The Philippines will be having it's very first Philippine-made tire products owned and produce by Filipinos in coordination with Finland investors with the construction of "Pilipinas Tires" factory. The $200-Million Tire Factory in the Philippines will be built in Mindanao during the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.
The first-Philippine-made and owned tire company will produce rubber tires for cars, pick-ups, SUVs and light cargo vehicles as well as for agricultural machinery. Pilipinas Tires will be mainly made out of natural rubber produced by the Philippines' rubber farmers whose farms are located mainly in Mindanao.
Sec. Manny Piñol and DA Officials with Finland's Black Donuts Engineering
Dept. of Agriculture (DA) Region XI officials in Davao City will guide the BDE executives to the different areas in Southern Mindanao, including the identification of a proposed factory area.
Initially, the BDE executives were informed that the Philippines has about 150,000 hectares of rubber farms owned mainly by small farmers.
Most of the cup lumps and semi-processed rubber cubes are exported and therefore dependent on international pricing which is volatile.
For example, when I was Governor of North Cotabato, farmers in the province enjoyed the best price ever of over P90 per kilo of rubber cup lumps which fell to only P16 per kilo last year.
Today, the price is up to about P35 per kilo in North Cotabato and P41 in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Basilan.
There is only one reputable tire manufacturing company in the Philippines, Yokohama of Japan, which is located in Clark, Pampanga.
A Filipino-owned tire factory near the production areas is expected to provide a ready market for the farmers' produce, provide jobs and spur the development of more rubber farms in the denuded mountains of Mindanao and other parts of the country.
On Friday, before leaving home for Finland, the BDE executives will give the Agriculture Secretary a final briefing on their assessment of the country's rubber industry.
A positive report could signal the start of the organisation of rubber farmers into a company or corporation.
BDE could then enter into a partnership with the rubber farmers' group for the start of the establishment of a $200-M manufacturing facility which is expected to produce at least 4 million "Pilipinas Tires" every year starting 2020.
That would mean an estimated revenue of P24-B every year which would mainly benefit Filipino rubber farmers and workers. (Photos of BDE Executives visit to the Office of the Agriculture Secretary taken by John Pagaduan while photos of tire factories downloaded from Google.)
Source: Manny Piñol FB Page