The FAB is the only Freeport in the Manila Bay area, the Philippines’ center of trade. The FAB is an ideal transshipment hub, strategically located at a prime transit point for domestic, regional , and global shipping.
It is 160 km away from Manila, the Philippine’s capital, a 2 1/2 hour drive, a 55-minute boat ride, or a 25-minute flight.
The FAB is 90.6 km away from Subic Freeport, a short one-hour drive. Clark Freeport is 117km away from the FAB, a quick hour and a half’s trip by land. It takes less than 20 minutes to travel by air to these freeports from FAB.
The FAB is within the vicinity of three international airports located in Manila, Clark, and Subic.
RA 9728 Last October 23, 2009, RA 9728 officially converted the BEZ into the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB). Its purpose is to revitalize the area and offer the BEST INCENTIVES IN THE COUNTRY.
The FAB has a dedicated power supply, providing the cheapest electricity costs in the Philippines. GN Power keeps the FAB running, operating a 600MW clean coal-fired power plant.
The FAB has 2.4 billion gallon-capacity dam, complemented by a water treatment plant capable of delivering 14 million gallons of water everyday. The dam is fed by 1,500 hectares of a forested and well-protected watershed.
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
The FAB has a fully-functional sewage treatment plant that can process 15,000 cubic meters of waste per day.
BODIES OF WATER
The FAB is the only freeport surrounded by two bodies of water – the Manila Bay (industrial side) and the West Philippine Sea (tourism and residential side).
NATURAL DEEP HARBOR
With the depth of 11-13 meters, the FAB harbor is ideal for national and international port operations as it can accommodate big cargo vessels.
Beyond these natural wonders, the FAB prides itself with its people. Bataan ranks the highest in the human development index in Region 3, also ranking 4th nationwide.
With the biggest Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) manpower-training facility situated at the FAB itself, locators are assured of capable and well-equipped workers.
The AFAB’s partnerships with the Department of Labor and Employment, the Bureau of Immigration, and the Bureau of Customs, facilities more efficient procedures for the issuance of work permits, visas for foreign nationals, and import/export requirements of FAB locators.
These partnerships also serve as the foundations for the one-stop that AFAB established to service its locators 24/7.
Today, the AFAB offers the following services with its partners:
|Managed by||The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan|
|Distance from Manila||160 kilometers|
|Total Land Area||1,691.55 hectares|
|Residential||469.13 hectares||Agricultural Plantation/Orchard||49.53 hectares|
|Commercial||148.68 hectares||Institutional||5.80 hectares|
|Tourism/Recreational||57.05 hectares||Others||38.02 hectares|
|BASECO Area||380 hectares|
|LAND, UTILITIES AND MANPOWER RATES|
|Land Lease Rate||PhP 17.78/square meter/month|
|Garbage Collection Fee||PhP 77.90/cubic meter|
|Sewerage Fee||PhP 4.80 x 80% of water consumption|
|Minimum Wage||PhP 349.00/day Company with total assets of Php 30M or more
Php 342.00/day Company with total assets of less than Php 30M
|Other Benefits for Workers|
|Social Security System||Employer Share PhP 673.00|
|Employee Share PhP 327.00|
|Phil Health||Employer Share PhP 100.00|
|Employee Share PhP 100.00|
|Power Supply Source||National Transmission Corp.|
|Voltages||13,800V, 110V, 220V, 440V|
|Industrial Rate||PhP 6.12/kilowatt hour (average)|
|GN Power Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd. Co. is putting up a 600MW clean coal-fired power plant beside the FAB.|
|Water Supply Source||2.4 billion-gallon capacity dam complemented by water treatment plant capable of delivering 14 million gallons of water everyday.|
|Industrial Rates||1-25 cu.m. – Php138.74 minimum
26 cu.m. to 1,000 cu.m. – Php6.00/cu.m
above 1,000 cu.m. – Php6.48/cu.m
|Commercial Rates||1-25 cu.m. – Php128.16 minimum
26 cu.m. to 1,000 cu.m. – Php5.12/cu.m.
above 1,000 cu.m. – Php6.13/cu.m
|Residential Rates||1-15 cu.m. – Php17.50
16-20 cu.m. – Php29.44
21-25 cu.m. – Php44.06
26-30 cu.m. – Php63.97
|OTHER UTILITIES AND FACILITIES|
|Communications||Telephones, telefax and internet lines connect the FAB within minutes to any part of the world. PLDT, ComClark, Globe Telecom and Digitel are servicing the needs of the FAB locators.|
|Banks||Philippine National Bank (PNB), Land Bank of the Phils. (LBP) & Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)|
|Recreation||Covered tennis and pelota courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a clubhouse, hotels and restaurants are found right inside the zone|
|Road Network||4 lane, 2 way system|
|Government Agencies||Government agencies like the Bureau of Customs, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Social Security System, Commission on Audit and the Philippine Postal Authority extend their services to the workers and other clients inside the FAB.|
|Other Information||Offices of shippers, forwarders, truckers, security agencies, insurance companies, accounting and auditing firms, engineering consultants, and manpower services are also located inside zone. The Freeport Area of Bataan has its own Fire Control Division and Police Force that maintain peace and order and the safety of its investors and residents. There are also clinics that can answer the immediate medical needs of the community.|
|Preferred Industries||Light, Medium and Heavy Industries|