10 more Chinese companies intend to invest in PH

Pia Ranada
During President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to China, Chinese companies say they intend to put in a total of P470 billion worth of investments

BACK IN CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio arrive at the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, China. Malacañang photo

MANILA, Philippines – During President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Boao, China, 10 Chinese companies said they would invest billions in the Philippines.

Most of the companies signed letters of intent in the presence of Duterte and his Cabinet members during a ceremony held on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday, April 10.

The estimated total value of the investment, if they push through, is $9 billion or P467 billion. The investments are also expected to generate 10,000 jobs for Fillpinos. 

The 10 companies are and their intended investments are: 

  • Shanghai GeoHarbour Group – exploration opportunities on land reclamation and development
  • Jovo Group Co. Ltd – building and operation of LNG receiving terminal
  • Zhongfa Group – development of large tourism projects, electronics industry parts 
  • Haocheng Group – infrastructure and construction project and thermal power supply
  • China Green Agriculture Group – explore agriculture and tourism opportunities in cooperation with the  Philippines’ Calata Corp 
  • East-Cloud Biz Travel Ltd – venture in the tourism sector
  • China National Heavy Machinery Corp – development of China-Philippines International Techno-Industrial Zone
  • Shanghai Shinehigh Biotechnology Ltd and Zhejang Dongyang Chemical Co Ltd – establishment of pharmaceutical factory
  • Sino BMG – establishment of aerated concrete block production facility in the Philippines

During the signing ceremony, Duterte thanked Chinese businessmen for considering pouring in capital into the Philippines. 

“The Philippines welcome responsible foreign investors as new partners in building the Philippine economy,” he said.

Duterte also reiterated his determination to weed out corruption from government. 

“I emphasize the Philippines’ commitment to address corruption, that corruption will not be tolerated under my watch,” he said. 

Later that day, Duterte held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. That morning, the Philippine leader had addressed other heads of state and government in the Boao Forum’s plenary session. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.