The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) is a government agency attached to the Office of the President of the Philippines that operates and manages the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) in Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines.
The FAB was originally designed as an Export Processing Zone, then known as the Bataan Export Processing Zone. By virtue of Republic Act 9728, the BEPZ was converted into the FAB in 2009. Its existing infrastructures include 17 Standard Factory Buildings (SFB), the first elevent with three stories each and the six newer buildings being warehouse type buildings. It is currently home to 98 FAB Registered Enterprises as of May 2022. These enterprises are engaged in manufacturing products for export ranging from tennis balls, yachts, outdoor and camping equipment, luxury bags and other related items. These enterprises employ a total of 39,889 workers at the of May 2022.
The mandate of the AFAB is to efficienty and effectively manage the FAB, leading to increase in investments and in employment in the locality. To accomplish these objectives, the AFAB seeks to attract more locators in the manufacturing, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), new industries in the field of Financial Technology and Blockchain, Internet of Things, Articial Intelligence and green industries, among others. Since its inception, the AFAB has been able to spur development within the FAB, leading to a 196% increase in the number of operational enterprises, and a 212% increase in the number of FAB Workers.
To further spread the development and opportunities to the rest of the province of Bataan, FAB Expansion Areas can now be declared anywhere in Bataan given the concurrence of the local government unit concerned. As of the end of May 2022, the AFAB has approved 17 expansion areas located in one city and eight municipalities of Bataan.