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PMC mull HQ relocation to Bataan

BALANGA CITY, Bataan —The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) is planning to relocate its headquarters to a 100-hectare site inside the state-controlled BTPI complex Morong, Bataan.

If the plan pushes through, the PMC headquarters from Fort Bonifacio in Taguig city will be fully relocated to the strategic town of Morong in the next three years.

In a statement, PMC said this is in line with the Marines plan to move to other areas outside Metro Manila.

Earlier, PMC commandant Major General Ariel R. Caculitan together with Marine staff made a courtesy call on Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia at the Bataan Provincial Capitol in Balanga, Bataan where they discussed the possibility of relocating their headquarters from Fort Bonifacio to Bataan.

The Marine officers met with the governor and his staff to discuss about the planned groundbreaking and establishment of the future Headquarters of the Philippine Marine Corps at Bataan Technological Park (BTP) in Morong, Bataan,” the PMC said in a statement.

Earlier, the PNP Maritime also wrote Garcia about their plan to relocate their headquarters inside Camp Crame to Mariveles, a strategic coastal town located along the mouth of Manila Bay.

Located just at the backdoor of SBMA, Morong is also the site of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the multibillion-peso Anvaya resort hotel owned by the Ayalas and other beautiful hotel and beach resorts.

The Morong to the SBMA fojr-lane road is now being fast-tracked by Garcia, and aims to shorten travel time between the two areas.

Morong’s BTPI was once the site of the Philippine refugee processing center (PRPC).

PRPC had functioned from 1981-1994 and housed more than 400,000 refugees during that period.

The PRPC is composed of 365 hectares and had enough space for 18,000 individuals at one time.

The refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Loas were later accommodated by Canada, Norway, Australia, France and the U.S.