ZamboEcozone reports upsurge of locators PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 December 2014 14:52

Export performance by the ZAMBOECOZONE locators is experiencing an upsurge. A 34.37 percent increase in export value was registered from January to November of 2014, as compared to the same period last year.

At present, ZAMBOECOZONE has 20 registered locators coming from varied industries and 19 prospective locators are currently in different stages of registration with a total committed investments of nearly 280 million pesos and a total aggregate area requirement of 2,262 hectares.

ZAMBOECOZONE had a total of 7 new locators in 2014. In the 1st Development Site we had 6– Gabmar Manpower Agency Inc., Leadership Manpower Services Inc. Eco Bottling Enterprises for a Water Bottling Factory, AML Fastfood, A. Tung Chingco Manufacturing Corp. engaged in the warehousing of Ligo Sardines and other canned products, and New Traditions Agri Farm and Trading for a 50 hectares Cassava and Banana plantation. AHS Agri-aqua Ventures is the solenew entry in the ZAMBOECOZONE Highlands for a 10-hectare Cacao plantation and Nursery.

Expected 2015 growth drivers is still the agriculture/aqua sector industry. ZCSEZA is focusing on the expansion projects of two of its locators, namely: San Miguel Foods Incorporated to lease two warehouses in the first industrial and CTK Asia Rubber Corp.’s 100 hectare area for the  development of an Integrated Rubber Industrial Park, to establish a supply chain of rubber-based industries.

With its natural unique advantages, the ZAMBOECOZONE and Freeport intends to position itself, as the center of Halal Industries in the Philippines, and become the Halal processing and manufacturing enclave of the Philippines.

In 2011, it was estimated that the Halal industry reached 2.1 Trillion U.S. Dollars, a global demand in Halal processed food, beverages and consumables to non-food products and services.

The Halal industry now spans across food processing, food service, cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals and logistics industries, and expanding further into lifestyle offerings including Halal travel & hospitality services.

The global Muslim population in 2013 was 2.04 Billion and is steadily increasing at a rate of 1.8 percent annually. Presently, Muslims represents 24 percent of the world’s population.

The potential of Halal products and services is not only limited to Muslim consumers but is also gaining increasing acceptance among non-Muslims, as consumers normally perceive Halal products as having undergone stringent inspection and standard control in terms of the ingredients used, strict safety and hygiene specifications and sanitation procedures.

To accommodate the incoming Halal processing companies projected to locate in the ZAMBOECOZONE to cater to the growing global consumer demands for Halal products, services and solutions, the ZAMBOECOZONE has delineated a fully integrated and contained 100-hectare area reserved for Halal processing and manufacturing companies in the 2nd Industrial Park.

ZAMBOECOZONE is also looking into becoming the region’s manufacturing and processing hub, as well as the investment and export haven, with emphasis and intent to promote value-adding to the peninsula’s champion products – Rubber, Seaweeds, Coconut, Processed Fish, Mango and Abaca.

Region 9 is number one in rubber production, contributing 38.4 percent of the national rubber output.

In terms of seaweeds production, Region 9 ranks 3rd, contributing roughly 12% of the total national output.

Zamboanga City is host to 9 major canning factories, hence is recognized as the sardines Capital of the Philippines. The Department of Trade and Industry estimates that the region supplies nearly 75 percent of the country’s total requirements for canned sardines.

Coconut is extensively grown in the region. Coco-based products such as coco-oil, pellets and others, remain the region’s biggest traditional export.

Zamboanga Peninsula is Mindanao’s second biggest producer of Mango, next only to Southern Mindanao. The region produces almost 90 thousand Metric Tons of Fresh Mangos annually.

Abaca is Region 9’s sixth champion product, which produces an average of nearly 650 Metric Tons annually.

The economic gains that the ZAMBOECOZONE has achieved coupled with the growing investors’ confidence underscores the all-important role of the zone as the hub in the development of Zamboanga Peninsula, making the region a vibrant and dynamic player in the ASEAN Integration. Albi A. Marquez/ ZAMBOECOZONEand Freeport, Zamboanga City