Bataan Technology Park, Home of Atmanda Ecopark
In March 1997, the entire municipality of Morong was proclaimed as the Morong Special Economic Zone (MSEZ), with the Bataan Technology Park as its Main Zone. The Park is home to a resort called, Atmanda Ecopark.
This 365-hectare property, is once the site of the Philippine Refugee Processing Center, which offered friendship, hope and new beginnings to some 400,000 refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The Park houses 11 symbolic monuments and shrines constructed by the former Indo-Chinese refugees. Read More
In 2011, BCDA and officials of the Bataan Technology Park, Inc. (BTPI) and guests unveiled a shrine commemorating Blessed Pope John Paul II, who celebrated Holy Mass before some 20,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees three decades ago on February 21, 1981. To date, the Park maintains its identity as a “histo-cultural”, educational destination, owing to its rich history as the former PRPC, where the Philippines and its people played its humanitarian role as host to some 400,000 refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War in the 70’s.
Carrying on as a place of hope and concord, there are plans to transform the park into a spiritual pilgrimage destination for the international community.
Overlooking the South China Sea, the Park is situated in the most advanced and dynamic region in the country, as it lies within the area of the Manila-Clark-Subic economic triad. It is just a 20-minute drive from Subic and 2 ½ hour-drive from Manila via the SCTEX. Aligned with the development of Ayala Land's Anvaya Cove, the Atmanda Ecopark can reached by sea through the operation of a passenger terminal for a direct ferry transport to Manila at the Binanga Port in Morong.
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Investing in the Park
Investors who wish to put up can enjoy the following benefits: a) 5% levy on Gross Income Earned (GIE) in lieu of all national and local taxes and duties; b) tax and duty-free importation of raw materials and capital equipment; and c) management of the zone as a separate customs territory, ensuring free flow or movement of goods and capital equipment within, into and exported our of the zone.
The Atmanda Ecopark provides vast agricultural land where there is available agri-industrial-based labor. It enjoys the benefits and incentives of a Special Economic Zone. With its size and accessibility, it showcases its potential as a retirement haven, a corporate training center, and a zone for environment-friendly small- and medium-scale industries through its increased accessibility, investor perks, and proximity to the Subic Freeport Zone and the Clark Freeport Zone—not to mention the mushrooming residential and resort developments along the Bataan coastline.
Why the name "Atmanda"?
A Kenyan national, Japhet E. Miano Kariuki, who is an AIESEC intern with Shell Philippines, suggested the keyword, Atma or Atman, in renaming the Bataan Technology Park. This is further explained below, in relation to the three dominant groups of Indo-Chinese refugees, who once took shelter in the Park.
“Atma may refer to the “Self.” (Persian): The whole universe obeys the will of Atma or the “Self.” Iqbal a famous Persian Philosopher condemned self-destruction, for him the aim of life is self-realization and self-knowledge. There are stages through which the Atma or “Self” has to pass before finally arriving at its point of perfection. Similarly, Atman may refer to: Ātman (Hinduism), a means ‘self’ Ātman (Buddhism), a reference to the essential self Atman (Jainism), a philosophical term used within Jainism to identify the soul.
“Since war and peace are paths humanity has undergone in the path of self-realization and self-knowledge then it would be fitting to encapsulate the commonality of the three dominant groups of Indochinese refugees. Vietnamese are predominantly Mahayana Buddhists, Cambodians (Khmer) are predominantly Buddhist, one which blends elements of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, animism etc and finally Laotians who are predominantly Theravada Buddhist, with Animist and some Hindu influences.”