The Leyte Industrial Development Estate (LIDE) is located in Isabel, Leyte. It is one of the largest industrial estate in the country covering 424 hectares. LIDE was established by virtue of Letter of Instruction No. 962 dated November, 1979 signed by then Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos. It houses two of the country’s major industries, the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refinery Corporation (PASAR) and the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation (PhilPhos).
The Leyte Sab-a Basin Development Authority created under PD. 625 was responsible for the development of the Industrial Estate. The Authority was empowered & instructed to acquire privately-owned lands circumscribed in the Industrial Estate by way of negotiated sales with the landowners. The displaced landowners were located to a housing site now called the Isabel Relocation Site composed of the 3 relocated barangays namely Brgy. San Roque, Brgy. Sta. Cruz & Brgy. Sto. Rosario.
The Authority deputized the Nat’l. Development Company (NDC) to organized & manage the development of facilities required to accelerate the implementation of the major industrial projects particularly the copper smelter and phosphate fertilizer projects.
PASAR is the only copper smelter in the Philippines and the first copper smelter in Asia when it started its operation in 1983. A world-class refining company, PASAR has been producing world-class electrolytic copper cathodes for over 25 years. PASAR is the only copper smelting and refinery in the Philippines and the first in Asia. Among its by-products are dore metal, sulfuric acid and selenium powder. Aside from being an industrial plant, PASAR has been recognized for its environmental conservation efforts.
On the other hand, PhilPhos, considered as one of the biggest fertilizer manufacturing plants in Asia produces high grade fertilizers which gained wide acceptance among its customers in the Philippines and other Asian countries like Vietnam. It occupies 180 hectares within the LIDE. PhilPhos is the leading producer of phosphate fertilizer in the Philippines and has one of the largest processing capacities in the ASEAN Region. It also produces a by-product, gypsium, which is used in the cement industry.
These two giant corporations contribute approximately 93% of the total export earnings of Region VIII.