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Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers well-positioned for CREATE

Press Release

April 21, 2021

New locators of Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers, particularly at LIMA Estate in Batangas (pictured above) and West Cebu Industrial Park in Balamban, Cebu, can maximize their benefits from the CREATE Law.

New locators at Aboitiz InfraCapital’s Integrated Economic Centers are well-positioned to avail optimum tax benefits thanks to the government’s Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act or the CREATE Law, which aims to provide lower taxes to qualified companies.

Touted as the replacement of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act or CITIRA, CREATE is set to give businesses a much-needed boost after being passed into law, amid the economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“New and expanding locators in our Integrated Economic Centers stand to benefit from the CREATE Law. The locations of our Industrial Estates in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas and Balamban, Cebu will allow both exporters and domestic enterprises to maximize the incentives CREATE offers.”

– Rafael Fernandez de Mesa, Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers First Vice President

“It will help spur economic recovery and drive new investment to the countryside, where we are ready to meet the anticipated demand with the ongoing expansion of our world-class estates,” he added.

Under CREATE, new exporters based in places such as Lipa-Malvar, Batangas and Balamban, Cebu, can enjoy as much as seven years of Income Tax Holiday (ITH), and 10 years of Special Corporate Income Tax (SCIT) or Enhanced Deductions (ED) Regime. New domestic enterprises in the same location can likewise enjoy the same ITH benefit and five years of ED.

Further, CREATE reduces the income tax rates for corporations to 25%. Domestic corporations may enjoy a lower income tax rate of 20% subject to certain conditions. 

Last year, Aboitiz InfraCapital unveiled expansion plans for LIMA Estate and West Cebu Industrial Park (WCIP), in response to the strong demand for industrial and commercial spaces in Batangas and Cebu. Expansion and acquisition activities are on track, with the first phase of LIMA’s industrial expansion of 34 hectares currently open for reservations and under construction. It will become available for locators to construct in by Q2 of 2022. 

Commercial lots ideal for BPO companies, offices, dormitories, condominiums, and other commercial uses are also now available for sale in LIMA’s Central Business District. Lot sizes range from 1,800 up to 5,000 square meters.

Meanwhile, LIMA’s additional 47-hectare industrial expansion and WCIP’s 42 hectare-industrial expansion will become available for reservations beginning Q1 2022.

The Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers – namely LIMA Estate in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas, Mactan Economic Zone II in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, and the West Cebu Industrial Park in Balamban, Cebu – are Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-registered economic zones collectively spanning 1,000 hectares and home to 187 locators and around 90,000 employees.

With their own ecosystem of infrastructure solutions such as water and power, as well as other complementary components like shopping malls, hotels, commercial lots for sale, and residential developments, the Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers are all masterfully designed for a multi-faceted and vibrant township lifestyle.

CREATE was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 26, 2021, with a direct veto on certain provisions. It took effect on April 11, 2021, 15 days after its publication last March 27, 2021.

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