ABOITIZLAND expressed support for the government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa Program, which encourages Filipinos to return to their home provinces.

In a statement, AboitizLand said its industrial zones in Batangas and Cebu have been “catalysts for countryside development” by creating jobs.

AboitizLand’s industrial parks, accredited with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), have been developed into integrated townships.

“Persuading urban migrants to move to the suburbs represents a major challenge given that jobs, housing, and other services need to be well-established in these areas. The demand for an integrated township like LIMA Estate in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas is now more apparent than ever before,” the company said.

LIMA is a 700-hectare mixed-use estate, with the anchor LIMA Technology Center hosting 111 locators. A commercial area — The Outlets at Lipa and LIMA Exchange — features 100 retail stores and restaurants, a 138-room hotel and a transportation hub.

Meanwhile, AboitizLand partnered with Mactan Cebu International Airport and PEZA for the Mactan Economic Zone II (MEZ II) in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

The 63-hectare MEZ II in Lapu-Lapu City hosts 49 multinational companies which employ 14,000 skilled workers.