PUBLIC, private and business sectors have endorsed to Pres. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. the retention of the incumbent director general of the Philippine Economic Zones Authority (PEZA), B/Gen. Charito B. Plaza.

Plaza received various endorsements for her outstanding performance in every endeavor as head of PEZA. Among the endorsers was the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) headed by its president Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong which said that it “gratefully appreciates how Director General Plaza transforms the promotion strategy for export-based investment of PEZA for the Philippines from a private sector-driven into a public sector, in fact a whole-of-the-nation dynamics at her stewardship since 2016. It is this strategy that PEZA beacons milestone achievements in the national economic performance of the country.”

Meanwhile, the Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines. Inc. (SEIPI), said that in the past six years, DG Plaza has demonstrated “passion, assertiveness, dedication and diligence in working for the best interest of PEZA locators and country investments.”

The IT & Business Process Association, Philippines (IBPAP), a major contributor to the Philippine economy, on the other hand, “recognizes and extols the pro-active stance” of Plaza since her Sept. 2016 appointment by former president Rodrigo Roa Duterte. It further said through its president and CEO Jack Madrid that DG Plaza constantly went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the registered business enterprises were provided the support they needed.

The Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP), the largest association in the Philippines of the export manufacturing industry sectors of apparel, travel goods and footwear, said that Plaza has instituted major policy reforms revolutionizing PEZA to meet the challenging demands of the business environment in the country. This endorsement was sent by CONWEP executive director, Maritess Jocson Agoncillo to Pres. Marcos Jr.

Another valuable endorsement came from three big media organizations – the Federation of the Provincial Press Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. (FPPCPI), the Boracay Global Press Corps

Philippines Inc. (BGPCPI) and the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), which recently convened for the Local Press Assembly 2022.

The three convenors believed that Plaza’s “successes and impressive accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of government agency leaders and make her highly deserving of the honor and opportunity to be reappointed to the PEZA post for the continuity of a globally competitive environment for investments in our country and in supporting ecozone as an emerging sector of the Philippine economy.”

Led by PAPI chairman emeritus, Johnny Dayang, other signatories in the endorsement were PAPI president Nelson Santos; Allan Sison, president of FPPCPI and broadcaster Rey Langit, BGPCPI president. Plaza said that her extensive stint of servant-leadership in the legislative, military and in some bureaus of the government for almost 40 years, has honed her to be a “trustworthy, prolific and competent public servant.”