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Final Report

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

A. Background ………………………………………………….. 1
• Objective …………………………………………………………….. 1
• Activities ……………………………………………………………… 2
B. Economic Baseline and Investment Potentials Analysis ……... 3
1. Background in Silay’s Industry, Trade and Tourism Performance …… 3
1.1 Industry: Sugar Production …………………………………….… 3
1.2 Trade: Commercial Establishments ……………………….…….. 4
1.3 Tourism: Paris de Negros …………………………………….….. 5
2. Competitiveness Ranking ………………………………………….…. 6
3. Investment Potentials Analysis ……………………………………….. 9
3.1 Airports as National and Regional Economic Motors …………… 10
3.2 The Creative Industries ……………………………………….…. 11
3.3 Cultural-Historical and Adventure Tourism …………………….. 12
3.4 Medical and Health Tourism ………………………………….…. 12
3.5 Ethanol Production ………………………………………...…….. 13
3.6 Conclusions …………………………………………………...…. 13
C. Proposed Economic Development Strategy ………………….. 14
1. Strategic Goals ……………………………………………………..…. 14
2. Agro-Industrial Development ………………………………………… 15
3. Tourism Development …………………………………………..……. 15
4. Technology Promotion …………………………………………….…. 16
D. Suggested Types of Investment ………………………………. 17
E. Fiscal and Non-Fiscal Incentives ……………………………... 18
• Investments-Incentives Matrix ……………………………………..…. 19
Annexes ……………………………………………………………………...20
1. Draft Investment Incentive Code …………………………………………..20
2. Proposal for a Special Economic Zone …………………………………….55

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A. BACKGROUND

I nhome
2007, Silay Ciy will be
to the new Bacolod
Airport which is now under
construction. In preparation
for this, the Silay City Gov-
ernment has formulated a
long-term development
framework plan to guide the
city’s further growth espe-
cially around the airport
site. With the completion of the airport, the Silay City Government also antici-
pates the emergence of related challenges, particularly:
1. The need to be selective in accommodating new investments and eco-
nomic enterprises that would be attracted by the airport, in order to secure
those which offer the best potentials for generating employment and local
economic prosperity without damaging the natural environment; and
2. The further intensification of growth in the city’s established as well as
emerging activity centers, which will need to be guided in order to maxi-
mize economic and social benefits and to mitigate the negative effects of
unplanned growth.
In view of these challenges and to reinforce the development framework plan,
the Silay City Government has decided to establish an economic development
strategy, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and a city-wide investments incentives
code. This report contains the recommendations relative to these, as well as the
basis for these recommendations.

Objectives

T hislyzingreportthe issocial
based upon the result of a comprehensive study aimed at ana-
and economic benefits from new investments that the new
airport is anticipated to attract, while ensuring that at the same time these are en-
vironment-friendly. Its specific objective is to formulate an economic develop-
ment strategy, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) proposal and an investments in-
centives code in order to attract the kinds of investments and investors with the
highest potentials for generating employment and local economic prosperity to
locate in Silay City.
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Activities

T heputs:study comprised of several streams of activities given the required out-


1. Analysis of Silay’s economic potentials and competitiveness;
2. Formulation of an economic development strategy based on the above
analysis;
3. Identification of the range of preferred economic enterprises as well as
those that are expected to be attracted by the new airport, and the factors
that would likely influence their decision on where to locate;
4. Review and analysis of the incentives programs of the Board of Invest-
ments (BOI), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and other na-
tional agencies as to their applicability to the enterprises identified above,
and identify gaps;
5. Prepare the necessary proposal for submission to PEZA for approval of
Silay Agro-Industrial Ecozone;
6. Support to Silay City Government and Silay Agro Industrial Ecozone for
PEZA processing and evaluation of application;
7. Support to Silay City Government in the preparation and submission of
documentary requirements for Presidential Proclamation;
8. Drafting of a preliminary list of incentives which Silay City may provide
based on the information derived from the above;
9. Organization and conduct of consultation workshops with Sangguniang
Panglunsod, potential investors and city officials concerned to discuss and
agree on the preliminary list of incentives;
10. Review and analysis of neighboring and/or competing cities’ investments
incentives codes to determine nature and extent of possible competition;
and
11. Preparation of the draft Economic Development Strategy and Investments
Incentives Code of Silay City, and submission to the Sangguniang Pan-
glunsod for approval and adoption.

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B. ECONOMIC BASELINE AND
INVESTMENT POTENTIAL
ANALYSIS

1. Background on Silay’s Industry, Trade and


Tourism Performance

1.1 Industry: Sugar Production

S ilay City, just like the rest of Negros Occidental, is highly reliant on the
sugar industry. Therefore, its economic situation is determined by the gen-
eral performance of the sugar industry in both national and international markets.
In terms of business profitability in the city, the peak season of the sugar industry
or during the milling season could prove to be highly profitable and could cover
up losses of the past off-peak season.
Figure 1 describes the production of raw
sugar by mills located in Negros Occiden-
tal where Hawaiian-Philippines Company,
located in Silay City, is among the top five
producers. In particular, Table 1 displays
the sugar production of Hawaiian-
Philippines Company from crop years
One of Silay’s many sugarcane fields. 2000 to 2005.

Figure 1. Final Raw Sugar Production by Mills, 1999-2004

Metric Tons

1,200,00

1,000,00
800,00

600,00
400,00

200,00
0
1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004

Negros Occidental Biscom Hawaiian-Philippines La Carlota Lopez Victorias

Source: Sugar Regulatory Administration

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Table 1. Sugar Production, Hawaiian-Philippine Company, 2000-2005
Crop Year Tons Milled Sugar Produced Lkg/TC
2000-2001 1,088,079 1,847,415 1.70
2001-2002 1,004,385 1,814,060 1.81
2002-2003 1,136,184 2,042,228 1.80
2003-2004 1,143,405 2,113,102 1.85
2004-2005 1,130,955 2,315,222 2.05
Source: AHSSI Bulletin and CPDO-Silay City

1.2 Trade: Commercial Establishments

A side from the sugar industry of Silay City, there are manufacturing sub-
sectors that are existent, namely: Ceramics, Food Processing, Metalwork-
ing, Garments and Fish Processing. These sub-sectors are mostly home-based
and micro-asset-sized firms (PhP1.5 Million and below) and are unregistered
(informal).
In 2005, trade in Silay City had a total of 2,190 commercial establishments ac-
cording to the City License Division (CLD) and City Planning and Development
Office (CPDO). A large number of the said establishments are in the retail trad-
ing business mostly based in the Poblacion area.
Figure 2 shows the growth of commercial establishments registered with the Si-
lay City’s CLD and CPDO. Continuous growth is observed with constant in-
crease of registered businesses. This growth of business in Silay City simply im-
plies that there are huge investment potentials in the City.

Figure 2. Commercial Establishments Registration, 2001-2005

250
0
200
0
150
0
100
0
50
0
0
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Number of Commercial Establishments

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1.3 Tourism: Paris de Negros

I nitstherichtourism sector, Silay City has tourist resources that are characterized by
history, culture and arts, as well as its natural environmental amenities.
Known as the “Paris de Negros”, Silay City boast of a number of ancestral
houses, the historic San Diego parish church, and cultural activities, all of which
providing a great potential to attract prospective domestic and foreign tourists.
In addition, the natural
amenities and historic
sites in the outlying
barangays of Kapitan
Ramon and Patag present
potentials for adventure
tourism, such as white-
river rafting, mountain
trekking, and camping.
Patag in particular has a
rich diversity of flora and
fauna as well as numer-
ous springs and water-
falls. A number of caves
The Balay Negrense
used by Japanese soldiers
during World War II can also be found in Patag’s forested mountains.
But in spite of all these tourism potentials, Silay City has not been able to gener-
ate substantial share of tourist arrivals. Table 2 compares the tourist accommoda-
tion and other related facilities of different Negros Occidental LGUs including
that of Silay City. The apparent lack of a tourism development program, tourist
accommodations and other related facilities in Silay City poses a hindrance to
further development of the tourism industry potentials of Silay City.

Table 2. Tourist Accommodation and Other Facilities, Selected LGUs, 2003

Pension/Lodging Tourist
LGUs Resorts Hotels
Houses Inn

Bacolod City 4 11 10 8
San Carlos City 6 1 7 2
Sagay City 0 0 4 0
Silay City 0 0 2 0
Talisay City 1 0 0 0
Source: National Statistics Coordination Board

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2. City Competitiveness Ranking

Every year, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) conducts the Philip-
pine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project (PCCRP). In 2005, Silay City
was included in the PCCRP under the Small Cities category. The PCCRP as-
sesses the general ability of the city to attract investments, entrepreneurs, and
residents and, through this, establishes benchmarks that can aid individual cities
in measuring its competitiveness. It uses seven (7) indicators or “drivers” in its
assessment: 1) cost competitiveness; 2) Dynamism of local economy; 3) Link-
ages and accessibility; 4) Human resource and training; 5) Infrastructure; 6) Re-
sponsiveness of LGU; and 7) Quality of life.
Silay City was one of 37 small cities included, where San Fernando City, La Un-
ion was considered the most competitive in 2005. The following discussions
delve into each driver/variable providing the quantitative and qualitative bases
for the ranking result of Silay City. For each driver, the raw Score and current
Ranking of Silay City are given (the Score of 10 and the Rank of 1 means that it
is the most competitive) and notable quantitative or qualitative variables are
highlighted accordingly.

2.1 Cost of Doing Business


(Score: 6.35 & Rank: 6)

S ilay City’s attractiveness for business is good. Some quantitative factors,


particularly, the average rent of commercial space and the average cost of
acquiring telephone services, contributed largely to the City’s pull for busi-
nesses. Moreover, the non-existence of informal fees (bribes) for securing busi-
ness permits, licenses and clearances, specifically, in national government agen-
cies and local government offices in the City posted points for the City’s appeal
to businessmen.
However, a qualitative factor which pertains to the general profitability of doing
business in the City is very high only ranked 18th out of the 37 cities that were
ranked. This implies that Silay City is not readily the top choice of local busi-
nessmen thinking about investing in the City. But with the completion of the
New Bacolod Airport, this particular economic feature of the Survey for Silay
City will definitely change.

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2.2 Dynamism of Local Economy
(Score: 4.52 & Rank: 26)

I nAlthough
terms of Silay City’s economic vigor, there is much promise and potential.
it is like the rest of Negros Occidental, reliant on the sugar industry,
the completion of the New Bacolod Airport in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City poses
the opportunity for economic diversification and vitality. It must be stressed that
Silay City’s economic performance is highly determined by the performance of
the sugar industry, both in the national and world markets. Business profitability
in the City is profitably high during peak seasons for the sugar industry, or dur-
ing the milling season that could readily cover-up for certain losses of the previ-
ous off-season.
Out of the seven drivers, this variable on local economic vigor is the lowest. But,
it must be seen that certain quantitative factors such as the local inflation rate
and the growth of registered businesses from 2003 to 2004, provided the City
some bright spots in this driver of the Survey. This easily implies the promise
and potential of Silay City for further growth and energy of its economy. Fur-
thermore, this bright qualitative feature on tourism as an industry is a vibrant
sector apparently establishes tourism as one of the cornerstones of Silay City’s
future development and economic vitality.

2.3 Linkages and Accessibility


(Score: 6.14 & Rank: 12)

T helocated
qualitative feature on raw materials and other production inputs are
th
near the city ranked 6 among 37 cities. This implies the accessi-
bility of major inputs for production for firms in the City. This further entails an-
other one of the cornerstones of Silay City’s future economic development and
economic vigor, i.e., agro-industrial production.
Another qualitative factor on international entry and exit points such as airports,
seaports, and other transshipment points located near the City ranked 16th
among other cities. This feature will definitely change as soon as the New Ba-
colod Airport is completed and completely operational.

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2.4 Human Resources and Training
(Score: 6.13 & Rank: 19)

T helationquantitative feature number of vocational institutions per 100,000 popu-


th
ranked high at 4 in this driver for Silay City. This is further sup-
ported by the qualitative feature workers from the local pool are eager to develop
skills with a score and rank of 7.07 and 18th, respectively. These factors imply the
rich potential of human resource in Silay City. With proper training and educa-
tional support, human resources in Silay City can be further developed and im-
proved and thus sustain the economic and social benefits of the New Bacolod
Airport.
It is also worthwhile to emphasize that in terms of the quantitative factor number
of tertiary educational institutions per population ranks Silay City at 34th with a
low score of 2.00. This can be attributed to the proximity of Silay City to the
capital city of Bacolod where there are a lot of tertiary schools that Silaynons can
enroll in. However, it would be very important to supplement the current number
of tertiary educational institutions in Silay City to spread and further extend hu-
man resource development in the area.

2.5 Infrastructure
(Score: 6.26 & Rank: 16)

I nmenttermsis ofwellInfrastructure, qualitative features such as the city’s traffic manage-


managed, roads are not congested during peak hours and the
city’s waste management program works very well rank considerably high for
Silay City at 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively. These factors suggest that Silay City
has been relatively successful in traffic and waste management. City programs,
therefore, should be continued and improved even as the completion of the New
Bacolod Airport will definitely pose challenges to the City’s traffic and waste
management programs.
Although the qualitative factor of
internet service providers are reliable
ranked a modest 19th for Silay City,
another qualitative factor on cellular
phone signals in the city are always
adequate ranked a low 35th. This en-
tails the further development of cellu-
lar sites in the City to improve cellu-
lar phone signals. Junction of National Highway and McKinley Road

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2.6 Responsiveness of LGU to Business Needs
(Score: 6.45 & Rank: 9)

Q ualitative features such as securing a business permit is simple and effi-


cient, the local government holds regular forums to elicit opinions of its
constituents, business taxes imposed by the city are reasonable, and local gov-
ernment programs to assist unemployed constituents are existent ranked Silay
City at 3rd, 5th,1st, and 5th, respectively. These are good indications of the City’s
receptiveness and sensitivity in developing business and addressing business-
related needs.

2.7 Quality of Life (Score: 6.65 & Rank: 7)

I n100,000
the area of Quality of Life, quantitative factors such as incidence of theft per
population and incidence of murder per 100,000 population ranks Si-
lay City at number 1 for both features. These variables indicate the livability of
Silay City.

2.8 Conclusions

S ilay City’s scores in the 2005 Competitiveness Study suggest that the city
has room for improvement, particularly in the areas of (1) Dynamism of
the local economy; (2) Human resources and training; and (3) Infrastructure.
Therefore, to further strengthen Silay City’s competitiveness, it needs to focus its
efforts on these areas, even as the new airport is expected to catalyze new eco-
nomic activities.

3. Investment Potentials Analysis

F or a more focused analysis of investment potentials for Silay City, it is rec-


ognized that airports, in general, have a considerable economic and social
impact on their surrounding regions. The importance of transport to economic
growth has been stressed by the European Commission in their Transport White
Paper: “It is difficult to conceive of vigorous economic growth which can create
jobs and wealth without an efficient transport system that allows full to be taken
of the internal market and globalized trade.”
With the completion of the New Bacolod Airport in Silay City by 2007, Silay
City is in the best position to take advantage of the opportunities for vigorous
economic growth and social transformation. Thus, the big question that needs to
be addressed is: What are the investment potentials of Silay City that would help
catapult Silay City to greater economic development heights?

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3.1 Airports as National and
Regional Economic Motors

T hemaking
presence of airports are said to be “absolutely essential” to businesses
location decisions. Airports that have good connectivity can act as
powerful magnets for potential investors. In a study in the United Kingdom
(UK), there are thirteen (13) economic sectors (out of 35) that make most inten-
sive use of air transport for passengers or freight. These are: Insurance; Banking
and Finance; Communication; Coke, Petroleum and Nuclear Fuel; Printing and
Publishing; Extraction; Transport; Computer Activities; Precision and Optical
Instruments; Research and Development; Other Means of Transport; and, Other
Business Activities.
Emerging from all these possible industries that would prosper with the comple-
tion of the New Bacolod Airport, Petroleum (through ethanol production) and the
Creative Industries (such as Printing and Publishing, Computer Activities
through Multimedia) would be possible investment priorities for the City.
In any nation, air transport is the principal means by which tourists, both domes-
tic and foreign, access the country and various attractions in the country. Tour-
ism is a major growth sector for both developed and developing countries. There-
fore, the completion of the New Bacolod Airport poses numerous tourism devel-
opment opportunities for Silay City.
The succeeding discussion will focus on potential industries that could be suc-
cessful once the New Bacolod Airport is completed and fully functioning.

Silay’s urban land use and road network plan.

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3.2 The Creative Industries

T hedustries”
concept of “Creative In-
came about in
Australia in the early 1990s, but
was given much attention by pol-
icy makers in the United King-
dom in the late 1990s. The UK
Creative Industries Taskforce de-
fines Creative Industries as “those
industries which have their origin
in individual creativity, skills and
talent and which have a potential
for wealth and job-creation through the generation and exploitation of intellec-
tual property”. The United Nations notes that industries or areas of activity that
constitute Creative Industries can be identified as the following: the recording
industry; music and theatre production; the motion picture industry; music pub-
lishing; book, journal and newspaper publishing; the computer software indus-
try; photography; commercial art; and the radio, television and cable broadcast-
ing industries.
In terms of economic contribution, Creative Industries are globally estimated to
have contributed about more than seven (7) percent of the world’s gross domes-
tic product (GDP) and are expected to grow at an average of ten (10) percent an-
nually. In terms of numbers, Creative Industries actually contributed about
US$1.4 trillion to the world’s economy. However, data on the economic contri-
bution of Creative Industries in the Philippines is yet to be created and estab-
lished.
The goal of attracting Creative Industries to Silay City would be a good comple-
ment to Silay’s reputation as “Paris de Negros”. As the “Intellectual Center” of
Negros Occidental, the location of Creative Industries would revive and boost
the production of local talents in various fields, such as in the music, arts, archi-
tecture and journalism.
To induce Creative Industries to locate in Silay City, the provision of a special
economic zone that is geared toward attracting these industries should be in
place. The said economic area should be presented and marketed along the lines
of Silay as the “Paris de Negros” and/or the “Intellectual Center” of Negros Oc-
cidental.

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3.3 Cultural - Historical and Adventure Tourism

N egros Occidental is a province teeming with national treasures and cultural


heritage sites. In fact, Silay City has been declared by the National Heri-
tage Institute (NHI) as a “Museum City” because of the existence of thirty-one
(31) accredited ancestral homes. Particularly, the Benardino-Jalandoni Museum
and the Balay Negrense are two of the major cultural show cases of Silay City. In
addition, there is the historic San Diego Pro-Cathedral, which has been serving a
vital role in the spiritual development of Silaynons since the late 1800s. There
are also caves and artillery bunkers in Silay’s mountains which the Japanese sol-
diers of World War II left behind.
Apart from these rich historical and heritage spots, Silay City is also host to the
Hawaiian-Philippine Company where a locomotive railroad still exists. The fur-
ther revival of this said mode of transportation could be the center-piece of a ma-
jor tourist attraction tour that gives guests an idea of how “Negros, Sugar Bowl
of the Philippines” title came to be.
Furthermore, Silay City’s barangays such as Kapitan Ramon and Patag have sig-
nificant natural assets that have all the makings of an adventure tourism destina-
tion. It is in this tourism niche that Silay has a distinct comparative advantage. Its
potentials include spelunking, jingle trekking, rappelling, mountain biking,
white-river rafting and camping.

3.4 Medical & Health Tourism

A sbalaon
cited in the Development Vision for Silay City, the general area of Guim-
presents good potentials for retirement communities which can be
further developed together with golf courses or leisure farms. The area of Patag,
on the other hand, offers good potential for mountain resorts and related tourist
activities.
Health-related industries, such as spa,
relaxation and health recovery centers
and clinics, have great potentials due to
the fact that our neighboring countries’
population, such as South Korea, Japan
and China, are quickly ageing. Thus,
with greater accessibility of Silay City
through the New Bacolod Airport, these
potential tourists from the abovemen-
Bgy. Guimbalaon would be good for resorts.
tioned nations would definitely consider
coming to Silay City’s health rejuvenation attractions.

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3.5 Ethanol Production

A lthough there are mixed prospects about the Philippine sugar industry in
general, the production of ethanol as an additive to gasoline is fast becom-
ing a necessity because of the continuing rise of crude oil prices in the world
market fanned by the instability in the Middle East.
Sugarcane, being one of the cheapest feedstock among other possible crops capa-
ble for ethanol production, is seen as the most ready raw material to provide the
required supply. House Bill 4629 filed by Bukidnon Rep Juan Miguel Zubiri was
earlier approved by the Lower House and is expected by the Sugar Regulatory
Administration (SRA) and industry stakeholders to be passed within 2006. This
proposed bio-ethanol program will bring economic benefits to the country since
it is cheaper compared to imported fuel. It is also found out to be compatible
with almost all car engines especially after 1986 model at 10% blend keeping the
environment clean. Once this program is implemented, it will create jobs in the
countryside.

3.6 Conclusions

W ithcometheonecompletion of the New Bacolod Airport, Silay City is poised to be-


of the fastest rising new cities in the country. This report has
outlined the current economic situation of Silay City and its investment poten-
tials and probable economic development priorities. Hinged on the opportunity
of hosting the New Bacolod Airport, Silay City’s investment and economic de-
velopment opportunities are outlined in the proposed economic development
strategy.
Note that investment priorities are apart from industries that are inherent to the
functions of an airport such as logistics and cargo hauling activities that will defi-
nitely and eventually bring revenues to the City. The industries outlined above,
on the other hand, are good targets for the City to develop due to the proximity
and competitive advantage of major inputs to these industries.

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C. PROPOSED ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

1. Strategic Goals

T henamely:
proposed economic development strategy has three main strategic goals
economic, poverty alleviation, and environmental goals. The spe-
cific goals are the following: 1) to increase Gross Domestic Product (GNP)/
output of Silay City (economic); 2) to generate more jobs for the people of Silay
(poverty alleviation); and, 3) to improve the livability of the City
(environmental).
These goals are hinged on two (2) basic strategies. These are: 1) to provide in-
centives to landowners who will initiate urban development in their properties
(must be based on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan or CLUP in terms of land
use and location); and, 2) to provide incentives to locators who will bring invest-
ments to Silay City. This distinction is being made because of the difference be-
tween the inputs of landowners and of locators/investors, although a landowner
may also be an investor.
As part of this proposed economic development strategy, there is a need to align
with the National Government’s (NG) development priorities for complementar-
ity. It must be pointed out that the 2006 State of the Nation Address (SONA) of
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) outlined the enhancement of the
competitive advantage of natural “Super Regions” of the Philippines. These Su-
per Regions are: 1) North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle; 2) Metro Luzon Ur-
ban Beltway; 3) Central Philippines; 4) Mindanao; and, 5) Cyber Corridor.
Silay City is located within the Central Philippines Super Region that is poised to
be developed as a major tourism area with various airports being constructed in-
cluding the Silay City airport. There will be a total of PhP1.71 trillion, 4.45% of
the total GDP of the Philippines, slated for numerous infrastructure spending.
The establishment of the Silay City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will direct
and focus efforts at economic development in the City. The SEZ will facilitate
significant economic benefits while addressing social and environmental impli-
cations. Therefore, the immediate identification and approval of the site for an
SEZ will key to reaping actual economic gains.
The succeeding discussions focus on the three strategic investment areas that are
being proposed to form the backbone of Silay’s Economic Development Strat-
egy.

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2. Agro-Industrial Development

S ilay City, as earlier pointed, has been a mono-crop economy solely reliant
on the sugarcane industry. To help Silay City diversify its mono-crop eco-
nomic base, agri-business firms should be encouraged to locate in the SEZ or in
other areas slated for agro-industrial development. Given the City’s traditional
sugarcane-based economy, it is appropriate to build upon this base, as a resource
complement, in enhancing the city’s economy. Value-added sugar-based prod-
ucts, like ethanol, ethyl alcohol, rum and confectionary are possible industries
that could be accommodated in the City.
Aside from taking advantage of the abundant resource like sugarcane, other agro-
industrial enterprises and
various small-scale indus-
tries should as well be en-
couraged. These industries
such as cut-flower produc-
tion and pot-making should
be further supported and
developed to help the econ-
omy diversify into other
agro-based enterprises.

A Special Economic Zone would boost Silay’s Economy.

3. Tourism Development

C entral Philippines Super Region, where Silay City is strategically located,


is poised to be developed as a major tourism destination in the Philippines.
Dubbed as the “Paris de Negros”, Silay City is among already major tourism
spots in the Philippines like Boracay in Aklan, Panglao in Bohol, Cebu City,
Iloilo City, as well as Bacolod City itself. With the new airport of international
standards, Silay City should be ready to accept an increased number of visitors
and tourists. Therefore, tourism-related businesses and firms should be encour-
aged in the City.
A growing trend of tourism is the need for medical, health and retirement facili-
ties in the area. It is a fact that a lot of developed countries like South Korea, Ja-
pan and Australia have demographic trends where these nations’ populations are
quickly aging. Thus, the demand for medical, health and retirement-related ser-
vices are continuously growing. With these major trends, Silay City must focus
on the development of these types of facilities.
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Silay City needs to develop and implement a pro-active tourism development
program, capitalizing on its rich potentials in at least two tourism areas of attrac-
tion, namely: (1) cultural-historical; and (2) adventure and eco-tourism. The
presence of the new airport will also likely open new opportunities for retirement
havens and health/medical tourism.

Silay’s mountain barangays provide many tourism potentials.

4. Technology Promotion

H igh technology industries should


be encouraged in Silay City and
should be invited to locate within the
future SEZ. IT-related firms – includ-
ing IT products, information services,
software development, and telecom-
munications – should be the specific
targets of the City. In order to support
long-term economic development in
Schools for IT are good investments.
the Silay City, it is crucial to attract
universities, colleges, schools and relevant training centers into the City. The es-
tablishment of these educational and training hubs will greatly guarantee the sus-
tainability of Silay’s drive for increased and further economic gain.

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D. SUGGESTED TYPES
OF INVESTMENTS

T heeconomic
following are the list of specific investment types under each proposed
development strategy discussed previously:

1. Agro-Industrial Investments
1.1 Sugarcane By-Products (Sweets,
Candies, Condiments,
Confectionary)
1.2 Cut-flower Production
1.3 Wines and Spirits Distillery
1.4 High-Value Crops
2. Tourism Investments
2.1 Retirement Villages
2.2 Hotels and Pension Houses
2.3 Mountain Resort Development
2.4 Adventure and Eco-Tourism
Facilities

3. Technology Promotion Investments


3.1 Information Technology (IT)
related products
3.2 Information Services
(Business Process Outsourcing)
3.3 Software Development
3.4 Telecommunications
3.5 Creative Industries (Animation,
Publishing)
3.6 Schools, Colleges, and
Universities
3.7 Special Skills Learning Centers
(English Training)
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E. FISCAL AND NON-FISCAL
INCENTIVES

T ovestattract both potential investors and locators, including landowners, to in-


in the City, a list of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives are presented. For
the fiscal incentives, the following may be offered:
1. Exemption from Local Licenses, Fees, and Dues – such as the Mayor’s
Permit Fee, Building Permit Fee, Business Sales Tax, Transfer Tax and
other kinds of local licenses, dues, imposts, except for the regulatory fees.
2. Exemption from Real Property Tax - Full exemption from payment of
Real Property Tax shall be granted to an eligible enterprise for machinery
and equipment or devices or other investments for pollution control, envi-
ronment protection and fire protection equipment, for a period of three
(3) years from the starting date of operation.
3. Land that is classified, either commercial or residential and used exclu-
sively for parking purposes, shall be exempted from the payment of Real
Property Tax covering the first five (5) years of operation.

There are non-fiscal incentives that are being offered as well. To wit:
A. Urban Planning and Zoning Privileges
1. Technical support by the City to the enterprise in land use conversion
process, initial validation by the City of site development plans to fast
track approvals, and special review of specific details by concerned
City departments to facilitate permits, etc.;
2. Facilitation of requests for zoning revisions in sites zoned as areas in
transition; and,
3. Exemption from New Development Fees imposed on strategic areas
earmarked, or being considered by the City for development.
B. Infrastructure and Utilities Support
1. Prioritization of City infrastructure and utilities provision for con-
cerned area development; and,
2. Special arrangements for negotiated link with, or joint use of, exist-
ing City infrastructure/utility.
C. Site Development Construction Support
1. Joint venture development with the City for prospective public infra-
structure (roads, drainage, bridge, etc.) features within the private en-

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terprise’s project area;
2. Facilitation of negotiations for site resettlement requirement/s;
3. Facilitation of negotiations with concerned parties for specific devel-
opment trade-off proposals (such as common facilities like sewage
treatment plants, parking, etc.) and rights-of-way; and,
4. Technical support in negotiations for land consolidation and/or read-
justment requirement.
There are other incentives that may be offered aside from fiscal and non-fiscal
incentives already stated. This is with regard to donation of land or real property.
For example, persons donating land or real property to the City for its priority
projects shall be entitled to tax credits which can be used to pay tax obligations
to the City Government. Priority projects contemplated herein include but not
limited to: housing projects, resort and spa projects, public markets, bus termi-
nals, health and other recreation projects, educational institutions, government
centers, and other sports facilities.

Investments – Incentives Matrix (showing examples only)


SAMPLE FISCAL NON-FISCAL
INVESTORS
PROJECTS INCENTIVES INCENTIVES
Landowners • Hotels • Deferment of permit • Prioritization of city
• Industrial fees infrastructure to the
Estate • Real estate tax defer- area concerned
• Retirement ment • Certification of land
Villages • Tax holiday from use conversion (For
• Agri-Business development im- CARP exemption)
provement fees • Facilitation of per-
mits
Locators • Factories • Tax holidays • Facilitation of
• Warehouses • Discount on permit PEZA, BOI, etc.
• Retail outlets fees incentives
• Service shops • Support for provi-
sion of special busi-
ness-related facilities
• One-stop-shop ser-
vice for permits

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Annex 1

Draft Investment Incentive Code

Republic of the Philippines


City of Silay
OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD

PROPOSED SILAY CITY INVESTMENT INCENTIVES CODE OF 2006

WHEREAS, many developing countries, and developing cities within


these countries, have adopted compensating investment codes or other invest-
ment incentive laws for several reasons, with intent of encouraging and stimulat-
ing increased private investments, both domestic and foreign, helping remove
market distortions;

WHEREAS, most countries provide specialized incentives for exporters


in order to be more competitive with other market players in other countries with
less distorted economic environment;

WHEREAS, investment incentive legislation is a global phenomenon


being offered by developing countries to help integrate domestic economies with
the global economy, and better compete in the world market; incentive grants are
prerogatives of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) under 192 of Republic Act
7160 (RA 7160) or the Local Government Code of 1991;

WHEREAS, it is a deep desire of the Silay City Government and the


People of Silay to catapult the City to a better and competitive economic posi-
tion, especially that the opening of the New Bacolod Airport provides an oppor-
tune time to improve economic activities, resulting from the stimulation and en-
couragement of more domestic and foreign investments;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it enacted by the Sangguniang Panglungsod


session assembled:

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CHAPTER I

TITLE, POLICY STATEMENT, DECLARATION AND PURPOSE

SECTION 1 – TITLE – This Ordinance shall be known as “SILAY CITY


INVESTMENT INCENTIVES CODE OF 2006”.

SECTION 2 – POLICY STATEMENT – To further our determined effort


and deep desire to hasten economic growth and development of our City, we, the
People of Silay, welcome new investments, expand existing businesses, diversify
industries and other business endeavors that will create employment opportuni-
ties and increase economic activities which will eventually uplift the economic
conditions and improve further the quality of life of all the People of Silay.

In our vision for economic development based on Tourism, Agro-


Industrial, Human Resources, and IT-Related Development, we encourage do-
mestic and foreign capital to establish enterprises that would utilize substantial
amount of labor, raw materials and natural resources in a manner that are not dis-
ruptive to ecology and is in accordance with the City’s Development Vision and
Local Economic Development Plan.

SECTION 3 – DECLARATION OF INVESTMENT PRINCIPLES AND


POLICIES:

It is hereby declared as a policy of the City Government to attract local


and foreign investors by the creation of a competitive climate for investments
and the provision of incentives for investments that will promote development,
income generation and employment for the People of Silay City.

It is the City’s policy to encourage investments that will adhere to the


mutual benefits of its citizens and the investors embracing the principles of sus-
tainable development and complete human development.

The City recognizes the important role of the private sector as the prime
mover of economic progress with the City Government.

The City acknowledges its responsibility to promote and provide indus-


trial peace, security and infrastructure implementation, and the cultivation of a
responsible citizenry.

SECTION 4 – PURPOSE, INTENT AND OBJECTIVES – It is the purpose,


intent and objective of this Code to:

1. Lay down the legal framework and mechanism for integrating the investment
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incentives laws of the National Government with the local development initia-
tive;

2. Promote and enhance the image of Silay City as a preferred investment desti-
nation;

3. Create a competitive investment atmosphere by setting up a one-stop process-


ing center to assist investors;

4. Promulgate investment policy guidelines for investors to have access to infor-


mation on local investment priority areas and corresponding tax exemptions,
privileges and incentives; and,

5. Transform selected areas of Silay City into highly developed Tourist, Agro-
Industrial, Human Resources and IT-related Centers of the Province of Negros
Occidental, the Region and the country.

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CHAPTER II

DEFINITION OF TERMS

SECTION 1 – DEFINITION OF TERMS WHEN USED IN THIS CODE –


Other definitions notwithstanding the following words and phrases for the pur-
pose of the Ordinance shall mean:

1. CODE/ORDINANCE – shall refer to the Silay Investment Incentives Code of


2006.

2. CITY – shall refer Silay City covering all the areas within its territorial juris-
diction as provided for by law and its charter.

3. BOARD/SCIB – shall refer to the Silay City Investment Board created under
this Ordinance.

4. SILAY INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS CENTER (SIPC) – shall refer to a


one-stop investment action center. It shall assist the investor in its dealings with
the Local Government Unit (LGU) with regard to his/her business operations and
shall facilitate other pertinent business needs.

5. BONA FIDE RESIDENT – shall refer to a person with at least six (6) months
residency in Silay City.

6. INVESTMENT – shall mean money, equipment of properties, professional


services or rights expressed in monetary value put in for the purpose of engaging
in a business activity.

7. CAPITALIZATION – shall refer to the total assets of the company excluding


the value of the land.

8. NATIONAL LAWS – shall refer to decrees, executive orders (EO) and all
laws passed by the National Congress such as the following:

EO 226 – Omnibus Investment Code of 1987 (OIC of 1987)


RA 7844 – Export Development Act of 1994
RA 7916 – Special Economic Zone of 1995
RA 7718 – Build-Operate-Transfer Law or BOT Law (Enacted on May
1994)
RA 8289 – Magna Carta for Small Enterprises
RA 7160 – Local Government Code of 1991

9. BOI – shall refer to the Board of Investments under Executive Order No. 226,
otherwise known as the OIC of 1987.

10. DTI – shall refer to the Department of Trade and Industry.

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11. SEC – shall refer to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

12. CDA – shall refer to the Cooperative Development Authority.

13. PRA – shall refer to the Philippine Retirement Authority

14. PEZA – shall refer to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

15. SMALL-SCALE ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a business endeavor with an


asset size of PhP3 million up to PhP15 million excluding the value of the land, as
defined by the Small and Medium Development (SMED) Council, Resolution
No. 02, and series 2001 dated April 06, 2001.

16. MEDIUM-SCALE ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a business endeavor with


an asset size over PhP15 million excluding the value of the land, as defined by
SMED Council, Resolution No. 02, and series 2001 dated April 06, 2001.

17. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a business endeavor with an


asset size over PhP100 million excluding the value of the land, as defined by
SMED Council, Resolution No. 02, and series 2001 dated April 06, 2001.

18. PIONEER ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a registered enterprise engaged in


the manufacture, processing or production, and not merely in the assembly or
packaging of goods, products, commodities or raw materials that have not been
or are not being produced in the Philippines on a commercial scale.

19. NON-PIONEER ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a registered enterprise en-


gaged in the manufacture, processing or production, and not merely in the assem-
bly or packaging of goods, products, commodities or raw materials that have
been or are being produced in the Philippines on a commercial scale.

20. INCENTIVE – shall mean benefits or privileges granted by Silay City to


encourage and promote domestic and foreign investments.

21. FISCAL INCENTIVES – shall mean direct financial or monetary benefit to


the investor.

22. NON-FISCAL INCENTIVES – shall mean non-monetary value of incentive


that provides indirect benefit to an investor like special assistance and promo-
tions.

23. NEW INVESTOR – shall refer to a single proprietorship, partnership, coop-


erative or corporation organized and existing under Philippine laws who has not
engaged in any kind or type of business in Silay City and is interested in estab-
lishing their place of operation or production in the City after the adoption of this
Ordinance.

24. EXISTING ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a single proprietorship, partner-


ship, cooperative or corporation organized and existing under Philippine laws
that is already engaged in any kind or type of business whose place of operation
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or production is located within the territorial jurisdiction of Silay City prior to
the adoption of this Ordinance.

25. ENTERPRISE UNDER EXPANSION/DIVERSIFICATION – shall refer to


an existing enterprise that shall establish its expansion project on another loca-
tion within the City preferably on a low growth area.

26. REGISTERED ENTERPRISES – shall refer to single proprietorship, part-


nership, cooperative or corporation organized and existing under Philippine laws
that is registered with the BOI and is already availing of national incentives.

27. APPLICANT – shall refer to a new investor, an existing enterprise or a reg-


istered enterprise that is applying for the availment of incentives as provided for
in this Code.

28. ELIGIBLE ENTERPRISE – shall refer to a new investor, existing enterprise


or registered enterprise whose application for the availment of incentives as pro-
vided for under this Code has been approved by the SCIB and after the payment
of the registration fee and the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility, is officially
registered with the Board.

29. CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION – shall refer to a document issued by


a national agency such as the DTI, the SEC or the CDA stating and certifying
that such a business enterprise is duly registered in their respective agency.

30. CERITIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY – shall refer to a document issued by the


SCIB to an applicant whose application has been approved, stating the incentives
granted as provided for in this Code.

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CHAPTER III

THE INVESTMENT BOARD

SECTION 1 – THE CREATION OF THE SILAY CITY INVESTMENT


BOARD (SCIB) – The Silay City Investment Board is hereby created to imple-
ment the provisions of this Code.

SECTION 2 – COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD – The SCIB shall be com-


posed of the following:

Chairman: City Mayor


Vice-Chairman: City Vice-Mayor

Members:
SP Member, Committee Chairman on Trade and Industry
Two (2) Representatives from the Private Sector duly accredited by the SP

Provided, that in the absence of an SP Committee Chairman, Department


Head, or any other Member of the Board, he/she shall be represented by their
Vice-Chairman, Assistant Department Head or Authorized Representative from
their respective SP Committee and Department.

Provided further, that the two (2) Private Sector representatives and their
alternates shall be recommended by the sectors and organizations they represent
and shall be appointed by the City Mayor for a term of two (2) years.

SECTION 3 – MEETING AND QUORUM OF THE BOARD – The SCIB


shall hold an organizational meeting upon the approval and publication of this
Code. The Board shall meet as often as necessary, the frequency of which shall
be determined by the Board member themselves. The Quorum shall be fifty per-
cent (50%) plus one of the total memberships of the Board. A special Board
meeting maybe called upon the request of the majority of the Board. The Chair-
man of the Board is included on the determination of the quorum. The meeting
venue shall also be decided upon by the Board.

SECTION 4 – POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE BOARD – The SCIB shall


be responsible for the regulation and promotion of investments in Silay City. The
Board having constituted a quorum shall have the following powers and duties:

1. Prescribe, recommend and promulgate the rules, regulations and guidelines to


implement this Ordinance;

2. Identify prioritized/preferred types of investments and/or activities to be pro-


moted as well as appropriate incentives and support measures which shall be ex-
tended to new investors or existing enterprises so as to be able to attract invest-
ment in those areas;

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3. Establish and oversee the Silay Investment Promotions Center (SIPC);

4. Accept, process, appraise, evaluate and approve or disapprove application for


incentives availment and its extension based on the following criteria:

a. The eligible enterprise suffered operational force majeure that has im-
paired its viability;
b. The eligible enterprise has not fully enjoyed the incentive granted to it
for a reason beyond its control; and,
c. The eligible enterprise has not commenced its commercial operation.

5. Decide on any controversy or issues that may arise from the grant of tax in-
centives, relief and privileges provided for in this Code and its decision shall be
final and executory;

6. Design, create and publish promotional materials and brochures to promote


Silay City as a preferred investment destination;

7. Make arrangements with the National Government Agencies and/or Private


Organizations for the purpose of making Silay City more competitive in business
and investment promotion;

8. Review and implement the Silay City Local Economic Development Plan;

9. Submit to the SP applications for incentives as recommended by the Board


for approval pursuant to the provisions of Book II, Section 458 (xii) of the Local
Government Code of 1991;

10. Conduct periodic review of all eligible enterprises;

11. Render an Annual Report to the SP;

12. Recommend to the SP through the Chairman budget and/or identifying fund-
ing alternatives for the effective implementation of the provisions of this Code;
and,

13. Exercise and assume all powers and duties necessary or incidental to attain
the purpose of this Code.

SECTION 5 – POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE


SCIB – The Chairman of the SCIB shall have the following powers and duties:

1. Call and preside over the regular and special meetings of the Board;

2. Appoint new Members subject to the approval of the majority of the Members
of the Board in case of vacancy due to resignation of incapacity of any Member;

3. Sign all warrants/disbursements pertaining to the operations of the Board;

4. Sign all Certificates of Eligibility in behalf of the Board;


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5. Render an Annual Report to the Board and such other reports as may be re-
quested by the City Government;

6. Oversee the implementation of this Code;

7. Exercise general supervision over the operations of the SIPC;

8. Act as liaison between investors and other government agencies;

9. Submit to the SP for appropriation and approval in the form of a resolution or


amendment of the Code budgetary requirements, over-and-above the mandatory
appropriation needed or required for the effective implementation of the projects
and operation of the SIPC;
10. Recommend to the Board such policies and measures he/she may deem nec-
essary to carry out the objectives of this Code; and,

11. Exercise such other powers and perform such duties as the Board may direct
or authorize from time to time.

SECTION 6 – DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS OF


THE BOARD SECRETARY – The Secretary of the SCIB shall have the fol-
lowing duties and responsibilities;

1. Keep a journal and complete record of all proceedings of every meeting in the
form of minutes duly approved by the majority of the Members present;

2. Keep and act as custodian of the records of the minutes of the Board meeting
and other official records of the Board;

3. Take responsibility on the production, printing and maintenance of a substan-


tial number of application forms for incentive availment, promotional brochures,
flyers and other literature regarding investment;

4. Prepare budgetary requirements for the operations of the Board;

5. Serve as liaison between SCIB and DTI-BOI especially on matters of new


investment marketing techniques, and other perks in luring investment; and,

6. Assist in the implementation of this Code and to perform their functions as


directed by the Board.

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CHAPTER IV

SILAY INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS CENTER (SIPC)

SECTION 1 – SILAY INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS CENTER – The


SIPC is hereby created that will serve as an official office of the SCIB. It shall be
headed by the Investment Promotions Center Officer (IPCO) and shall be desig-
nated or hired by the Chairman, and at the same time, shall act as the Secretary
of the Board. The SIPC shall have the following functions:

1. Serve as a one-stop documentation and processing center;

2. Serve as an investment information center;

3. Serve as business center between SCIB and those who wish to transact offi-
cial business with the SCIB;

4. Assist the Board in the promotional aspect of the Code such as: establish busi-
ness linkages and networking, conduct and coordinate investment missions and
economic briefings, and prepare trade and investment promotion collateral;

5. Provide pre-counseling/advice to prospective applicants and answer particular


queries;

6. Receive applications of firms/establishments, seeking to avail of incentives


under this Code;

7. Evaluate applications on the basis of documents submitted. The Center shall


forward complete applications of qualified investors to the Board. Otherwise, it
shall inform applicants of rejection of their applications and the reason/s thereof;

8. In the event the application is approved by the Board, furnish the City Treas-
urer and the City Assessor, copies of the Board resolution granting incentives
and Certificate of Eligibility, for their information and guidance in the imple-
mentation thereof;

9. Have custody and responsibility of filing and safekeeping of all records and
documents;

10. Provide administrative and secretariat services to the Board;

11. Provide the “investors-after-care-services” that refers to the assistance to in-


vestors after approval of applications or even after the incentives granted to the
investor in this Code has long expired. The following responsibilities are:

a. Assistance in registration needs, permits and licenses of the business;


b. Facilitation of application for utilities;
c. Identification of physical sites;
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d. Business-matching with local partners;
e. Introduction to suppliers and important service providers;
f. Give access to local databank; and,
g. Facilitation and resolution of other business start-up problems.

12. When appropriate, as when a registered business has violated the Code, rec-
ommend the cancellation or revocation of the Certificate of Eligibility and with-
drawal of all incentives initially granted; and,

13. Perform other functions and responsibilities as may be authorized.

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CHAPTER V

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE STAFF (TAS)

SECTION 1 – TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE STAFF – The TAS, which will


be composed of the City Planning and Development Officer, as TAS Coordina-
tor, and its staff, City Engineer, City Legal Officer, City Administrator, City As-
sessor, and City Treasurer shall render technical and other pertinent assistance
that are within their mandated functions.

SECTION 2 – DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TAS – The


TAS shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Conduct studies and research, gather data, provide and supply pertinent data
to the Board and SIPC for reference and input into future decision-making;

2. Assist the Board and SIPC in technical and legal matters; and,

3. Perform other functions and responsibilities as may be directed by the Board.

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CHAPTER VI

PRIORITIZED/PREFERRED TYPES OF INVESTMENTS

SECTION 1 – LOCAL INVESTMENT PRIORITIES – Local investment


priorities and preferred investment types shall be identified by the Board with
reference to the Development Vision and Local Economic Development Plan of
Silay City.

SECTION 2 – PRIORITIZED/PREFERRED TYPES OF INVESTMENT –


The Board shall prepare a list of priority/preferred types of investments and ac-
tivities to be promoted to prospective investors based on the findings and recom-
mendations of economic and technical researchers and consultants including
consultations with the private sector in the City, the Province and the Region.
The SCIB through the SIPC shall carefully consider the following as priori-
tized/preferred types of investments:

1. Agro-Industry-based products such as but not limited to:


• Sugarcane By-Products (Sweets, Candies, Condiments, Confectionary)
• Canned Food Products
• Fruit Juice and Other Bottled Products
• Food Processing Plant (Meat, Poultry, Seafood)
• Dried Food Products
• High-Value Crops
• Cut-Flower Production
• Feed Milling
• Wall Board Factory
Wines and Spirits Distillery

2. Tourism-Related Businesses such as but not limited to:


• Retirement Villages
• Residential Area Development
• Convention Centers
• Adventure and Eco-Tourism Facilities
• Hotels and Pension Houses
• Beach and Mountain Resort Development
• Recreation Facilities like Parks, Restaurants and Marina
• Theme Parks
Tourist Transport Facilities and Other Tourism-Related Industries

3. IT-Related Businesses such as but not limited to:


• Manufacture of Integrated Circuit (IC) Chips and other related electronic
products
• Information Technology (IT) related products
• Information Services (Business Process Outsourcing)
• Software Development

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• Telecommunications
Creative Industries (Animation, Publishing)

4. Human Resources Development-Related Businesses such as but not limited


to:
• Schools, Colleges, and Universities
• Private Hospitals/Lying-in Clinics
• Private Colleges/Universities
• Special Skills Learning Centers (English Training)
Education-Related entities but not limited to new educational facilities and book-
stores

SECTION 3 – OTHER PREFERRED INVESTMENTS – Incentives will be


provided to new, expanding or diversifying projects of the following enterprises
that are:

1. Registered under the following National Special Laws:

a. EO 226 otherwise known as the Omnibus Investment Act of 1987;


b. RA 7844 otherwise known as the Export Development Act of 1994;
c. RA 7716 otherwise known as the Special Economic Zone Act of 1995;
d. RA 7718 otherwise known as the BOT Law;
e. Other investments encouraged under the Philippine Retirement Au-
thority; and,
e. Other Laws that shall be promulgated hereafter that give incentives.

Provided that:

a. The investor must submit the Certificate of Registration; and,


b. He/she must comply with all the requirements under the existing na-
tional and local laws or guidelines issued by the accredited agencies.

2. Labor-intensive enterprises;

3. Enterprises established in less developed areas as determined by the zoning


ordinance;

4. Manufacturing enterprises using raw materials available locally;

5. General merchandising or consumer-oriented firm; and,

6. Services-oriented enterprises.

SECTION 4 – ADDITIONAL PRIORITIZED/PREFERRED INVEST-


MENT TYPES – The Board may include in the list of additional prior-
ity/preferred areas of investment from time to time, subject to the approval by the
SP.
Additional prioritized/preferred investment types are the following:

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1. Manufacture of Handicraft Products such as but not limited to:
• Toys
• Pottery and Ceramics
• Furniture-making (Lumber, Bamboo, Plastics, Metals and Others)
Garments

2. Other Manufacturing Enterprises such as but not limited to:


• Manufacture or Assembly of Agricultural Machineries
Metal Fabrication and Foundry Shops

3. Property Development Projects such as but not limited to:


• Office and Commercial Buildings
• Residential Area Development
• Private Industrial Estate
• Special Economic Zones
• Irrigation and Dams
• Agricultural Food Terminals
• Harvest and Storage Facilities
Memorial Parks

4. Service-Oriented/Consumer-Oriented Businesses such as but not limited to:


• Water Treatment
• Water Distribution Center
• Power/Electric Plant
• Irrigation System
• Cold Storage and Warehousing
Freight Forwarding Services

5. Trans-Shipment Facilities such as but not limited to:


• Airport and Seaport Infrastructure and Expansion
• Common and Bonded Warehouses
• Shipping Facilities/Seaport Infrastructure
Ship-Building/Ship-Breaking and Repair/Dry-Docking

6. Miscellaneous Activities such as but not limited to:


• Footwear
• House Wares
• Education-Related entities but not limited to new educational facilities and
bookstores
Enhancement of local commerce & tourism (such as re-painting of buildings
along major thoroughfares, restoration of cultural houses, etc.)

Provided that the Board shall review these additional investment areas every two
(2) years and may remove an area from the list if it deems sufficient investment
in the area has been attained and when extension would adversely affect the in-
terest of the City and the Public.

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SECTION 5 – DELISTING OF PRIORITIZED/PREFERRED TYPES OF
INVESTMENT – The Board may likewise remove, subject to approval of the
SP, any areas from the list of existing preferred areas of investment, if:

1. Sufficient investment in the preferred area of the activity has been attained as
determined by the Board;

2. The continued expansion of incentives for the specific investment is no longer


to the interest of the City; and,

3. The investment or the activity does not attract investors within a reasonable
length of time or may result in an unfavorable and uncompetitive business cli-
mate.

SECTION 6 – INVESTMENT OF AN EXISTING ENTERPRISE UNDER


EXPANSION AND DIVERSIFICATION – An existing enterprise that is di-
versifying or expanding its business shall be granted incentives provided that all
the following conditions are complied with:

1. The expansion or diversification must be in line with the preferred areas of


investment listed under the preceding section including existing industries such
as sugar mills for manufacture of raw and refined sugar and/or sugar-related
business;
2. The expansion shall be preferably located in low growth areas of the City; and,

3. The expansion or diversification shall have a minimum capitalization in pesos


or its equivalent value in dollars prescribed below:

a. PhP3 million for small-scale enterprises;


b. PhP15 million for medium-scale enterprises; and,
c. PhP100 million for large-scale enterprises.

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CHAPTER VII

INVESTOR/INVESTMENT QUALIFICATION

SECTION 1 – INVESTOR/INVESTMENT QUALIFICATION – This Code


shall apply to any person or entity with following qualifications:

1. All Filipinos and foreign nationals not otherwise disqualified by law;

2. Single proprietorship registered under the DTI, partnership or corporation


registered under SEC and cooperatives registered under CDA. Provided, that
banks and financing institutions that are governed by banking laws shall be ex-
cluded;

3. Other investors with initial capital investment of not less than three million
pesos (PhP3,000,000.00) for Filipino investors and one hundred thousand dollars
(US$100,000.00) for foreign investors. Provided it must be proven that the re-
quired investment has been remitted to a bank in Bacolod City and/or in any
other bank in Silay. Provided further that in case of a corporation, capitalization
shall mean fully paid-up capital of a minimum of five million pesos
(PhP5,000,000.00).

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CHAPTER VIII

QUALIFICATIONS FOR NEW INVESTORS AND EXISTING


ENTERPRISES

SECTION 1 – QUALIFICATIONS OF A NEW INVESTOR – New investor


who intends to avail of the incentives provided in this Code shall meet the fol-
lowing requirements:

1. Compliance with requirements mandated under existing local and national


laws and the Philippine Constitution;

2. Place of operation/production shall be located within the territorial jurisdic-


tion of Silay City;

3. Prospective investment must engage in prioritized/preferred investments as


the Board may hereinafter declare;

4. The expansion shall be a capitalization of:

a. At least three million pesos (PhP3,000,000.00), but not more than fif-
teen million pesos (PhP15,000,000.00) for small-scale enterprises;
b. At least fifteen million pesos (PhP15,000,000.00), but not more than
one hundred million pesos (PhP100,000,000.00) for medium-scale enter-
prises; and,
c. More than one hundred million pesos (PhP100,000,000.00) for large-
scale enterprises. Provided, in case of a corporation, that the capitaliza-
tion shall mean fully paid-up capital of a minimum of five million pesos
(PhP5,000,000.00); and,

5. The new enterprise shall have at least fifty percent (50%) of its labor force
hired from bona fide residents of Silay City.

SECTION 2 – QUALIFICATION OF AN EXISTING ENTERPRISE – An


existing enterprise may avail of the incentives under this Code provided it meets
the following qualifications:

1. The business enterprise must have complied with all the requirements man-
dated under existing local and national laws and the Philippine Constitutions;

2. The expansion or diversification must be within the prioritized/preferred types


of investments as provided for in this Code;

3. The existing enterprise whose place of operation or production is already lo-


cated in Silay City, but will undertake the any of the following activities:

a. Relocate its principal office from other places in the Philippines to Si-
lay City; and,
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b. Expand its existing production capacity or construct new buildings or
other civil works which will result in an increase in production capacity
or output.

4. The expansion shall have a capitalization of:

a. At least three million pesos (PhP3,000,000.00), but not more than fif-
teen million pesos (PhP15,000,000.00) for small-scale enterprises;
b. At least fifteen million pesos (PhP15,000,000.00), but not more than
one hundred million pesos (PhP100,000,000.00) for medium-scale enter-
prises; and,
c. More than one hundred million pesos (PhP100,000,000.00) for large-
scale enterprises. Provided, in case of a corporation, that the capitaliza-
tion shall mean fully paid-up capital of a minimum of five million pesos
(PhP5,000,000.00); and,

5. The expansion shall have at least fifty percent (50%) of its labor force hired
from bona fide residents of Silay City.

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CHAPTER IX

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, APPLICATION AND


APPROVAL PROCESS

SECTION 1 – REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS – For an applicant to


avail of the incentives under this Code, they must comply with the requirements
by submitting the following documents (Common to Single Proprietorship, Part-
nership, Corporations and Cooperatives):

1.Three (3) copies of duly accomplished official application form provided by


the SIPC;

2. A certified copy of the following:

a. SEC Registration for corporations and partnerships;


b. Registration with the DTI for single proprietorships;
c. Articles of Cooperation for cooperatives;
d. Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for corporations and partner-
ships;
e. Board Resolution or Secretary’s Certificate authorizing a representa-
tive to file for the application of incentives on behalf of the corporation or
partnership;
f. Zoning Clearance; and,
g. Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC), Building Permit, Occu-
pancy Permit, and others, when and if applicable;

3. Certification of Registration for those enterprise enjoying incentives under


national laws;

4. A copy of the complete project study of the proposed investment showing that
the said project is economically, technically and financially feasible and should
include particular anti-pollution strategies, when and if applicable;

5. Latest audited financial statements for existing enterprises; and,

6. Interim financial statements for new investors.

SECTION 2 – REGISTRATION PROCEDURES – The Board is authorized


to adopt rules and regulations to facilitate action on all applications filed with it,
prescribe criteria for the evaluation of applications, and devise standard forms for
use of applicants. To ensure an orderly manner of registration, the following pro-
cedures shall be observed:

1. Period of filing of applicants – All applicants shall file before start of con-
struction or commencement of business operation, but in no case later than six
(6) months after commencement of business operation;

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2. Venue for filing of applicants – All applicants shall be filed with the Board
through the SIPC;

3. Filing Fee – A non-refundable filing fee of two thousand pesos (PhP2,000.00)


shall be paid to the City Treasurer; and,

4. Processing Time – The Board shall act upon the application, ten (10) working
days from the official acceptance of the said application. Otherwise, the applica-
tion shall be deemed approved;

5. Procedure for filing, processing, evaluation, and approval:

a. The SIPC Officer provides pre-counseling/advice to prospective appli-


cants as to the various provisions of this Code;
b. The SIPC gives a checklist of requirements and forms for the applicant
to accomplish;
c. The applicant submits all the required documents to the SIPC. All ap-
plicants submissions shall be recorded accordingly in a registration book
and all documents shall be stamped “Received” with the corresponding
date of submission. Thereafter, the applicant is required to pay the non-
refundable filing fee of two thousand pesos (PhP2,000.00);
d. The SIPC forwards the application and its initial evaluation and recom-
mendation report to the Board, through the Chairman. The Board shall
deliberate and decide on the application within ten (10) working days
from the date of official acceptance;
e. The SIPC records the approval or disapproval of the Board in the appli-
cation and registration book;
f. If disapproved, the Board shall in writing officially inform the appli-
cant the reasons for the disapproval; and,
g. If approved, the SIPC informs the applicant of the decision of the
Board and the application shall be forwarded to the Chairman for his/her
signature. Once signed by the Chairman, a Certificate of Eligibility shall
be issued to the applicant and shall be required to pay the registration fee
as provided in Section 3 hereof.

SECTION 3 – The approved eligible enterprise shall pay a one-time registration


fee as follows:
INVESTMENT COST (PhP) REGISTRATION FEE (PhP)
3.0M – 10.5M 5,000.00
Over 10.5M – 15.0M 10,000.00
Over 15.0M – 30.0M 15,000.00
Over 30.0M – 45.0M 20,000.00
Over 45.0M – 60.0M 25,000.00
Over 60.0M – 100.0M 30,000.00
Over 100.0M – 150.0M 35,000.00
Excess of 150.0M 40,000.00
plus 1/10 of 1%
in excess of PhP150.0M
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SECTION 4 – CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY – A Certificate of Eligibil-
ity shall be issued to an applicant whose application has been approved by the
Board. This Certificate shall then serve as the applicant’s proof in availing the
incentives and privileges granted in this Code. It shall clearly state the incentives
and privileges granted. The Certificate shall be in such form and style as the
Board may determine and shall state among others the following:

a. Name of the eligible enterprise;


b. Preferred type of investment the enterprise will be engaged in;
c. Incentives granted; and,
d. Other terms and conditions to be observed by the enterprise by
virtue of its eligibility.

SECTION 5 – CANCELLATION – The Certificate of Eligibility duly issued


to the qualified business enterprise can be cancelled by the Board based on the
following grounds:

a. Violation of any provision of this Code;


b. Non-compliance with anti-pollution laws or ordinances and
such other regulatory measures passed thereon by the local and national
government;
c. Non-submission of the periodic requirements that the Board
require necessary for the constant review of all eligible enterprises such
as the latest annual audited financial statements and others; and,
d. Non-compliance with labor laws, Social Security System, Bu-
reau of Internal Revenue requirements, and other national issuances rele-
vant thereto.

SECTION 6 – DISQUALIFICATION – An existing enterprise that has retired


and recognized for the purpose of availing of privileges/incentives under this
Code is automatically disqualified.

The Board reserves the right to disapprove any application on valid


grounds, taking into consideration the enhancement of the environment and wel-
fare of the inhabitants.

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CHAPTER X

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

SECTION 1 – DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CITY GOV-


ERNMENT TO THE ELIGIBLE – All eligible enterprises are entitled to the
rights and guarantees provided by the Law and the Philippine Constitution. In
addition to such rights and guarantees, and enhance investor confidence in the
incentives program, the City Government through the Board shall:

1. Provide concise and comprehensive information to prospective inves-


tors on the economic priorities of the City Government, including target invest-
ment areas and the general conditions applicable to incoming direct private in-
vestors;

2. Communicate investment evaluation criteria and procedures to en-


hance transparency in the process of granting government incentives;

3. Take the fullest possible account of the need of the investors for sta-
bility, growth and profit in the operations in the formulation or modifications of
policies and ordinances that effect investment;

4. In accordance with law and where no local personnel or worker is ca-


pable and available, allow the employment of qualified foreign personnel where
it is necessary for the efficient operation of the enterprise or for technology trans-
fer; and,

5. Resolves all doubts concerning the benefits and incentives granted un-
der the ordinances enacted for the purpose of encouraging investment, in favor of
the investor.

SECTION 2 – DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ELIGIBLE


ENTERPRISE TO THE BOARD – All eligible enterprises shall submit to the
Board the following reports and/or documents within the time herein prescribed:

1. Amendment of Articles of Incorporation of By-Laws, or Articles by


Partnership, or Articles of Corporation, within thirty (30) days from the date of
submission of the said documents with the SEC or the CDA;

2. Change of the Directors within thirty (30) calendar days from the
change;

3. Report of alien officers or employees within thirty (30) days from the
date of registration or from the appointment of their alien/replacements. Provided
that such aliens are registered as such with the Bureau of Immigration and De-
portation (BID) and with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE);

4. Latest audited annual financial statements within thirty (30) calendar


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days after its submission to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); and,

5. Submission of quarterly report on operations.

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CHAPTER XI

INCENTIVES FOR REGISTERED ENTERPRISES

SECTION 1 – REGISTERED ENTERPRISES AVAILING INCEN-


TIVES UNDER NATIONAL LAWS – Registered Enterprises enjoying incen-
tives under EO 226 (OIC of 1987), RA 7844, RA 7916, RA 7718 and RA 8289
shall be exempted from the following:

1. Exemption from Local Licenses, Fees, and Dues – Payment of


Mayor’s Permit Fees, Building Permit Fee, Business Sales Tax, Transfer Tax and
other fees and charges imposed by existing City Ordinances except those as men-
tioned in Section 2 of Chapter XII. The exemption shall be for a maximum pe-
riod of five (5) years form the date of the approval of the Board;

2. Exemption from Real Property Tax – Payment of basic Real Property


Tax imposed by existing City Ordinances on improvements introduced by the
registered enterprise. In the case of an already existing improvement, the exemp-
tion shall apply only the increase in the assessment because of the rehabilitation,
adaptation, expansion, or introduction of machinery and equipment. The exemp-
tion shall be for a maximum period of five (5) years from the date of approval by
the Board.

A registered enterprise enjoying incentives under OIC of 1987 shall be


exempted from payment of the fees and taxes as enumerated under 1 and 2 in
Section 1 of Chapter XI, for a maximum period of four (4) years for pioneer in-
dustries.

A registered enterprise must show compliance with all requirements un-


der existing national and local laws or guidelines issued by the accrediting agen-
cies and present the Certificate of Registration showing the grant of incentive by
the appropriate national agency. The period, during which the incentives shall be
valid, shall not extend beyond the period granted in the Certificate of Registra-
tion issued by the national agency. Exemptions granted shall be effective only
under this Chapter and shall not be subject to refund. Neither shall exemptions
granted include fees and taxes already accrued prior to approval of the applica-
tion.

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CHAPTER XII

INCENTIVES AND PRIVILEGES

SECTION 1 – FISCAL AND NON-FISCAL INCENTIVES – An eli-


gible enterprise under this Code shall enjoy the local incentives, privileges, tax
exemptions and reliefs, and other economic perks as provided for in the follow-
ing provisions. These shall be, however, subject to the provisions of DTI rules
and regulations, Foreign Investment Act of 1991 (RA 7042), Local Government
Code of 1991 (RA 7160), Omnibus Investment Code of 1987 (EO 226), Internal
Revenue Regulations and other pertinent national laws granting incentives.

SECTION 2a – FISCAL INCENTIVES – In addition to the incentives


provided by law and by the Local Government Code of 1991, an eligible enter-
prise qualified under this Code should enjoy the following fiscal incentives:

1. Exemption from Local Licenses, Fees, and Dues – From the start of
commercial operation, an eligible enterprise under this Code shall be fully ex-
empt from the Mayor’s Permit Fee, Building Permit Fee, Business Sales Tax,
Transfer Tax and other kinds of local licenses, dues, imposts, except for the regu-
latory fees:

However, all eligible enterprises are still required to secure licenses and
permits necessary to operate their business.

2. Exemption from Real Property Tax – From the start of commercial


operation, the eligible enterprise shall be fully exempted from paying the basic
Real Property Tax.

Full exemption from payment of Real Property Tax shall be granted to


an eligible enterprise for machinery and equipment or devices or other invest-
ments for pollution control, environment protection and fire protection equip-
ment, for a period of three (3) years from the starting date of operation.

Land classified, either commercial or residential and used exclusively for


parking purposes, shall be exempted from the payment of Real Property Tax
covering the first five (5) years of operation. Provided, however, that there is a
necessity for a parking space in that certain area. Provided further, that the mode
of the construction for the payment shall meet standard requirements set by the
Office of the Building Official, duly certified by the City Planning and Develop-
ment Office (CPDO) and approved by the SP.

SECTION 2b – NON-FISCAL INCENTIVES - An enterprise eligible


and qualified under the Code will be a preferred client of the City for potential
non-fiscal incentives. Particularly for the required physical planning and con-
struction of their businesses, the enterprise could apply for the City’s non-fiscal
incentives such as described below and as required by them to boost their com-
petitiveness in the market. These incentives are directly related to the official de-
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velopment and building policies (Silay Urban Development Guidelines) which
have been adopted, or yet to be to be adopted by the SP.

A. Urban Planning and Zoning Privileges

Technical support by the City to the enterprise in land use conversion process,
initial validation by the City of site development plans to fast track approvals,
and special review of specific details by concerned City departments to facilitate
permits, etc.;
Facilitation of requests for zoning revisions in sites zoned as areas in transition;
and,
Exemption from New Development Fees imposed on strategic areas ear-
marked, or being considered by the City for development.

B. Infrastructure and Utilities Support

Prioritization of City infrastructure and utilities provision for concerned area


development; and,
Special arrangements for negotiated link with, or joint use of, existing
City infrastructure/utility.

C. Site Development Construction Support

Joint venture development with the City for prospective public infrastructure
(roads, drainage, bridge, etc.) features within the private enterprise’s project area;
Facilitation of negotiations for site resettlement requirement/s;
Facilitation of negotiations with concerned parties for specific development
trade-off proposals (such as common facilities like sewage treatment plants,
parking, etc.) and rights-of-way; and,
Technical support in negotiations for land consolidation and/or readjust-
ment requirement.
SECTION 3 – INCENTIVES GIVEN TO AN ELIGIBLE ENTERPRISE
UNDER PREFERRED TYPES OF INVESTMENTS – An eligible enterprise
under this category shall be exempted from the payment of the City Business
Tax and License and Real Property Tax as defined in Section 2 of Chapter XII,
provided that the following capitalization and employment generation require-
ments are complied with at the start of its commercial operations:

TYPE OF ENTER- CAPITALIZATION EMPLOYMENT INCENTIVE DU-


PRISE (PhP) RATION
Small-Scale 3.0M to 15.0M At least 10 to 29 3 years
workers
Medium-Scale Over 15.0M to At least 30 to 99 4 years
100.0M workers
Large-Scale Over 100.0M At least 100 work- 5 years
ers and over

It must be the priority of the eligible enterprise to hire bona fide residents of Si-
lay City whenever additional workers would be needed.

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SECTION 5 – ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES – An eligible enterprise shall
likewise be granted additional exemptions if it shall relocate its main office to
Silay City, depending on the amount invested and employment generated.

For labor-intensive eligible enterprises that exceed the employment generation


range presented, additional exemption shall be granted which shall be at the dis-
cretion of the Board.

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CHAPTER XIII

OTHER INCENTIVES

SECTION 1 – TAX CREDIT FOR PERSONS DONATING PROPERTY


TO THE CITY – Persons donating land or real property to the City for its prior-
ity projects shall be entitled to tax credits which can be used to pay tax obliga-
tions to the City Government. Priority projects contemplated herein include but
not limited to: housing projects, resort and spa projects, public markets, bus ter-
minals, health and other recreation projects, educational institutions, government
centers, and other sports facilities.

Land swapping and pure donations contemplated under Batas Pambansa 220
and Presidential Decree 957 are excluded in the coverage of the above Section.

SECTION 2 – BASIS OF TAX CREDIT – The amount of tax credit shall be


10% of the fair market value of the property as determined by the Office of the
City Assessor and/or an assessment team organized by the Board.

SECTION 3 – RULES ON DONATION – The following shall govern the im-


plementation of Sections 1 and 2 of Chapter XIII:

1. For the determination of qualification under Section 1, the prospective donor


shall submit to the Board through the SIPC, his/her intent to donate;

2. The Board shall submit the resolution approving the grant of incentive to-
gether with the Deed of Donation to the SP for ratification; and,

3. The donors shall avail of the tax credits within five (5) years from the date the
donation is ratified by the SP.

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CHAPTER XIV

MANDATE APPROPRIATION

To defray the expenses necessary for or incidental to the implementation of the


provision of this Ordinance, the City shall appropriate annually the funding re-
quirements based on a budget presented by the Board, for the continued imple-
mentation of the provisions of the Code, subject to the usual government ac-
counting and auditing rules and regulations.

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CHAPTER XV

TRANSITORY PROVISIONS

SECTION 1 – NEW INVESTORS – New investors may apply with the SCIB
for incentives availment before or within ninety (90) calendar days after its com-
mercial operations. After the lapse of the said period, the enterprise is considered
to have waived its rights to avail of the incentives as provided for under Section
2 of Chapter XII of this Code.

SECTION 2 – EXISTING ENTERPRISES – Existing enterprises may avail


of the incentives with the SCIB as provided for in Section 2 of Chapter XII if the
enterprise has been existent with commercial operations six (6) months prior to
the enactment of this Code.

SECTION 3 – REGISTERED ENTERPRISES AVAILING INCENTIVES


FROM NATIONAL LAWS – Registered eligible enterprises already enjoying
the benefits under the existing national laws may apply with the SCIB for incen-
tives availment within ninety (90) calendar days after the effectivity of this Code.
Provided, that they are still within five (5) years from the date of registration and
the said enterprises are only qualified to avail of the incentives for the remaining
years of their eligibility. Further, the registered enterprises should comply with
the following:

1. Submission of the Certificate of Registration issued by the concerned national


agency;

2. Submission of the terms and conditions in the issuance of the Certificate of


Registration issued by the concerned national agency; and,

3. Certification that the application has complied with all the requirements of the
concerned national agency.

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CHAPTER XVI

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SECTION 1 – VISITORIAL POWER OF THE BOARD – The Board, or


any duly authorized member thereof, is hereby authorized to conduct ocular in-
spections of the premises or examination of the business activity of any enter-
prise, including the records and books of the enterprise concerned, registered or
applying for registration at any reasonable time of the day, during office hours,
for verification or ascertaining, the enterprise’s strict compliance with the provi-
sions of this Code, or when the Board or the SIPC deems it necessary in or inci-
dental to the effective exercise and performance of its powers and functions.

SECTION 2 – OTHER MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS – These are the


following other miscellaneous provisions of this Code:

1. Existing enterprises that are ratified for the purpose of availing this incentive
program shall not be allowed to apply under this Ordinance; and,

2. The incentives and the privileges granted to eligible enterprises are not trans-
ferable except that in the event of death and permanent incapacity where the
privileges shall be transferred to the heir of the descendant in accordance with
the law of succession.

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CHAPTER XVII

FINAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1 – CONFIDENTIALITY OF APPLICATION – All applications


and their supporting documents filed under this Ordinance shall be confidential
and shall not be disclosed to any person, except with the consent of the applicant
or on order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

SECTION 2 – JUDICIAL RELIEF – All orders or decisions of the City Gov-


ernment in cases involving the provisions of this Ordinance shall immediately be
executory after due process has been given. The business enterprise adversely
affected by any decision of the Board may within fifteen (15) days from the re-
ceipt of such decision, appeal the same to the City Mayor, whose decision shall
be final and executory.

SECTION 3 – SANCTIONS FOR LATE SUBMISSION OF REPORTO-


RIAL REQUIREMENTS – For late submission of the reportorial requirements,
these are the following penalties:

1. 1st Violation – PhP3,000.00 for every violation plus PhP300.00 per day of
continued non-compliance;

2. 2nd Violation – PhP10,000.00 for every violation plus PhP500.00 per day of
continued non-compliance; and,

3. 3rd Violation and Subsequent Violation – PhP30,000.00 for every violation


plus PhP1,000.00 per day of continued non-compliance.

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CHAPTER XVIII

REPEALING AND SEPARABILITY CLAUSE AND PENAL


PROVISIONS

SECTION 1 – REPEALING CLAUSE – This Ordinance hereby repeals all


other local ordinances, resolutions and rules and regulations or part thereof, in-
consistent or in conflict with any of the provisions of this Code.

SECTION 2 – SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – The provisions of this Code are


hereby declared seperable. Should any provision herewith be declared unconsti-
tutional and unlawful, the other provisions, which are not affected hereby, shall
remain in force and effect.

SECTION 3 – PENAL PROVISIONS – Any violation of the provisions of this


Code whether in part or in whole, shall be a ground for the cancellation of the
business registration with the Board and the immediate withdrawal of all the in-
centives granted under this Code.

The Certificate of Eligibility, as provided under the Code, may also be cancelled
or revoked due to failure to commence actual project development within one (1)
year from registration as an eligible enterprise under this Code.

Cancellation or revocation of the Certificate of Eligibility shall mean the with-


drawal of incentives granted under the Code, and all remaining unpaid fees and
charges because of the exemption shall become due and demandable, which
shall be on a pro-rated basis.

The Board may cancel or revoke the Certificate of Eligibility of the concerned
business enterprise through a formal written notice. The revocation shall become
effective on the 16th day from receipt of such written notice.

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CHAPTER XIX

AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1 – Amendment/s to any provisions of this Code shall only be done


through an act by the SP. The SCIB, through its Chairman, may propose an
amendment to the Code if they find it necessary to spur or increase bigger eco-
nomic activities. Such review and updating of this Code and its provisions
should be carried out every three (3) years or as maybe required.

Any amendments made to this Code in the future shall and will not affect the
incentives already granted to eligible enterprises prior to the amendment. How-
ever, eligible enterprises may claim the additional benefits/incentives made
available with the approval of the amendment/s through a written formal request.
Approval, therefore, will be subject to the deliberation and proper recommenda-
tion of the Board to the SP for their final approval.

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Annex 2

Proposal for a Special Economic Zone

Background

T heexplored
Economic Development Strategy and Investment Incentives Code Study
the potentials for the establishment of a Special Economic Zone
(SEZ). This study showed that indeed a SEZ in Silay would be advantageous es-
pecially in providing investors with a specific site within which to establish spe-
cific economic activities and, by doing so, be entitled to incentives from national
government agencies such as BOI and PEZA.

SEZ Accreditation Process

T heinvolves
requirements for the establishment of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ)
a process that entails:
1. Assessment by PEZA of the proposal and, if found worthy, endorse-
ment of the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
for further review;
2. Review of the Office of the Secretary of DTI of PEZA’s recommen-
dations, and, if deemed worthy, endorsement to the Office of the
President for proclamation;
3. Review by the Office of the President of the DTI Secretary’s recom-
mendation, and issuance of the Presidential Proclamation for the SEZ.
This process can begin only when a specific site (minimum 25 hectares) has been
identified because the details of the proposal relate specifically to such site (for
example, commitment of landowner and developer, and management system for
the SEZ itself).
As of the moment, no specific landowner has specified any interest in having his/
her property developed into a SEZ. However, the owners of Hacienda Naga men-
tioned their intention to develop their property into a light industrial zone which
is in accordance with the updated Silay City Comprehensive Land Use Plan
(CLUP). Said owners may be interested in having their property accredited as a
SEZ.

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Recommendation

Based on the above, it is recommended that the preparation of the proposal


for the Silay City SEZ be held in abeyance. In the meantime, the city gov-
ernment should dialogue further with landowners who might be interested in
having their properties developed as the SEZ. Special discussions with owners of
Hacienda Naga should also be pursued. Once a particular landowner signifies
genuine interest and a specific site is identified, the preparation of the SEZ pro-
posal can resume.
The following pages present the Rationale for the proposed Silay City Special
Economic Zone proposal, its general location and land area requirement, and
procedures/guidelines for registration together with the pro-forma Application
for Ecozone Approval.

Rationale

A ccording to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Gloria


Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) last July 2006, the Philippines’ competitive
advantage will be enhanced through major infrastructure investment in the natu-
ral “super regions” of the country. These super regions are the following: the
North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway, Central
Philippines, Mindanao and the Cyber Corridor.
In particular, Central Philippines, where Silay City, Negros Occidental is strate-
gically located, will receive equal attention from the National Government (NG)
developing the area into a major tourist destination with airports, seaports and
roll-on-roll-off (roro) networks.
The construction of New Bacolod Airport on Barangay Bagtic in Silay City that
will replace the existing airport in Bacolod City poses numerous economic devel-
opment issues and opportunities for Silay City. Therefore, it is fitting that the Lo-
cal Government of Silay City undertake and spearhead the development of a
Special Economic Zone (SEZ) within the vicinity of the New Bacolod Airport.
The SEZ, as one of the local development strategies to be employed by the City
of Silay, will help enhance and take advantage of the many economic opportuni-
ties offered by the relocation of the Bacolod Airport into the City.

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Location of the Silay Special Economic Zone

T heof thelocation of the SEZ is proposed to be within a three (3) kilometer radius
New Bacolod Airport. The land area of the said SEZ will be a mini-
mum of twenty-five (25) hectares.

Nature of the Ecozone

T heZone.”
name of the SEZ is proposed to be: “The Silay City Special Economic
It is a combination of an Industrial Estate, Agro-Industrial Estate,
Free Trade Zone or Export Processing Zone.

Procedures and Guidelines for SEZ Registration

Stage 1 – Pre-Qualification Clearance


Filing of Application
1. Owner/s of private lands or other person/s or entity/ies duly authorized
by the landowner/s intending to develop the area as Ecozone shall file
the application to PEZA / EDD by submitting the following:
a. Application Form (notarized)
b. Anti-Graft Certificate (notarized)
c. SEC Registration and Articles of Incorporation
d. Audited Financial Statements (for the last three years of operation,
where applicable)
e. Board Resolution / Special Power of Attorney designating the com-
pany’s authorized representative to PEZA
f. Project Description (Development Plan and Timetable)
g. Vicinity map reflecting the various land uses and important verifi-
able landmarks within one (1) kilometer radius of the project site
h. Proof of land ownership or nay perfected contract / document con-
firming the applicant’s authority / clearance to use the land for eco-
nomic zone development and related purposes
If the applicant is not the registered owner, a perfected contract /
document confirming the applicant’s authority / clearance to apply
for and use the land for ecozone and related purposes is required.
i. Endorsement from the Sangguniang Bayan / Panglunsod for the de-
velopment of the proposed economic zone (i.e. all local government
units of all municipalities and cities with areas included in the pro-
posed economic zone)
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j. Certification form the Department of Agriculture that the area for the
proposed economic zone is not or has ceased to be economically fea-
sible and sound for agricultural purposes (i.e. the area is marginal for
agricultural use)
k. DAR Conversion Clearance or Exemption Certificate (or HLURB
Zoning Cerification, whichever is applicable) and if the proposed
area is zoned as agricultural on or before 15 June 1988, a DAR Con-
version Clearance / Order is required. However, if the zoning of the
area is non-agricultural on or before said date, a DAR Exemption
Certificate or HLURB Zoning Certification shall be required
l. Other documents as may be required by PEZA

2. EDD checks completeness of documents.


a. If document is complete, EDD receives the application and issues the
corresponding Order of Payment.
b. If document is not complete, application shall not be received.
3. The proponent brings the Order of Payment to the PEZA Cashier and
pays the application / processing fee.
4. The proponent informs EDD of the payment and EDD takes note of the
Official Receipt No., date and amount paid.

Processing and Evaluation


5. The EDD Manager assigns the application to the Evaluator.
6. The Evaluator inspects the proposed area, if necessary, and prepares the
evaluation report.
7. The EDD Division Head reviews evaluation report and endorses the
same to the Group Manager / Deputy Director General for final com-
ments.
8. Manager reviews the evaluation report and endorses the same to the
Group Mangaer / Deputy Director General for final comments.

Approval Process
9. MISCPED Group Manager / DDG endorses the recommendation, is en-
dorsed by the Director General to the PEZA Board of Directors.
10. The final evaluation report, together with the recommendation, is en-
dorsed by the Director General to the PEZA Board of Directors.
11. The Deputy Director General presents the recommendation to the Board
for approval.
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12. If the recommendation is approved, the PEZA Corporate Secreatry is-
sues the corresponding Board Resolution within a reasonable period of
time.
13. EDD informs the proponent of the Board decision and correspondingly
advises the applicant to take the appropriate course of action:
a. If action on the application is deferred, the applicant is advised of the
reason/s for deferment;
b. If the application is approved, the applicant is advised to submit the
documentary requirements for Presidential Proclamation.

Stage 2 – Presidential Proclamation


Submission of Documents
14. Proponent submits the following documentary requirements for Presi-
dential Proclamation:
a. Proof of land ownership or long-term lease agreement on the whole
area of the proposed economic zone
b. Verified Survey Returns and technical description of the area for the
proposed economic zone
c. Certification from the National Water Resources Board that the iden-
tified source(s) of water for the economic zone shall not cause water
supply and related problems in adjacent communities
d. Environment Compliance Certificate issued by the Department of En-
vironment and Natural Resources
e. Other documents as may be required by PEZA
15. EDD Checks completeness of documents.
a. If documents are not complete, EDD notifies proponent using PEZA
EDD Form NO. 004
b. If documents are complete, EDD evaluates and prepares the draft
Presidential Proclamation and the corresponding requests for Certifi-
cations of Concurrence from concerned government agencies, as fol-
lows:
i. Local Government Unit/s where the ecozone is located
ii. Department of Agrarian Reform;
iii. Department of Environment and Natural Resources;
iv. Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board; and
v. Land Registration Authority
16. The Certifications of Concurrence from concerned agencies are ob-
tained pursuant to the requirement of Completed Staff Work mandated
under a Presidential Memorandum dated 10 June 1999 Manager for fi-
nal review.

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17. EDD Manager, upon final review, endorses all documents to DDG for
endorsement to the Director General for signing.
18. Director General signs endorsement letter and forward it to the DTI Sec-
retary for endorsement to the President.
19. President signs proclamation.
20. Office of the President transmits a copy of the Presidential Proclamation
to the Office of the Director General.
Office of the Director General furnishes the proponent a copy of the
Presidential (Annex D).
21. EDD Division Head reviews draft proclamation and submits to EDD
Proclamation.

Stage 3 – Registration
22. Proponent submits the following documentary requirements for the sign-
ing of the Registration Agreement:
a. Development plans of the economic zone; and
b. Other documents as may be requires by PEZA.
23. EDD checks completeness of documents
a. If documents are not complete, EDD notify proponent using PEZA
EDD Form No. 004 (Annex B-6).
b. If documents are complete, EDD issues the Order of Payment
(PEZA-EDD Form No. 002, Annex B-4) for the registration fee and
the proponent shall pay the fee prior to the actual signing.
24. EDD requests the Legal Services Group (LSG) for the preparation of the
Registration Agreement.
25. LSG prepares the draft Registration Agreement and provides EDD with
a draft to be forwarded to the developer / operator for comments.
26. EDD arranges the date of signing of the Registration Agreement with the
Office of the Director General and the proponent.

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PEZA EDD Form No. 001A-1

APPLICATION FOR ECOZONE APPROVAL


(SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE)

____________________________
Date

Hon. LILIA B. DE LIMA


Director General
Philippine Economic Zone Authority

Madam:

Pursuant to sections 5 and 6 of Republic Act 7916, otherwise known as the Special Economic Zone Act of
1995, as amended by RA 8748, I am applying for the development of an area of
_________________________________________________________________ square meters
located at ______________________________________________________________________
into a special economic zone to be known as __________________________________________

The undersigned attest that the documents/information submitted are true and are correct and that I assume
full responsibility for any misrepresentation and/or violation thereof.

Attached hereto are:

a.Notarized application and anti-graft certificate (R.A. 3019);


b.SEC Registration Certificate and Articles of Incorporation, if applicable;
c.Audited financial statements for the last three (3) years (if applicable);
d.Board Resolution/Special Power-of-Attorney designating the company’s authorized representative
to PEZA;
e.Project Description (Development Plan and Timetable);
f.Vicinity map reflecting the various land uses/landmarks within one (1) kilometer radius of the project
site;
g.Proof of land ownership or any perfected contract/document authorizing the applicant to use the
land for ecozone purposes;
h.Endorsement from the Sangguniang Bayan/Panglunsod;
i.Certification from the Department of Agriculture re: suitability for agriculture; and
j.DAR Conversion clearance/exemption certificate or HLURB Zoning Certification, whichever is
applicable.

Very truly yours,

__________________________________
President/CEO

TIN No.
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Republic of the Philippines
PHILIPPINE ECONOMIC ZONE AUTHORITY
Roxas Blvd. cor. San Luis Street
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Philippines

PEZA-EDD Form No. 001A-2

APPLICATION FOR ECOZONE APPROVAL

Application No.
Date Filed
O.R. No

A. NATURE OF ECOZONE

Name of Ecozone
Type of Ecozone Industrial Estate Tourist and Recreational
Agro-Industrial Estate Free Trade Zone
Information Technology Park Export Processing Zone
Other (please specify)

B. APPLICANT

Developer Operator Developer/Operator

Name
Address
Telephone No.
Fax No.
Email Address
Name of Company
Address
Telephone No.
Fax No.
Email Address

C. AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE
Name
Address
Telephone No.
Fax No.
Email Address
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PROJECT BRIEF

The Proponent

1. Name of Company
2. Company Address
3. SEC Registration Cert. of Registration No.
Date
Amendment (if any)
Nature :
Date :

4. Nature of Business

5. Incorporators
NAME OF INCORPORATORS NATIONALITY AMOUNT OF AMOUNT OF PAID-UP

Use separate sheet/s if necessary

6. Principal Officers
NAME POSITION
Chairman of the Board
President

Use separate sheet/s if necessary

7. Capital Structure a. Authorized


b. Subscribed
c. Paid-Up

8. Affiliate Company
NAME OF COMPANY CAPITALIZATION

Use separate sheet/s if necessary

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9. Other Project Involvements
NAME OF PROJECT YEAR DESCRIPTION

Use separate sheet/s if necessary

The Land

1. Location
2. Land Area
3. Existing Land Uses
a. Agricultural (indicate crops planted)

b. Non-Agricultural barren/idle land grassland


others

4. Zoning Classification on or before 15 June 1988


Residential Commercial
Industrial Others

5. Topography Flat Slightly sloping


Hilly Very steep

6. Boundaries North

East

West

South

(Natural boundaries or land uses abutting the area)

7. Ownership/Right Over Land Full Ownership Lease Contract


MOA Joint Venture Agreement
Others

8. Tenancy Status Tenanted Non-tenanted

9. Proximity to major ports


NAME OF SEAPORT/AIRPORT DISTANCE

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10. Off-Site Infrastructure, Facilities & Utilities (brief description)

a. Accessibility and Mode of Transportation:

b. Telecommunication System
i.) Telephone provider
ii.) Other communication services

c. Power System
i.) Power source :
ii.) Power franchisee
iii.) Power transmission and distribution :

d. Water System

The Project

1. Proposed/Existing Land Uses


COMPONENT AREA PERCENT
Industrial Area
Common Utility Area
Buffer Zone/Open Space
Others

TOTAL
Use separate sheet/s if necessary

2. Status of Development Existing New development

a. If existing Fully developed Under development

If fully developed
i.) date established
ii.) status of occupancy
iii.) line of business of occupants :

If under development
i.) percentage completion
ii.) date started
iii.) expected date of completion

b. if new development
i.) date of commencement
ii.) expected date of completion

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3. Proposed/Existing On-Site Facilities and Utilities

a. Internal Road Network

ROW Width (m) TYPE OF PAVEMENT


i.) Main Road
ii.) Secondary Road
iii.) Tertiary Road

b. Power System
i.) Power source :
ii.) Power Franchisee
iii.) Power transmission and distribution :
iv.) Back-up power generation
1.) Source
2.) Capacity

c. Telecommunication System
i.) Telephone provider :

d. Water Supply System


i.) Source :
ii.) Distribution system

e. Sewerage and Drainage System:

f. Sewage Collection, Treatment and Disposal

i.) Wastewater collection

ii.) Wastewater treatment

iii.) Wastewater disposal

iv.) Wastewater recycling

g. Solid Waste Disposal System:

h. Fire Fighting System

i. Other Facilities and Utilties

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4. Proposed Community Development Project

5. Proposed Improvements (for existing industrial estate, if any)

6. Support Institutions within 1 kilometer radius

7. Estimated Project Cost Breakdown


COMPONENT AMOUNT
Land Acquisition Cost
Land Development Cost
Horizontal development cost
Vertical development cost
Other costs

TOTAL

8. Sources of Funds

SOURCE PERCENT SHARE

Use separate sheet/s if necessary

9. Preferred Industries/Locator

10. Prospective Locators (if any)

11. Marketing Program/Promotional Strategies :

12. Environmental Management Program

a. Liquid Waste Management Program

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b. Solid Waste Management Plan

c. Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management Plan

d. Prevention and Abatement of Pollution (air, noise, water)

IV.           OTHER INFORMATION

Use separate sheet/s if necessary

Done in the City/Province of


this day of 20

Affiant

Designation

Republic of the Philippines )


) S.S.
Municipality/City/Province of

Subscribed and sworn to before me this day of 20


in the Municipality/City/Province of

Affiant exhibit to me his Residence Tax Certificate No


issued at on 20

_________________________________
Notary Public
Until December 31, 20______

Doc. No.
Page No.
Book No.
Series of

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A. BACKGROUND

1
B. ECONOMIC BASELINE
AND INVESTMENT
POTENTIALS ANALYSIS

1
C. PROPOSED ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

1
D. SUGGESTED TYPES
OF INVESTMENT

1
E. FISCAL AND NON-FISCAL
INCENTIVES

1
ANNEXES