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Central Luzon Region
What is the W Growth Corridor?
Basic Facts About Central Luzon
Major Industries/Export Winners
Why Invest in the W Growth Corridor
Bulacan and the Central Luzon

Central Luzon Region

Central Luzon is one of the leading growth regions in the Philippines. It is strategically located at the heart of Asia, and no other place with sea and air travel and cargo facilities can equal Central Luzon in terms of almost equal travel time in Asia. Its location has been central enough for the area to be the choice of FedEx's Asia One Hub and the United Parcel Services (UPS).

Only 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila, Central Luzon is the gateway to the Northern Luzon regions. It covers a total land area of 21,470 square kilometers, and is divided into seven (7) provinces, namely: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

The W Growth Corridor

The W Growth Corridor defines Central Luzon's key growth areas. It is a strategic approach in promoting Central Luzon as an investment destination. It comprises Central Luzon key investment area for tourism, industry and agriculture. These areas represent the growth municipalities of the region, which when plotted on a map form the shape of a W.

The W Growth Corridor is also the spatial representation of the vision for Central Luzon which is designed at directing certain economic activities to strategic areas where they can be globally competitive.

The Central Luzon W Growth Corridor concept was derived from the region's articulated vision of becoming:
  • An Industrial Heartland of the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region
  • An International Transshipment Hub
  • A World Conference Center; and
  • A Showcase of Competitive and Vibrant Agricultural Sector

    The W Growth Corridor is one of the most dynamic and business-ready destinations, because of its:
  • Strategic Location
  • Accessibility through 3 major international airports
  • Availability of highly-skilled, competent pool of manpower resources
  • Superb infrastructure and transshipment facilities
  • Broad-based economic and market spheres of influence
  • 10,000 hectares of industrial land

  • Central Luzon Fast Facts

    Provincial Components: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales
    Number of Municipalities: 118
    Number of Citiess: 12
    Population (May 2000 Census): 8,204,742
    Total Land Area: 21,472 sq. km.
    Literacy Rate (Functional): 86.90% (2003)
    Major Languages and Dialects: Filipino, English, Kapampangan, Ilocano
    Climate: Dry from November to April; We from May to October
    Labor Force: 3,524,000 ( 2005)
    Labor Force Participation Rate: 63.80%
    Employment Rate: 90.89% (2005)
    Unemployment Rate: 90.89% (2005)
    GRDP Contribution: PhP 102.46B (2005)
    GRDP % Share 8.61% (2004)
    GRDP Growth Rate 2.10% (2003-2004)
    Literacy Rate 94.80% (Simple, 10 years old and over, 2000)86.90% (Functional, 10-64 years old and over, 2003)

    Year Consumer Price Index Inflation Rate
    2001 110.30 10.30%
    2002 114.90 4.20%
    2003 119.50 4.00%
    2004 128.50 7.50%
    2005 135.70 5.60%
    Year Exports (in $USB) Investments (in PhPB) Employment
    2001 2.86 24.79 107,781
    2002 2.94 27.14 168,284
    2003 2.82 47.06 128,646
    2004 4.91 142.15 131,362
    2005 4.27 152.09 205,300
    Year GRDP (in PhPB) % Share Growth Rate
    2002 94.06 9.11%
    2003 95.68 8.94% 3.40%
    2004 97.68 8.61% 2.10%

    Bulacan and the Central Luzon Region

    The Province of Bulacan may very well be considered as one of the few provinces in the Philippines that greatly benefit from its geographic location. The province boasts of its strategic location, which is equidistant with the northern and southern parts of Luzon. At the same time, it is proximate and accessible to the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila where most of development impulses originate. Bulacan is one of the seven provinces comprising the Central Luzon Region. It is bounded by the provinces of Aurora and Quezon on the east, Nueva Ecija on the north, Pampanga on the west and Rizal on the southeast and Manila Bay on the southwest.

    Dubbed as the "Northern Gateway from Manila," it is in Bulacan where the national trunkline road, Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, forks in the Cagayan Valley Region in the northeast and towards the rest of North Luzon in the north and northwest. Such accessibility is a key factor that prompted private investors to develop several industrial estates in the province.

    Central Luzon is the only region in the Philippines that is accessible through three (3) international airports: Clark, Subic and the Ninoy Aquino International Airports.

    Bulacan has also become an important link between the large and consolidated consumer market in Manila and the resource-rich provinces of North Luzon. The province's strategic location is further highlighted in Central Luzon 's regional development as it is expected to play an important role in realizing the "W Growth strategy of the Medium Term Development Plan of the Region."

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