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New Unilever plant to create 5k jobs

More than 5,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities await Filipinos following the inauguration of Unilever Philippines’ new Beauty & Well-being and Personal Care (BWPC) factory in General Trias City, Cavite.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanked Unilever for establishing its manufacturing plant in the country, which is one of the company’s largest personal care facilities in the world.

“To see this project come to fruition after just several months is not only encouraging, it also inspires me and the rest of the government to work even harder for the Filipino people. So, I congratulate and thank Unilever Philippines for the establishment of this very high-technology and sustainability-driven manufacturing facility for personal care products,” Mr. Marcos said.

He said Unilever’s continued trust in the Philippines and the Filipinos’ talent reflects the vote of confidence not just of the multinational consumer goods firm but also of other investors who would like to operate in the country.

FACTORY INAUGURATION. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. walks through machinery as he leads the inauguration of Unilever’s new beauty, well-being, and personal care factory in General Trias, Cavite on Friday (story on A4). Rey Baniquet

Mr. Marcos assured the company of his administration’s unwavering support for its expansion and sustainability plans in the Philippines.

“This manufacturing plant is projected to produce nearly 90,000 tons of various personal care products annually and this is to meet the growing domestic and export demand for Unilever products,” he said.

“Such an important facility such as this has been put up still here in the Philippines. I’m sure it will help to encourage other groups to come in and do the same.” Charles Dantes

Marcos said Unilever’s inauguration of its new BWPC factory is an indication that the Philippines is “able and ready” to welcome and accept more foreign investments from various priority sectors.

“We have undertaken strategic initiatives to further encourage investments by establishing green lanes; supporting ecozones; and operationalizing game-changing policy reforms, such as the amendments to the Public Service Act, Foreign Investments Act, and the Retail Trade Liberalization Act,” Mr. Marcos said.

“But our efforts to transform the economy do not end here. We have many more initiatives and even more projects in the pipeline aimed at cementing the Philippines’ position as a leader in smart and sustainability-driven manufacturing in Southeast Asia and in the world,” he added.

Unilever’s new BWPC facility will house the production of its daily beauty and hygiene needs such as shampoo, hair conditioners, deodorants and face creams.

The establishment of the manufacturing plant was among the pledges the country received during the President’s attendance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-European Union Summit in Brussels, Belgium in December last year.

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