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Techno park aim: 15,000 more jobs

A group of investors are setting up the Tanza Techno Park at Barangay Santo Niño, EB Magalona, that will serve as an industrial zone for export locators who are expected to create about 15,000 jobs in the area, businessman Andrew Regalado said yesterday.

Regalado, who is the project coordinator, along with Porferio Montesclaros, director of the Mactan Export Processing Zone Chamber of Exporters and Manufacturers, and Teddy Segura, president and chief executive officer of Nexus Philippines, this week met with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and EB Magalona Mayor David Lacson to discuss their venture.

The techno park will be established initially on 25 of about 142 hectares owned by the Maravilla family, he said.

Of the 142 hectares, 71 hectares are targeted to be used for solar farms, and the remaining 71 for the techno park, he explained.

About P250 million will be invested for the building of wide roads, a fire department, 24/7 Philippine Economic Zone Authority and Customs office, other amenities, and for the water supply needs of an initial 25 hectares, Regalado added.

It will be an industrial zone for export locators who use green technology in the production of pharmaceuticals, semi conductors, computer electronics and other products, he said.

They have applied for the conversion of the site where the techno park will be located from agricultural to industrial use with the local government of EB Magalona, Regalado said.

“We chose EB Magalaona as the site of the techno park because its mayor welcomes the setting up of industries in his town, especially those that use green technology, and the governor is very dynamic,” he said.

“Mayor Lacson and Gov. Maranon are also very supportive of our venture because of the jobs it will create,” Regalado said.

He said they also chose EB Magalona because it is 12 kilometers from the Bacolod-Silay Airport, about 23 kilometers from the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (BREDCO) Port, has adequate water supply,  good roads and the techno park can access electricity directly  from  Panay Energy Development Corp. via submarine cable.        

EB Magalona is also near golf courses, and Bacolod City that has been ranked as number three among the emerging cities in the Philippines with competitive advantage, he added.

Negros Occidental also has very good human resources and the techno park is located near the Technological University of the Philippines in Talisay City that produces among the top engineers in the country, Regalado said.

Among the investors in the techno park, aside from Filipinos, will be Koreans, Japanese and Chinese, he said.

Meanwhile, Regalado said the Bacolod Silay Airport needs to be extended by another 500 meters to allow for the landing of big cargo jets.

He noted that the Mactan International Airport now enjoys 175 flights a day, which are more than Manila, and that Cebu now  has 13 agricultural and industrial export processing zones.*CPG




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