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PEZA is being considered by four data centers.

MANILA, Philippines — At least four hyperscalers are considering investing in the Philippines through the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), according to the investment promotion agency.

PEZA deputy director-general Tereso Panga said in an interview on Tuesday that the data center operators’ capacity spans from 30 to 100 megawatts.

Panga stated that the corporations are still awaiting the results of the May 9 elections before making an investment decision.

“These are huge players seeking a location right now,” he added, adding that the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna are being considered.

Hyperscalers are companies that offer scalable data storage.

According to a PEZA official, data center providers want to register their projects with the organization so that they are not subjected to the high power tariffs that exist outside of ecozones.

“Data centers consume a lot of power. They want to be co-located in the PEZA zone since only PEZA can supply a franchise and embedded power to run it in the ecozone. They will be subjected to standard power tariffs if they are not inside the ecozone, and this is a big-ticket item (project). “They’d prefer to be in an ecozone,” Panga continued.

PEZA has petitioned the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) to include ecozone development among the economic activities eligible for tax breaks, according to him.

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