(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Surigao Norte gears up for investment exploration

By Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Norte and the Board of Investments (BOI) conducted a three-day investment exploration in the province of Surigao del Norte from April 2 to 4.

The significant activity highlighted a roundtable discussion on energy and conservation projects (EECP) and other projects under the Strategic Investment Priority Plan (SIPP) with stakeholders from various sectors, including mining companies, private schools and hospitals, and local government units.

According to DTI Provincial Director Arnold Faelnar, the activity identified and promoted investment opportunities and locating potential ones, particularly in priority sectors such as energy efficiency and conservation projects, renewable energy, and other projects eligible for Board of Investment Registration.

The director said, “The significant gathering updated and validated the information on stakeholders involvement in green metals,to assess ready for occupancy areas, and to attract more investments in the province for economic growth and development.”

Faelnar further said that part of the investment exploration was a consultative meeting with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Caraga Region to ensure accuracy and to verify data on mining companies and their community projects.

A roundtable discussion recently took place between the Department of Trade and Industry and the Board of Investments (BOI) to discuss the potential investments in the province of Surigao del Norte as anchored on the Strategic Investment Priority Plan (SIPP), which provides incentives to investors such as income tax holidays (ITH), enhanced deductions (EH), and a preferential five percent corporate income tax rate (CIT) that will motivate them to venture and invest in the province. Photo courtesy of DTI-SDN. 

The investment exploration team identified and visited the municipalities of Claver and Tagana-an, as they are hosting several mining firms in the province, including Barangay Hayanggabon in Claver,  to assess the readiness of the reclamation area, which is also identified as an industrial zone and a potential site for investors.

With SIPP, launched in 2022, investing in the country became more friendly as it extended the tax incentives for investments in numerous fields, such as income tax holidays (ITH), enhanced deductions (EH), and a preferential five percent corporate income tax rate (CIT).

The Board of Investment, on the other hand, is tasked withassisting Filipino and foreign investors to venture and prosper economically and provides tax breaks and other incentives to registered entities that engage in activities identified as investment priorities or those that promote the general economic development of the country.

Those companies that are registered with the BOI may now enjoy the income tax holidays for three to eight years, exemption from local business taxes for a period of four to six years, equity investments in Philippine corporations, simplified customs procedures, simplified employment for foreign nationals and expats, exemptions from wharf dues, tax credits, and tax exemptions on breeding stocks and agricultural produce. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte with a report from DTI-Surigao del Norte)