THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has given the Green, Healthy, Smart, and Sustainable Ecozone Award to First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) for its “notable commitment to promoting healthy industrialization and sustainably-designed, smart, and green economic zone.”

FPIP was one of only two ecozones to receive the award from PEZA during an online ceremony on Dec. 10.

To earn the award, FPIP met 10 qualifying criteria, such as compliance with requirements under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008; the Clean Air Act; the Philippine Green Building Code; and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Act.

PEZA also took into consideration the ecozone’s solid and liquid waste disposal system; recycling system; energy management system and RE development; water use and reuse system, as well as projects designed to minimize the impact of climate change.

The 520-hectare ecozone is located in Santo Tomas and Tanauan in Batangas. It was established by the Lopez Group through First Philippine Holdings Corporation, together with Sumitomo Corporation of Japan.

FPIP and its locators provide employment for over 60,000 Filipinos.

Five FPIP locators also received recognition and awards from PEZA. Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc., was honored as an Outstanding Employer, and for its Outstanding Environmental Performance, as well as COVID-19 response; B/E Aerospace, was cited as Outstanding Exporter; Canon Business Machines (Philippines), Inc., received the Galing Pinas! Special Citation for Local Purchases on top of its Outstanding Environmental Performance Award; Ibiden (Philippines), Inc., was elevated to the Hall of Fame for winning three times the Outstanding Community Project Award; and Philippine Manufacturing Co. of Murata, Inc., was conferred a COVID-19 Response Award.