BALANGA CITY, Bataan – With the advent of more factory workers at the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), the fast emerging eco-industrial hub in Central Luzon, a Bataan Provincial Board member is expecting a shortage of housing facilities in the historic town of Mariveles.
Second termer Board Member Rolando Z. Tigas, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) chair of Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, described the unprecedented economic growth in the industrial town of Mariveles is brought by high-pitched success of the former Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA), the country’s first economic zone now known as AFAB.
Tigas explained the increasing number of job opportunities with the anticipated expansion of foreign and local manufacturing firms have fascinated skilled workers and professionals from neighboring provinces to seek employment in Mariveles town which resulted to critical scarcity of lodging, dormitories, apartments and housing conveniences.
Citing AFAB latest occupational status reports, Tigas said there were some 30,172 workers as of August, this year, which is 27% higher compared to the registered 25,803 workers in 2015. While in the first six (6) years of FAB, Freeport workers soared by 136 % from only 22,777 in 2010.
Hardworking and reliable, BM Tigas, who has never been absent in any of the SP sessions since he assumed his post added, “AFAB officials have predicted the present number of workers will double in the next six years as more investors are already setting up their operations”.