BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia has recognized the appropriate solution to the escalating housing shortage as number one priority program to be confronted by the local government with the expansion of investments in the identified industrial growth sectors of the province.
Governor Garcia is earnestly conferring with realty estate owners and housing developers from Central Luzon and Metro Manila for the creation of housing facilities at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) located in Mariveles in preparation for the massive migration of workers seeking stable employment in various manufacturing plants and export–oriented industries.
He stressed the provincial government is looking for a private partner to develop a new concept of township project near the FAB which will include commercial areas and other public utilities such as schools, public market, church, health center and other amenities.
In a related development, the province is also eyeing the construction of a central transport terminal within the periphery of FAB and the operation of monorail or rapid transport system in the country’s first export processing zone.
Governor Garcia said the increasing demand for highly-skilled manpower in the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) and other eco-industrial zones has attracted workers from different provinces of Central Luzon and beyond as far as the Visayas region to apply for jobs in various industrial and commercial establishments here.
Describing the FAB as a thriving fully-integrated and self-sustained community, Governor Garcia has explained that with the influx of workers, the huge requirements for comfortable housing projects which harmonize with nature conceived to be genuinely work-live-play environment that brings together a residential haven, a central business hub, and social and health amenities for the residents should be built to address the housing scarcity.