Despite the challenges brought about by the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, Dinalupihan town Mayor Gila Garcia expressed optimism that her municipality and the whole Province of Bataan will survive and attain its vision towards economic progress and development. In a two-hour interview with 1Bataan News, Mayor Garcia proudly reported that her town was the first to register an economic enterprise and get approved under the newly-expanded AFAB (Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan) Law authored by her brother, Bataan Second District Rep. Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III. “Ngayong nagkaroon ng Covid-19, at ngayong papunta na tayo sa ‘new normal’ marami tayong mga nakalatag na economic developments and projects na kapag naipagpatuloy natin ay malaki po ang maitutulong sa pagbangon ng ating ekonomiya,” Mayor Garcia explained.
Despite the slight economic slowdown in the past months, Garcia added, they have managed to process and registered an AFAB enterprise that covers from 40 and expandable to 300 hectares of mixed development of commercial and light industries. The project will be located in Barangay Pinulot, a village with almost 5,000 population and adjacent to nearby Barangay Tipo in Hermosa town where a huge portion and major road going to the Subic Bay Freeport is located. “Marami na rin po tayong potential investors sa development na ito na nameet and dahil nga sa nangyaring ito (Covid-19 pandemic), they will design their structures and implement a system according to the ‘new normal’ protocols being designed and enforced by our government,” the third-termer lady mayor reiterated. Garcia added that she is looking forward for more enterprises to register for her municipality to create more jobs and generate additional income.