The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority is pushing to expand its terrestrial boundaries with the help from its first chief executive, Senator Richard Gordon.
SBMA chairman and administrator Wilma Eisma said that Gordon, who was SBMA chairman from 1992 to 1998, filed Senate Bill 2207 to expand the area of the Subic Bay Freeport and that of the neighboring Clark Freeport.
Under the proposed measure, some parts of Zambales and Bataan provinces, along with areas in Olongapo City, will be made an adjunct of the Subic Bay Freeport under a phased expansion program.
Eisma said that during a consultation session with neighboring local government units in 2018, SBMA was able to secure pledges of about 21,000 hectares of expansion areas for future investment projects.
These included 9,000 hectares in San Antonio; 10,000 hectares in San Marcelino; 500 to 600 hectares in Subic; 500 hectares in Castillejos; and 900 hectares in Olongapo City, all in Zambales; and 505 hectares in Hermosa, Bataan.