4 data centers are considering signing up for PEZA

MANILA – The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said at least four hyperscalers are planning to invest in the country through the investment promotion agency.

In an interview on Tuesday, PEZA Deputy Director General Tereso Panga said the capacity of these data center operators ranges from 30 to 100 megawatts.

Panga said the companies are still awaiting developments in the May 9 election before proceeding with their investment decision.

“These are already big players who are actively looking for a site,” he said, adding that these companies are eyeing the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna.

Hyperscalers are scalable data storage service providers.

The PEZA official said data center providers want to register their projects with PEZA so that they are not exposed to regular high electricity tariffs outside ecozones.

“The data center is very energy intensive. So they want to co-locate in the PEZA kasi zone (because) only PEZA can provide franchised on-board power to operate in the ecozone. If they are not inside the ecozone, they will be exposed to regular electricity rates, and that is (a) big ticket (project). They would like to be in an ecozone,” Panga added.

He said PEZA had urged the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) to include ecozone development among the economic activities that would receive tax benefits from the government. (NAP)

Ramon J. Espinoza