Hermosa Mayor Anthony Joseph Inton has already identified a 50-hectare in Barangay Mabiga and another 50-hectare land in remote Barangay Mambog as the sites for expansion of Freeport Area of Bataan.
Inton said the area in Barangay Mambog has been reserved for light industries and warehouses. He said job opportunities are in store for thousands of residents of Hermosa and nearby municipalities.
The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) has already identified prospective areas for FAB expansion in the city of Balanga, the towns of Pilar, Abucay, Samal, and Hermosa.
President Duterte in August last year signed into law Republic Act 11453 that amends RA 9728 or the Freeport of Bataan Act of 2009 to clarify and expand the Freeport’s territory beyond Mariveles town.
The new law extends the Bataan’s freeport to other nearby towns but with approval of the concerned local government units (LGUs).