Press Release
October 19, 2009

Gordon wants vacant buildings within PEZA as relocation
sites for displaced traders

Senator Richard J. Gordon (Ind.) today urged the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and other government agencies to make use of vacant lots and buildings within their scope as relocation sites for manufacturers and entrepreneurs displaced by recent typhoons.

Gordon, who is also chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), said that the recent typhoons that hit the country affected not only families but also traders whose stores and manufacturing sites have been flooded and damaged.

He explained that vacant buildings of PEZA and of government agencies near affected areas could be used as relocation sites for displaced manufacturers. He added that such vacant buildings could also be temporarily converted into classrooms since many schools are being used as evacuation centers.

"Shoe manufacturers and other businessmen, particularly in Marikina and Laguna, have already lost income and possible profits because they are unable to continue manufacturing their products as floods remain in several areas," Gordon said.

"Now we see an opportunity for them to continue with their businesses. There are a lot of vacant buildings within the PEZA that could be used as temporary relocation sites for these entrepreneurs so they can get back to business in time for the Christmas season," he added.

The senator explained that vacant PEZA buildings in Laguna along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) would be good spots for relocation of displaced businessmen. He added that the area is more accessible because it is located along the expressway.

Gordon urged the local executives of Marikina and Laguna to immediately coordinate with PEZA on the matter and choose the best area for relocation. He noted that the Nissan buildings in Biñan, Laguna have been vacant for more than 10 years now.

"We have been doing relief operations to help victims of typhoons. But we do not want to instill a culture of dependency. Our people need to focus on rebuilding their lives. This rehabilitation process will take time, effort, commitment and willpower," he said.

"I urge the PEZA to consider this proposal right away so that we could help traders get back to business immediately. With this, more workers could get back to work and earn the income they need to start with the rehabilitation process," he added.

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