Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) is located southwest of the Luzon Island
in the Philippines. The harbor is sandwiched by the Zambales Mountain
Range at the east and the Subic Bay at the west and opens up to
the South China Sea. It is northwest of the Bataan Peninsula and
southwest of the Zambales Province. SBF is 110 kilometers north
of Manila. Manila Bay and the Bataan Peninsula separate SBF from
Manila. The mountain ranges around the Subic Bay area and the deep
natural harbor provide excellent and protected anchorage. In addition,
these features make SBF naturally sheltered from typhoons as well
as from the effects of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
SBF belongs to Region III or the Central Luzon Region. It is one
of the points in the growth triangle and is an engine for economic
development in the region. SBF is a supplier of services and products
for the Central Luzon Development Program (CLDP), a regional growth
area composed of the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac,
Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales.
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Like the rest of the Philippines, the climate in SBF is tropical.
There are two seasons: dry, from November to May, and wet, from
June to October. The climate is without extremes. Average temperature
is 80 degrees Farenheit or 26 degrees Celsius.
The population in SBF is estimated at 3,000. Right next to SBF
is Olongapo City with a population of approximately 200,000. The
adjacent provinces to SBF, Bataan and Zambales, have populations
of 491,459 and 569,266 respectively as of 1995. Region III or Central
Luzon, encompassing the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac,
Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales, has a combined population of 6.9
million as of 1995.
source: Department of Tourism
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