THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is eyeing to set up regional satellite offices to be able to cater to clients in Davao, an official said.

"Starting this year, Peza will be putting people in the regions," Maria Belenda Ambi, DTI-Davao regional director, said on Wednesday, February 15.

She said Peza has recognized that they will be able to cater to more clients if they set up regional offices.

Ambi said this may not yet be a full-blown office immediately but would probably be operated by one to two personnel to simply accept and evaluate applications.

Those applying for Peza accreditation will be able to save time and money as they do not have to go to Manila for their applications.

Ambi clarified that the approval of the application will still be in Manila since this will be done by the Peza board.

She said Peza is presently conducting a series of consultations throughout the country to discuss and iron out details for the setting up of regional satellite offices.

"They already did a consultation with the local government units (LGUs) in Davao Region here in Davao City earlier this month. Hopefully with that effort of Peza, they will be able to reach more LGUs that have identified areas that can be accredited by Peza," Ambi said.

The DTI director said Peza-accredited areas will attract more investors to set up a shop in a certain town, city, or province and production of goods will increase that will help improve trade.

She said investors who will locate at Peza-accredited areas will also enjoy incentives.