More Labor Intensive Investment Law Eyed

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Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

The Department of Trade and Industry will push for a revised investment bill which will focus on attracting projects that are labor intensive and perk up economic activity as against the previous thrust of revenue generation.

Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II said a bill which will harmonize all incentive packages is prepared for submission to Congress.

According to Roxas, the Board of Investments (BOI) and the Department of Finance (DOF) have agreed in principle to the new draft that will revise the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987.

Incentive granting has been a major contention between the BOI and the DOF.

The BOI, the government's premier investment generating agency, has favored the granting of generous incentive packages but the DOF, being the government's premier revenue generating agency has looked upon incentives granting as a waste of government revenue.

According to Roxas, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is also pushing for an investment strategy that will provide more jobs and perk up the economy as against revenue generation.

Roxas said the President referred to a conversation with Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Mahathir who looks at investments more for job generation and economic activity than as a revenue generation. …