Location –> Central Luzon Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Zambales, Pampanga
Capital –> Balanga City
Area –> 1,372.98 km2 (530.11 sq mi)
Population –> 760,650
Terrain –> Mountainous in the west, coastal plain in east, rolling hills in the central part of the province
Industries –> Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, corn, poultry, egg, refined petroleum, petrochemicals, ships, clothes
People/Language –> Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilocano
Governor –> Albert Garcia
Vice Governor –> Ma. Cristina Garcia
Representative (1st District) –> Geraldine B. Roman
Representative (2nd District) –> Jose Enrique S. Garcia III
Cities –> Balanga City
Municipalities (Towns) –> Abucay, Bagac, Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Limay, Mariveles, Morong, Orani, Orion, Pilar, Samal
The province of Bataan was created on January 11, 1757 out of the towns of Pampanga. It played a very important role during World War II. It is here where the remnants of the combined Philippine-American forces surrendered to the Japanese invaders. After the surrender came the “Death March” of thousands of prisoners of war (POW) who walked on foot towards Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac Province.
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Economy of Bataan Province
Although agriculture is still the source of livelihood for thousands of people in Bataan, the province is one of the most industrialized areas of the Philippines. It is the home of the biggest petroleum refining and petrochemicals complex in the country. It is also the home of the oldest export processing zones of the Philippines now called Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) where different manufactured goods are produced for export.
Bataan is a major producer of electricity with its several fossil-based as well as renewable power plants.
Tourism is a big contributor to the local economy with its many resorts especially in the town of Morong.
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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region