PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday inaugurated the Bataan Government Center and Business Hub, also known as “The Bunker.”
Bataan province is the first local government in the Philippines to house provincial and national offices in a single location, Malacañang said in a statement.
The Bunker, which was built through Public Private Partnership (PPP), will be home to government financial institutions and government agencies such as the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Veterans Bank, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Pag-Ibig Fund, Land Transportation Office (LTO), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Land Registration Authority (LRA), 1Bataan ITS, and Bataan Negosyo Center, the Palace said.
In his speech, Mr. Duterte said: “I hope that this Bunker that we are inaugurating today will serve its purpose in helping the people of Bataan face the rapidly evolving modern complexities and challenges of everyday life.”
“It is in this light that I acknowledge the government officials of Bataan for their inspiring vision to build this hub that will facilitate the convergence of government offices, national government agencies, and other service providers as they engage the general public,” he added.
The President also noted that he recently signed a measure expanding the territory of the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) to create more investment opportunities for the province. The new law extends the Bataan freeport’s territory to include the rest of Mariveles outside the former Bataan Economic Zone and its municipal waters, as well as the alienable and disposable public lands and municipal waters of the expansion areas.
“It is my hope that you will continue to partner with other stakeholders even as you maximize the opportunities afforded by this institution, including the delivery of quality and responsive government services to our people in line with the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018,” he said. — Arjay L. Balinbin