MALOLOS CITY, BULACAN—The Board of Investments (BOI) and the Provincial Government of Bulacan signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to enhance cooperation in promoting and facilitating investments in the province. The agreement marked the 35th partnership between BOI and a local government unit (LGU) and signified an important milestone for Bulacan as the first province in Central Luzon to have an official partnership with BOI.

In photo (Front row L-R): Bulacan Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office Head Atty. Jayric L. Amil, Provincial Administrator Antonette V. Constantino, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando BOI Managing Head Usec. Ceferino Rodolfo, BOI-Investments Assistance Center Executive Director Bobby Fondevilla, and BOI-Investments Assistance Service Director Ernesto Delos Reyes, Jr; (Back row L-R): Lubin de Vera Jr., Division Chief of the BOI-Investments Assistance Service, Office of the Vice Governor of Bulacan representative Ms. Wynn Rhose Cruz; Bulacan Board Members Romina Fermin, Arthur Legaspi, and Cezar Mendoza; DTI Region 3 OIC-Assistant Regional Director and Bulacan Provincial Director Edna Dizon.

The MOA was signed by Bulacan Governor Hon. Daniel R. Fernando and Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Head Ceferino S. Rodolfo during the launch of Invest Bulacan Plus on April 5, 2024. Invest Bulacan Plus aims to Promote, Leverage, Upscale, and Synergize development and investment promotion efforts for Bulacan’s sustainable and inclusive growth.

In his remarks, Undersecretary Rodolfo acknowledged Bulacan’s geographical advantages and emphasized the potential for its independent development, “Seeing the development in this province, I think we could really work at developing Bulacan for Bulacan not just because it is near Metro Manila, not just because it is the gateway from Metro Manila to Central Luzon and vice versa—but because of its impressive economic development.”

The MOA aims to strengthen the partnership between the two parties in promoting Bulacan as an investment destination. It also streamlines processes and provides support to investors through the establishment of a One-Stop Action Center for Strategic Investments (OSAC-SI) in the province.

Under the agreement, the Province of Bulacan will provide the BOI with updated information on investment opportunities, government support, and local incentives. It will also allow BOI representatives to assist enterprises in the submission and follow-up of applications for business permits and licenses.

Meanwhile, the BOI will conduct investment seminars and provide technical assistance to the Provincial Government of Bulacan in crafting or amending its Local Investments and Incentives Code (LIIC). It will also assist in promoting Bulacan as an investment destination by providing potential investors with relevant information on priority areas and available incentives in Bulacan.

Both parties expressed their commitment to working together to promote ease of doing business in Bulacan and attract more investments to the province. The MOA is expected to further enhance the province’s economic growth and development.

Citing the recent developments in Bulacan, Governor Fernando shared his vision of leveraging Bulacan as a financial and economic powerhouse on the road to becoming a first-world country of the Philippines by 2040.

He also emphasized the importance of government guidance in the sustainability of investments, “Kung katulong ang national government, magtutulungan sa local government, mas maganda at mas magaan para sa ating lahat. Kaya napakaganda po nitong nangyari sa atin. Salamat po sa BOI,” said Governor Fernando.

[With the help of the national government, the cooperation of the local government, it will become better and easier for everyone. That is why what we accomplished today is a great feat. We are grateful to BOI]. ♦

Date of release: 26 April 2024