Region 3
Central Luzon is one of the leading growth regions in the Philippines that strategically located at the heart of Asia. No other place with sea and air travel and cargo facilities could equal Central Luzon in terms of almost equal travel in Asia.

Only 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila, Central Luzon is the gateway to the Northern Luzon Regions. It covers a total land area of 21,470 square kilometers and is composed of seven provinces: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.

Central Luzon is host to the country’s premier economic zones (ecozones) – Clark and Subic Freeport Zone and other industrial estates that generate jobs and foreign exchange for the country.

A distinct advantage in consideration of the Asia Pacific Rim, Central Luzon’s highly strategic location was enough for the United States government to locate their former biggest naval and air military facilities outside of its mainland – Subic Naval Base and Clark Air Field. From 1991, the Philippine government took over these facilities and now the premiere ecozones.

The Region also combines the advantages of an international airport, a seaport, industrial and agricultural areas, tourism/leisure sites, and support services/industries. The complementation of each of these elements enhances the potentials of the region as an investment site.

The Region has a very diverse cultural heritage and colorful traditions, owing to the influence of Spanish, American, and Japanese colonizers. Among the region’s festivities, celebrations, and religious rites, the most prominent include the Carabao Festival and Obando Fertility Rites in Bulacan, the Giant Lantern Festival and Lenten Rites in Pampanga, Dinamulag and Mango Festival in Zambales, the Fall of Bataan and the Taong Putik in Nueva Ecija. Central Luzon is also noted for products, sweets, and delicacies. Centuries old churches, ancestral houses, as well as historical monuments, serve as landmarks that depict the rich cultural heritage of Region 3.

To combat the impending crisis that would create an impact to its local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), collective support thru financing, marketing, institutional development, institutional development, and capability enhancement were implemented.

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