South Korean firm ENPlus Co. Ltd. is investing P5 billion in the Philippines to put up its electric vehicle manufacturing facility, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) reported Friday, Oct. 22.
PEZA director general Charito Plaza said ENPlus will be the first electronic vehicle manufacturer to be registered under PEZA. Its factory will be located in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, Plaza added.
Its operation will involve the manufacturing of electric cars and electric jeepneys. ENPlus is a manufacturer of fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment and is now expanding to e-vehicles.
Plaza and ENPlus chief executive officer and chair Young Yong Ahn signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, Oct. 20, for the joint venture between PEZA and the Korean firm.
“ENPlus, a Korean company, is (now) our partner in investing in the countryside and believing in the Philippines as an investment haven in Asia. We appreciate ENPlus in their commitment and alliance with us towards making the Philippines a clean, sustainable, and environment-friendly country,” she said.
While the Korean firm is investing P5 billion for the factory, PEZA will be providing a 30-hectare land “to link prospect industries to ENPlus for joint investment ventures and other related agreements for eligible projects of PEZA”.
“We’d like to make a better world and provide more fire trucks and electric vehicles to the Philippines. With this, we would like to expand our business in your country to manufacture environment and energy-friendly vehicles starting with your jeepneys since they are the most popular mode of transportation in your country,” Young said. — Kris Crismundo (PNA)