THE special economic zone of the Anflo Group of Companies, Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE), has already completed the first phase of its industrial development.

The 21 hectares of the total 63 in the entire property is now fully equipped with road network and facilities like power supply, water system, communication lines and security services as its basic essential utilities.

The ecozone has already accepted its first batch of locators whose operations include storage of fresh produce and agriculture-related items as well as processing of non-agricultural by-products. One of which, PhilDutch Polymer, Inc., recently sent its first shipment of plastic resins to international markets.

The Filipino-Dutch company said they prefer locating in the Davao Region because of its proximity to the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT), which is a few hundred meters from AIE, DICT’s affiliate company.

Other agri-industrial locators are also expected to send out their maiden shipment in April. Bearing license from Peza, locators in AIE also enjoy tax and duty free exportation of their products.

“We endeavor to achieve our target milestones in this ecozone which we understand will boost the agriculture industry which is the bread and butter of this region,” said AIE’s vice president Ricardo Lagdameo, who remains bullish about Davao Region’s growing economy. Lagdameo heads another Anflo subsidiary, Damosa Land, Inc., which is into real estate development.

At present, construction is also ongoing in AIE for ready-built warehouses that can serve as storage or manufacturing facilities.

AIE looks to achieve more milestones in 2018 like construction for its sewage treatment facility, provision of water tank, and other necessary support facilities. Other locators in AIE are Del Monte Philippines and Sagrex Foods, Inc.

“AIE positions itself as the gateway for multinational businesses to thrive in the region. We are positive that this development will send a signal to our international counterparts that business is safe and very viable in the region,” Lagdameo said. (PR)