First defense economic zone in Southeast Asia will soon be established in Bataan, Philippines where Government Arsenal is located. Government Arsenal is providing government security forces from Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police with basic weapons, ammunition and other munitions.
“There are a lot of defense companies lining up to come in, according to [Government Arsenal] Director Jonathan Martir. We’re just waiting for the Presidential proclamation for the incentives,” Bataan Governor Albert Garcia said as quoted by Philistar.com.
“I think they’ll be able to formalize things with PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority) by September to give incentives to locators,” Governor Garcia added.
The AFP Modernization Act (Republic Act 7898) mandates “the government arsenal shall be utilized in the production of basic weapons, ammunition and other munitions for the use of the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP), and for the sale and export of products in excess of AFP/PNP requirements.”
Furthermore, GA is authorized to use production facilities as it may own or be provided under the law or as it may arrange under joint venture, co-production or similar arrangements with local and foreign entities.
GA is located on a 370-hectare defense industrial estate in Lamao, Limay, Province of Bataan.