THE House of Representatives and the Senate ratified on Monday the bills that seeks to expand the powers and functions of Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB).
House Bill 6524 and Senate Bill 2133, which form the basis for the proposed Freeport Area of Bataan Act, gives AFAB additional land in Mariveles which used to be part of the Bataan Economic Zone, and other areas in Mariveles not currently included in the FAB Main Zone.
The bills seek to develop AFAB into a decentralized and self-reliant research, development, engineering, medical, and education center in line with the provisions of the Local Government Code.
The measure gives additional powers to the AFAB include the authority to undertake the establishment, operation, and construction of airports, shipping facilities, and other such projects.
The bills also give AFAB the authority to operate or to license tourism- related activities such as games, amusements, nature parks, recreational and sports facilities, online gaming, and other such activities.
The roles of the AFAB administrator and chairman were separated as well. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras