BALANGA CITY – Eight Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) Registered Enterprises (FREs) received the Safety Seal Certification from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Bunker, Balanga City, Bataan on 16 July 2021.


DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III personally handed the award to Almatech Mfg. Corp., BFD Global Footwear Mfg. Inc., D.I. Dawn Patrol Mfg. Corp., Dong-In Sunbirds Corporation, East-Cam Tech Corp., Essilor Mfg. Phils., Inc., Mitsumi Phils., Inc. and Perpetual Prime Mfg. Inc. in recognition of the companies’ compliance with the existing government regulations against COVID-19 at the workplaces.

Aside from the awarding of the Safety Seal, the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) led by AFAB Administrator Emmanuel D. Pineda also received a Certificate of Eligibility for 10 bancas from the DOLE.

Administrator Pineda in his speech introduced that FAB Registered Enterprise Rouvia Road Yacht Design & Construction Corp. will fabricate the 130 units of 25-foot bancas distributed by DOLE to local government units and to the AFAB.

Administrator Pineda also particularly thanked the DOLE Secretary and his Department.

“Salamat kay Sec. Bebot at sa DOLE…tatanggap na tayo ng bangka, magke-create pa tayo ng panibagong local employment dahil mga taga-Bataan ang gagawa nung [ng] mga bangka.”

(“Thanks to Sec. Bebot and DOLE… aside from the bancas that we will receive, we will also create new local employment because the people of Bataan will build [the] boats.”)

Relatedly, AFAB awarded a plaque of recognition to Sec. Bello for his effective leadership, continued support, and excellent contribution to promoting the welfare of the workers in the Freeport.

The DOLE Secretary commended the AFAB for its achievements in promoting industrial peace in the Freeport. Sec. Bello said, “Because of [the] AFAB, the major accomplishment of our President in the field of labor and employment is industrial peace.”

Meanwhile, Administrator Pineda shared how its locators played a major role in making the FAB the only economic zone in the country to have positive investment inflows in the first quarter of the year despite the challenges brough by COVID-19.

“With the hard work and commitment from all the FAB Enterprises, the FAB is the only economic zone in the country that still managed to post positive foreign direct investment inflows in the first quarter of this year.”