A flourishing first-class municipality in the heart of Pampanga, Mexico has fast become an attraction to investors and traders from all over the region. The town, with a land area of 11,761 hectares, offers a promising future for light industries, commercial investments and agricultural businesses.
Sharing similar physical and cultural features with Pampanga’s capital city of San Fernando, Mexico is suited to urban development as well as agricultural investments. To date, about 9,821.78 hectares is used for agriculture while 26.94 hectares is declared as industrial and 38.27 hectares is commercial. The municipal administration however plans to allocate 522 hectares of agricultural land for reclassification, which is about 4.44 % of the total area, to address the growing demand for urban uses north of the town.
The biggest commercial establishment in Mexico is SM City Pampanga, the longest and biggest mall in Region 3, which is located in Barangay Lagundi. The mall was built in 2000 and its annex in 2007. Although the 31-hectare land area of SM City Pampanga is sprawled on the boundaries of Mexico and City of San Fernando, about 149 stores and tenants are located in the jurisdiction of Mexico. The largest of these locators are SM City Pampanga Annex with 17,439-square meter area and Teletech with 9,700 square meters.
SM City Pampanga also contributes the biggest local revenue for the municipality as its tenants and locators generate about P43 million a year in business tax. This is part of Mexico’s stable income from local taxes alone amounting to P73.7 million a year. As of 2010, Mexico has a total of 1,088 active businesses.
The municipality’s total income in 2010 was recorded at P210.6 million, with its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government included.
Among other municipalities in Pampanga, Mexico’s local revenue reflects the strength of the current leadership and its strategic policies for business and investments. Mexico is now a haven to the largest real estate investments in the province including The Lakeshore, a 300-hectare world-class residential, commercial and recreational development project of the Central Country Estate Inc., and Beverly Place, a complete residential, business and lifestyle project of the Sta. Lucia Realty with an 18-hole golf course. There are a total of 17 prime subdivisions in Mexico ranging from five to 300 hectares of land development.
Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang also made business easy in this fast developing by putting into place the much-needed utility and telecommunications support to investors. Mexico has existing road networks making it accessible from all points of entry. It is only a 40-minute drive from Balintawak exit while a large number of passenger buses ply a route to its very adjacent neighbour, the City of San Fernando.
The local water district, Sinukwan Water, services the municipality while a number of private water systems also provide water supply to areas such as Royal Meadows, Lakeshore, Sto. Domingo Village, Beverly Place, Lapidsville III, NHA, MPC Resettlement, Sto. Rosario, San Antonio and San Lorenzo.
The electric power requirement of Mexico is supplied by the Pampanga Electric Cooperative (PELCO) I. It supplies about 2 million kilowatt of power all-over the town per year. Mexico also houses the largest sub-station of the National Grid Corp. in the Philippines in North Luzon. Meanwhile, two of the largest telecommunications companies in the Philippines, PLDT and Digitel, serve the municipality.
Mexico is also proud to have the largest printing press in Pampanga which is Mexico Printing. Likewise, the town is the largest producer of yellow corn in the province with an actual production of 11,311 metric tons in year 2010. It is also one of the largest producers of rice in Pampanga with a recorded 29,980 metric tons of production also in 2010.
True to their commitment to develop Mexico as an investment hub in the province and into a first-class city in the future, the local leadership works hard in making every step of business development in the town easier and more conducive for investors.
(Sources: Mexico socio-economic profile, municipal agriculture 2010 report, municipal financial statement 2010, proposed municipal land use summary 2010-2013, interviews from local sources)