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PORAC, Pampanga—The two industrial parks of Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) here will generate at least 7,000 jobs once operational, a high-ranking ALI official said last Friday.

ALI President Bobby Dy said the Alviera Industrial Park Phases 1 and 2 are part of the Ayala group’s P100-billon investment in the Alviera township project at Hacienda Dolores.

Dy graced the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alviera Industrial Park 2 and the Standard Factory Buildings (SFB) last June 12.

The area for the Phase 2 project is 32 hectares. It will have 22 SFB on each 1-hectare lot.

Former President and now Second District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo graced the event, together with Porac Mayor Condralito de la Cruz, Vice Mayor Dexter Albert David, Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon and Masahiro Nagaoka of Mitsubishi Corp.

In her speech, Arroyo expressed her support for the development of Alviera since day one and said “it was her joy” to attend another groundbreaking ceremony here.

She also said the support of the local government is one of the most important components in the development of the investment climate in Pampanga.

“I know that the governor is fully supporting this project and anything you need from her, whether it is regarding policy, troubleshooting  or others, she is willing to help you with that,” she said.

De la Cruz said she is looking forward to the additional work opportunity that the Alviera will produce for the townsfolk of Porac. He also expressed his gratitude for ALI’s choosing his once-barren town for investment and making it into one of the most conducive towns for businesses.

David said “not just Porac but the whole of Pampanga will benefit from the project of the Ayalas.”

Dy said the land area of Alviera has already increased from the original 1,100 hectares to 1,800 hectares, which makes it their second-largest estate in the country.

He added they are expecting the property to be the home for locators in food manufacturing, motorcycle assembly, packaging and logistics, as well as warehousing.