Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the proposed establishment of two hyperscale data centers in Luzon by ENDEC Development Corp., an engineering services provider, and Diode Ventures, LLC, an infrastructure developer.
In September 2022, ENDECGROUP, Inc. and Diode Ventures, LLC joined the Roundtable Meeting on Digital Infrastructure during Marcos Jr.’s visit to New York, USA.
ENDEC Development Corp., a subsidiary of ENDECGROUP, Inc., is the main developer of the projects. William Johnson, ENDECGROUP, Inc. managing director, briefed the President in Malacañang on the status of its proposed hyperscale data center projects in the Philippines.
During the meeting, the companies informed Mr. Marcos of their ongoing negotiations to build hyperscale data centers in Tarlac and New Clark City.
President Marcos noted that the projects would enable the Philippines to catch up with other countries in terms of digitalization.
“This is important for us. We’re left behind when it comes to digitalization. That’s why the push for data centers, fiber optics and satellite is one of our priorities,” said Marcos.
According to ENDEC, the project will begin in the first quarter of 2024 and that it will collaborate with a local Renewable Energy (RE) company for its electricity requirements to support its energy-intensive data center operations.
It would use 100% renewable energy sourced from solar, wind and hydro to sustain its 700 MW monthly power consumption of its data centers, the company added.
It would also secure separate energy sources to ensure that the country’s power grids will not be affected by its operation.
In January this year, President Marcos also visited China and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the aim of fostering cooperation on digital projects involving AI, 5G, cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things, and other cutting-edge technologies.