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^^ Achieving that actually has a long way to go...although Bataan in general has a low poverty index, I believe that the great majority of families are still in lower middle income class or maybe even just above the poverty line. Working in factories, especially those on contract basis, won't earn them a fortune, maybe just enough for 'em to get over day to day living. I'm hoping that the provincial government has a long term plan for transition from low level skill/low income manufacturing to higher level skill/high income skill manufacturing or knowledge based industries. We actually have few like refineries, petrochemical and power plants but these industries are mostly automated and are not needing that much manpower support, in addition that these are capital intensive investments thus they wouldn't come very often. For the knowlege-based industries I think the province already made some early steps to attact them by improving connectivity in key points of the province, specially in Balanga and FAB where they plan to build business centers to cater for this burgeoning industry. And the other thing that IMO is reallt a good inutiative is the City of Balanga's aggressive campaign to encourage those with capability to start a business. As you know we can't be all employees, there must be a good number fo entrepreneurs to keep the local economy a bit more competitive. Free seminars are constantly being conducted and the processes for setting-up ones are being simplified. Hopefully we can experience the fruits of these little by little as the years go by...basta hindi mawawala ang continuity.
 

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^^ Achieving that actually has a long way to go...although Bataan in general has a low poverty index, I believe that the great majority of families are still in lower middle income class or maybe even just above the poverty line. Working in factories, especially those on contract basis, won't earn them a fortune, maybe just enough for 'em to get over day to day living. I'm hoping that the provincial government has a long term plan for transition from low level skill/low income manufacturing to higher level skill/high income skill manufacturing or knowledge based industries. We actually have few like refineries, petrochemical and power plants but these industries are mostly automated and are not needing that much manpower support, in addition that these are capital intensive investments thus they wouldn't come very often. For the knowlege-based industries I think the province already made some early steps to attact them by improving connectivity in key points of the province, specially in Balanga and FAB where they plan to build business centers to cater for this burgeoning industry. And the other thing that IMO is reallt a good inutiative is the City of Balanga's aggressive campaign to encourage those with capability to start a business. As you know we can't be all employees, there must be a good number fo entrepreneurs to keep the local economy a bit more competitive. Free seminars are constantly being conducted and the processes for setting-up ones are being simplified. Hopefully we can experience the fruits of these little by little as the years go by...basta hindi mawawala ang continuity.
Nice. :cheers: I'm actually aware of big industrial complexes in Bataan like Petron Bataan Refinery, which has recently undergone a massive expansion to 180,000 bpd, and future projects like the Manila-Bataan Coastal Expressway and NLEx Extension to Dinalupihan Exit. I would want to call Bataan as a model province for others to imitate. As I pass along Roman Expressway, I can feel the countryside, yung gusto mong ilabas yung ulo mo sa ordinary bus para madama ang sariwang simoy ng hangin (wag lang sa Limay, jk) and kapag sa coastal road naman, you can feel a sense of vibrancy, an ambiance that suggests big things are coming up to this small peninsular province. Balanced ang development, I must say. Maihahalintulad ko ang Bataan sa South Korea, maliit pero may tiger economy, at peninsula rin ang South Korea. :)

Tama lang yang 2020 Goal na Highest HDI. Ang main component ng HDI ay per capita GDP, coincidentally. 😁
 

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PPP a boost to Bataan’s ‘blue economy’–official

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PPP a boost to Bataan’s ‘blue economy’–official
By Jonathan L. Mayuga - November 23, 2018

THE provincial government of Bataan will continue to pursue public-private partnership (PPP) projects to ensure sustainable development of its so-called blue economy.

Bataan plays a major role in the Central “Luzon West-Growth Corridor” and serves as Central Luzon’s industrial heartland owing to the presence of several industries, as well as bustling tourism anchored on its natural resources and historical sites.

Implementing various integrated coastal management (ICM) activities, Bataan is working closely with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (Pemsea), an intergovernmental organization operating in East Asia.

Pemsea aims to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region.

Bataan is at the forefront of the country’s socioeconomic growth, boasting robust agriculture, fishery and manufacturing sectors. It is Pemsea’s first ICM Parallel Site in the region.

Some of the ongoing ICM activities include coastal strategy development, beach cleanups, public-awareness campaigns, mangrove rehabilitation and fish/turtle sanctuary establishment.

Turtles
ACCORDING to Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources (PGENRO) chief Victor B. Ubaldo, Gov. Albert S. Garcia’s thrust is to promote industrialization while ensuring the protection and conservation of the province’s natural wealth, particularly its coastal and marine environment.

Ubaldo, former National Economic Development Authority assistant regional director, emphasized the importance of protecting the province’s rich natural resources, particularly its coastal and marine areas. The London-educated Ubaldo said the challenge is striking a balance between the robust growth brought about by development and the protection of its mangrove forests along the coastal areas.

“Bataan is a peninsula. It is surrounded by bodies of water. From there, you can see the importance of the ocean to the province. Like in other parts of the Philippines near the ocean, the major means of transportation is through the ocean. That is why there are developments of seaports, then development of industrial areas and there is a buildup of residential areas along the coastal areas,” he explained. “Because of [these], there is now a competition for the use of our limited strip of land.”

Historically, Bataan plays host to marine turtles. The province celebrates the Pawikan Festival every December 1 and 2, which highlights the importance given by Garcia’s leadership in protecting and conserving the endangered migratory wildlife, according to Ubaldo.

“When marine turtles return to nest in an area, it means that the marine environment is still healthy,” he explained. “A marine turtle returns to the place where they are hatched to nest when they become mature so it means that Bataan still has a healthy marine environment.”

Challenge
THE challenge, he said, is the fact that there are industries that want easy access to seaports, which threatens mangrove areas.

“Not all of Bataan’s coastlines have mangroves. There are pockets of mangroves around Bataan and the priority is to preserve them,” he said.

The official said they maintain strong links with the local government and the coastal communities in partnership with the DENR and Pemsea to protect them while balancing with the need for development.

“In areas where there are no mangroves, with the permission of the municipal government, we prioritize an area for industrial development,” he said. “For the building up of residential areas, we want to direct them away from coastal areas for their own safety because of the danger posed by climate change impact.”

Long term
UBALDO said, currently, there are big seaports in Mariveles, Limay, Orion and Subic.

Two-thirds of Subic is within the territorial jurisdiction of Bataan, he said.

“There are also private ports, actually, jetties but they operate like private ports.”

According to Ubaldo, the main actors in the coastal resource management are the city or municipal governments, noting that they have the mandate to develop their own coastal areas.

“What the provincial government aims to do is to enhance the capacity of local governments and help them formulate a regulatory environment that is appropriate and in accordance and responsive to the long-term vision of the province,” he said.

Cooperation
UBALDO said that, at the end of the day, the people of Bataan will realize that caring for the province’s natural resources is not the responsibility of the government alone but of everybody that will require the cooperation of everyone.

“We have a partnership with the private sector, the Bataan Coastal Care Foundation. It is because of Pemsea that the BCCF was formed,” he said. “Pemsea help facilitated the formation of the BCCF.” He added Bataan, as an ICM site of Pemsea, is now in the institutionalization stage as far as ICM is concerned.
https://businessmirror.com.ph/ppp-a-boost-to-bataans-blue-economy-official/
 

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T-del's new multi-storey building for construction


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Another building under construction in BPSU main


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Status of BGH's OPD building




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A small commercial building at the back og Gap Hotel, it looks like a convenience store


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No picture but there's a new 3-storey building under construction within the compound of Centro Medico

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No picture as well, currently there some work on-going for re-opening of Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman in Galeria Victoria.

But I was disappointed to see that despite the renovation of the mall's main structure ang dami pa ring parteng hindi naayos...bitak-bitak na tiles sa patio, hagdan na tangal ang nosing at nagkalat na mga pitak ng bato
 

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red tide alert sa bataan at pampanga. ingat mga ka-ssc
 

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SM City update:

They started with the construction of the new transport terminal. Once this is done and the buses and jeepneys are ready to transfer then that's the time they'll start with the mall construction out of the structure of the old terminal building. IMO it may happen by 2nd quarter next year.





I'm just not sure if the design is still that of WTA design studio. I'm hoping it is.

 

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^^ aba nga naman may hard evidence na nga hehe
 

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matagal ko ng gustong magpost dito ng renovation ng afab admin building pero ngayon ko lng napicturan hehe. maganda-ganda na nga naman ang itsura kahit hindi pa tapos, mas modern na tingnan, malayo-layo na sa original design neto na brutalist.



 

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2,600 jobs up for grabs at Freeport Area of Bataan
https://businessmirror.com.ph/2600-jobs-up-for-grabs-at-freeport-area-of-bataan/

MARIVELES, Bataan—Some 2,600 jobs are up for grabs in the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) as more locators poured in their investments in this industrial zone tagged as the country’s economic dragon.

The job opportunities resulted to the start of the operations of new companies, as well as the expansion of the operations of the existing locators.

Among the locators hiring are Mitsumi Phililippines Inc., Perpetual Prime Manufacturing Inc., Essilor Manufacturing Philippines Inc. and Dong-In Group of Companies’ Mountaineering Instruments Corp. and Edge Soft Good Solutions Inc.

Meanwhile, the newly registered locators in 2015 are expected to open at least 4,900 jobs in the next three years.

“The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan [Afab] welcomed this new development. Since 2010 the administration has been working hard to bring more investors and big manufacturing corporations to the free port,” Afab Chairman and Administrator Deogracias G.P. Custodio said.

“The investments pledged by the locators are felt by the people on the ground through the opening of more job opportunities. We assure the national government and the people that we will continue to work hard and bring more investments to contribute to the growth of the local economy,” he added.

In 2015 the number of FAB workers hired by registered locators and manpower agencies increased to 25,803, or 28.91 percent higher, compared to the 20,017 workers recorded in 2014.

There are 114 registered locators in the FAB as of December 2015.
 

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1st stakeholders meeting for the establishment of Bataan High School for the Arts, which is set to open on June 2019.

Cong. Joet and his wife Isabel organized the 1st stakeholders meeting for the establishment of the Bataan High School for the Arts due to open in June 2019. The school will rise in a 2 hectare property generously donated by the Acuzar family and will be located near the entrance of the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar resort in Bagac. The half day meeting last Nov. 24 was hosted by Ms. Jam Acuzar. The stakeholders present were led by Provincial Board Member Reynaldo Ibe, City Administrator Rudy de Mesa, Balanga SDS Carolina Violeta, Bataan ASDS Rolando Fronda, BPSU President Gregorio Rodis, Provincial Education Consultant Mrs. Simeona Emata, City Education and Excellence Development Officer Tarra Ann Pagdanganan and Teacher-in-charge of BNHS MAPEH Department Jonathan Baldeo.


 
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