Will the Philippines become the new a new site of Disneyland or at least become its regional hub of animation department?
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Aquino arrived in California on Monday morning. He’s scheduled to sit down with Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney, and Jim Flippatos, vice president for global policy, at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Jose Cuisia Jr., Philippine Ambassador, said in an interview that he understands that they will be discussing the investment policies and climate in the creative sector, particularly game development and animation. Cuisia added that he thinks the President will also welcome an exchange of ideas how the Philippine government can continue to support and develop the industry. So they’re also looking how we can work together with Walt Disney in that particular regard.
Meanwhile, two more US-based companies are interested to expand investments in the Philippines, according to Cuisia.
On the planned expansion of operations in the country, the President will hold a meeting with Western Digital Corporation chief executive officer Stephen Milligan and chief legal officer Michael Rey.
He said that the Western Digital is quite a large employer in the Philippines. The President will also explore with them the possibility to set up shared services in the country. In fact, this computer storage company has an existing 600,000-square feet plant in Laguna Techno Park with over 10,000 employees, he noted.