The First Economic Zone In The Philippines "The Bataan Economic Zone"

The Bataan Export Processing Zone, which also known as BEPZ, is a special economic zone located at the Province of Mariveles, Bataan,Philippines.

 It is the very first "free trade zone" in the country of Philippines. It is  established through the enactment of Republic Act No. 5490 by Congress of the Philippines during the regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

The economic zone is being managed by Bataan Export Processing Zone Authority created under the law that established the zone.

 BEPZ is located in a cove at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula. It is measure for about 172.3 kilometers from Manila via national road of the Bataan Provincial Highway and through North Luzon Expressway, Gapan-Olongapo Road and Roman Highway.

 It has a total land area of 153.9 km² representing 12% of the total land area of province of Bataan. The Agricultural resources of Mariveles, Bataan, include rice, mangoes, legumes, vegetables and coffee. It also has aquatic resources like round scads, grouper, mussel, and abalone; mineral deposits of granite and basalt and forest products like vines and bamboo.

 BEPZ, consist of diferrent company who made different product like shoes, bags, ford car, tennis ball, garments, packaging cartoon, lighter and others. Workers came from different region of the country, which mostly consist of Tagalog, kapampangan and ilokano.

 Every year from The Bataan Economic Zone or BEZ conduct  a trade fair during the month of November to December. The tennis balls used in the Wimbledon Grand Slam are made in the Bataan by the company of Dunlop Slazenger.


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