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About Subic Bay

Learn more about this historical landmark that showcases nature’s bounty amidst globally competent business enterprises..

History

Colorful spools of historical accounts are laced together by Subic’s people evidenced by the Freeport’s edifices, streets, and parks among others. The metamorphosis that Subic Bay has undergone for over two centuries leaves one in great admiration how this former ammunition depot gradually turned into a world class Freeport.

Flora

The Freeport’s protected rich and fertile soil makes it a perfect host to a variety of ornamental, medicinal, and fruit-bearing trees and plants. From relatively common shrubs to gigantic trees, to rare species of the Kingdom Plantae, Subic Bay effortlessly epitomizes a sanctuary blessed with life that is enhanced by its inhabitants.

Fauna

That is, in meeting the members of Kingdom Animalia, face-to-face. Subic Bay is dedicated to cultivating a peaceful co-existence between human and wildlife; hence, its thematic parklands that have long rescued, rehabilitated, and orphaned sick or injured animals. Creatures of the jungle and marine life as well thrive and adapt to this menagerie that science and man mutually nursed for them.

People

The Freeport’s educated, English-speaking residents and workforce live harmoniously with their foreign counterparts who come from different cultural origins. Asian, European, American, and Australian nationals make up the Subic Bay neighborhood, bridging kinship with one another. The Freeport community continues to grow as more and more people are attracted to work and live in the area.

Industry

SBFZ boasts of four core investment areas: Central Business District, Subic Gateway, Subic Bay Industrial Park, and Subic Techno Park – that collectively serve as the cornerstones of its progressively dynamic trade and industry. Manufacturing-related businesses; electronic communications technology; warehousing and transshipment; banking; and education are among Subic Bay’s commercial ventures that yield investment and consequently generate jobs.

Backed by the Philippines’ liberal foreign investment policies that offer an auspicious business climate, SBFZ provides a business haven that offers investors a competitive advantage in the global market.

SBMA – Administration

The Government of the Philippines tasked a corporate body that shall develop Subic Bay Freeport into a self-sustaining industrial, commercial, financial, and investment and academe center. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, in compliance to the Sec. 13 of the Philippine Republic Act No. 7227, oversees all business operations around the Zone.

SBMA’s powers are exercised by its chairperson and 15 board members appointed by the President. Among these board members are two representatives from the national government, five from the private sector, and eight from local government units.

Representatives from national government and private sectors both serve a six-year term while LGU representatives are given three years of service tenure.

HOW TO GET THERE

Soar by Air

The Subic Bay International Airport has a regular direct international scheduled and chartered flights. Far Eastern Air Transport provides international scheduled flights to Taipei and Kaohsiung Taiwan on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Air Asia operates three times a week to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Subang) while Dragon Air operates chartered flights to Hong Kong once a week. The China Southern Airline flies twice a week to Shenzhen, China.

Travel by Land

SBFZ is 110 kms. North of Manila, the Philippines’ capital city, where Saulog Transit and Victory Liner air-conditioned buses provide passengers regular transport services to and from Olongapo City terminal. A short jeepney ride takes you from the Victory Liner terminal to the Freeport, while Saulog Transit terminal is just a stone’s throw away from the vicinity.

Via Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex):

Motorists coming from NLEX bound for Subic are advised to take the Spur/NLE interchange located between the Dau and Sta. Ines Exits of the NLEX and proceed to the SCTEx Clark Logistics Toll Plaza. After crossing the bridge, follow the loop of the ramp towards Subic. Likewise, motorists at SCTEx bound for Bataan may exit at the Dinalupihan Interchange via the Roman highway.

On the other hand, motorists from Subic and Bataan bound for Manila are advised to enter the SCTEx through the Tipo Toll Plaza or the Dinalupihan Toll Plaza respectively, and follow the road signage towards the Clark Logistics Toll Plaza. Upon reaching the Clark Logistics interchange, take the first ramp to the right that will lead to the toll plaza, then the Spur/NLE interchange connecting to the NLEX. Travel time from Clark to Subic is only 40 minutes. From NLEX in Balintawak to Subic, travel time is only 1 ½ hours.

SCTEx covers a total distance of 93.77 km. consisting of two sections, namely Subic-Clark span at 50.5 kms. and the Clark-Tarlac span at 43.27 km.

The expressway also has eight interchanges, including Floridablanca, Porac in Dolores, Clark, Dinalupihan, Angeles, Mabalacat, Tarlac and Subic.

Via Olongapo-Gapan Road (now Jose Abad Santos Avenue):

Take the North Luzon Expressway all the way to San Fernando Exit and pass thru towns of Pampanga (Bacolor, Guagua, Lubao) and Bataan (Dinalupihan) to the Subic Bay Freeport Expressway via Tipo Road in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Travel time from Manila to Subic is about 2 hours.

Sail by Sea

A relaxing ferry trip via Oceanfast Ferries, Inc. (MV Oceanjet 1) leaves Manila from the Philippine Cultural Center on Roxas Boulevard and takes you to the port of Orion in the province of Bataan. From the port, a bus takes you to Subic Bay. Do note, however, that bus services from the port to Subic Bay should arranged with the designated officer at the front desk of the ferry terminal. For further details, contact:

Oceanfast Ferries, Inc. (MV Oceanjet 1)
Port of Orion, Orion, Bataan
Description Ferry service between Manila to Bataan via Port of Orion Daily ferry service (Bus service available for trips to other places in Bataan)
Ferry Schedule: Manila – Orion: 6:00 a.m. , 9 a.m., 4p.m.; Orion-Manila: 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Fare – P350/roundtrip
Phone 0917-556-0647/0922-888-0274
Contact Noel Roque
Email oj_manila@yahoo.com
Website www.oceanjet.com

For more information about Subic visit: and www.subic.com