Foreign Investors to PEZA and the Filipino Workers

"At Times when bureaucracy and municipal delays could have been critically damaging to our investment, PEZA has been a helpful hand in providing direction and assistance toward quick resolutions."
- Craig Reines, VP and General Manager for TeleTech Customer Care Management Phils, Inc.

"People are our most important asset, T.I. believes the Philippines has an edge because of its pool of skilled workers, especially in semiconductors. PEZA is the best agency of government because of its investor friendly policies and vision."
- Norberto Viera, President, Texas Instruments (Phils.), Inc.

"The work force is very good. They provide a lot of value-added to our customers."
-Mike Petrucci, President, Amkor Technology Phils.

"The Filipino worker is absolutely superb. The Filipino worker is very well educated, very eager to learn more and extremely fluent in English, and has a marvelous work ethics."
-Steven Leece, Managing Director, Moog Controls Corp.

"PEZA is the cleanest, most efficient and most supportive organization to foreign investors compared to all the other government investments organizations in Asia. PEZa never disappoints any investor. It is great advantage even to small business."
-Norihiko Maeno, President and CEO, Maeno Giken Inc

"PEZA is the real business partner. Their professionalism assures investors of steadfast support more than we expected."
-Yoshio Nagamine, President, Terumo (Philippines) Corporation

"The quality of workers in the Philippines is far better than that of Thailand and approximates that of Japanese workers at a fifth of the cost. About 80% of our workforce are women because they are better than men. I am happy that local schools produce very good engineers."
-Masaaki Nagamine, President, Fujitsu Computer Products Corporation of the Philippines

"Everybody can speak English which is very good for us. There is also a culture of quality workers. THe biggest factor is logistics. The Philippines is the hub of Asia. We have direct shipping to America and Europe. PEZA has been very supportive!"
-Masaaki Mukushi, Former President, Toshiba Information Equipment Phils., Inc.

What is PEZA?

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)is a government corporation established through legislative enactment known as “The Special Economic Zone Act of 1995.”

PEZA is an investment promotion agency and a government owned corporation, attached to the Department of Trade & Industry.

PEZA grants fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to developers of economic zones, export producers, and I.T. service exporters.

PEZA offers ready-to-occupy locations to foreign investors who are export producers or IT service exporters in world class and environment friendly Economic Zones and I.T. Parks / Buildings.

George W. Bush on Filipinos and Philippine-Americans

Gloria Arroyo with George W. Bush
"I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that -- in which there's a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the -- of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.

And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President."
- George W. Bush in a meeting with Pres. Gloria Arroyo
at the White House on June 24, 2008

-Of all the possible "small talk" comments a United States President could utter to another person similar to his stature- a Philippine President, George W. Bush came up with the stupidest blabber ever! While the statement sounded 'harmless' reading from the entire transcript of what transpired from that meeting, I feel a little bit slighted and offended by this comment bordering on racism, and belittling.

Don't your minions of staff brief you about who you're meeting and tell you about the country he/she represents prior to the meet? You are reminded of our great talent every time you eat dinner at the White House? How patronizing! Please. Sorry soon to-be- former Mr. President Bush, I did not get the joke!

George Bush made the comment in reference to Cristeta "Cris" Comerford who was named White House chef in August of 2005 and who still serves as the White House chef to this day! (We will find out if the Obama's will keep Miss Comerford in the White house. We certainly hope so!)

As for this thoughtless comment, George W. Bush will truly leave a mark on this blog. Talk about leaving a lasting impression!


Welcome 2009!

May this year be better than the last...
May this year give us a little peace of mind...
a little bit of hope,
a little bit of optimism,
a little bit of faith- more than last year...

Happy peaceful new year to us all!

12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country

1. Follow traffic rules. Follow the law. 2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt. 3. Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino. 4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country. 5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier. 6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve. 7. Support your church. 8. During elections, do your solemn duty. 9. Pay your employees well. 10. Pay your taxes. 11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child. 12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country. - Alexander L. Lacson, Lawyer and Author