THE Aboitiz group is expected to create new job opportunities through its expansion plans in its Batangas project, LIMA Estate.

Once completed, the company is expecting to offer up to 20,000 more employment opportunities for the province and those residing in nearby areas.

The LIMA Estate is a 794-hectare development registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. It features 130 international and domestic locators, which have around 60,000 employees. It is also home to 2,500 households.

A 4-star hotel, which houses 138 rooms, is also part of the development. Meanwhile, the estate’s mall establishments already have 167 shops.

As the company continues with its expansion plans, it is also keen on welcoming potential talents from Edustria High School. The campus is located in the development’s central business district at “The Outlets at Lipa,” in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas.

“Edustria came in at the perfect time as we are ramping up our expansion at LIMA Estate,” Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers First Vice-President Rafael Fernandez de Mesa said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This gives them a unique opportunity to mold young Batangueños amongst some of the top multinational companies in the world,” he added.

Edustria, a joint venture between Far Eastern University and the Technological Institute of the Philippines, is open to Grade 7 to Grade 12 students. Graduates of Edustria may continue with their college education at either schools without having to take entrance exams.

“More than producing a competitive, technology-based work force, Edustria seeks to contribute to nation-building by cultivating and optimizing the potential of the Filipino youth and the local opportunities available for them,” Jemuel Castillo, executive director of Edustria High School, said.

The school is working with companies at LIMA Estate, giving students the opportunity to train for and possibly work with local and multinational firms.

The Aboitiz group said it would offer special discounts to siblings and children of employees of any establishment in LIMA Estate.

On Tuesday, shares of Aboitiz Equity Ventures at the stock exchange went up by 3.43% or P1.45 to close at P43.70 each. — Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte