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Chinese firm to invest $3.5b in Mindanao steel factory

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Panhua Group Co. Ltd. of China will set up a 305-hectare integrated steel manufacturing plant at the Phividec Industrial Estate of the Misamis Oriental-Special Economic Zone in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Lopez led the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Panhua chairman Xinghua Li, Phividec Industrial Authority chief executive and administrator Franklin Quijano and Philippine Economic Zone Authority deputy director-general Tereso Panga at the sidelines of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
The $3.5-billion investment will consist of a port, an integrated steel mill with a capacity of 10 million tons, an industrial park and other downstream industries. 

The three-phase project is expected to be completed in six to seven years and will generate 50,000 jobs, according to the Trade Department.

“The signing of this MOU is a testament to the strengthened relations between Philippines and China.  A completely private undertaking, Panhua, is set to accomplish President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision of growing the integrated iron and steel industry so it can cater to the growing domestic and external market demand,” said Lopez.

Panhua will proceed to obtain a Peza registration and an environmental compliance certificate from the Environment Department.  It will then sign a memorandum of agreement to begin the construction of the project.

Panhua chairman Xinghua Li said he was looking forward to the inception of the project and was optimistic about building more industrial parks to increase employment and attract businesses into the provinces.

The Trade Department said it committed to assisting Panhua in accomplishing the succeeding steps to immediately set up the steel plant early next year.

Topics: Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez , Panhua Group Co. Ltd. , China , steel manufacturing plant
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