TAGUM CITY – On September 15, 2020, Hijo Resources Corporation (HRC) makes history with its partnership with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the declaration of the Hijo Industrial Estate (HIE) as Mindanao’s Food Terminal Hub by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
Held at the Hijo Estate in Tagum City, a ceremonial signing took place to symbolize the partnership of HRC and DBP that will help make Hijo Superfoods – the Philippines’ first fully automated, world class food manufacturing plant – a reality.
Similarly, HRC’s contribution in the food and agricultural industry paved the way for PEZA’s special distinction of Food Terminal Hub to HIE, making it the center of food processing and distribution from Tagum City to the local and global market.
The celebration took place online and offline where VIP guests and speakers, including Hijo’s Chief-Executive-Officer (CEO) Rosanna Tuason Fores, attended via Zoom in order to observe the health and safety protocols during the current pandemic.
Among the virtual VIP guests were DBP Chairman Alberto G. Romulo; DBP President Emmanuel G. Herbosa; PEZA Director General BGen Charito B. Plaza, MNSA, PhD; Davao del Norte Governor Hon. Edwin Jubahib; and Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon.
On the other hand, present at the event site were HRC executives and employees who complied with safety protocols by wearing face masks, face shields, and practicing social distancing.
The milestones with DBP and PEZA is a breakthrough in HRC’s goal to further revolutionize agriculture and address food security in Mindanao, starting with Hijo Superfoods.
Hijo Superfoods is also the Food Terminal Hub’s pioneering locator which will produce high grade coco sugar and banana flour.
Through the Food Terminal Hub, Hijo’s coco sugar and banana flour will be exported to the global market, with targeted countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Australia, and the USA.
“Through our collaborative efforts, we can turn this dream of a truly inclusive Mindanao into a reality. Not only on a national level but on the global stage as well,” said Alfonso Tuason Fores, HRC board member, in his closing statement.
Hijo Superfoods and the Food Terminal Hub will provide the same global opportunity for other food and agricultural products produced in Mindanao. This project will make the Hijo Industrial Estate and Tagum City a world-class venture in food processing industry.