About Subic Bay
Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) is located southwest of the Luzon Island in the Philippines. The harbor is sandwiched by the Zambales Mountain Range at the east and the Subic Bay at the west and opens up to the South China Sea. It is northwest of the Bataan Peninsula and southwest of the Zambales Province. SBF is 110 kilometers north of Manila. Manila Bay and the Bataan Peninsula separate SBF from Manila. The mountain ranges around the Subic Bay area and the deep natural harbor provide excellent and protected anchorage. In addition, these features make SBF naturally sheltered from typhoons as well as from the effects of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. SBF belongs to Region III or the Central Luzon Region. It is one of the points in the growth triangle and is an engine for economic development in the region. SBF is a supplier of services and products for the Central Luzon Development Program (CLDP), a regional growth area composed of the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales.
Like the rest of the Philippines, the climate in SBF is tropical. There are two seasons: Dry, from November to May and rainy, from June to October. The climate is without extremes. Average temperature is 80 degrees Farenheit or 26 degrees Celsius.
The population in SBF is estimated at 3,000. Right next to SBF is Olongapo City with a population of approximately 194,260. The adjacent provinces to SBF, Bataan and Zambales, have populations of 557,660 and 433,542 respectively as of 1995. Region III or Central Luzon, encompassing the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales, has a combined population of 8.030 million as of May 1, 2001. (source:NSO Olongapo)
Driving tips in SBMA Area:
- Make a full stop at intersections with stop sign or flashing red light or solid white line painted across the road. A full stop means a complete cessation of movement, not a rolling stop.
- Yield to vehicle traveling a road with a right of way and those which have approached the intersection first.
- Approach with caution or slow down at any intersection with yellow flashing traffic light.
- All motorists should pull over to give way stop to emergency vehicles (Red Light/Siren).
- Observe proper lane usage and speed limits, and give the proper signal to other motorists.
- Obey all traffic lights and hand signals of traffic officers.
- Load and unload at designated areas only.
- No driving under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drugs.
- No parking on yellow painted curbs.
- Always have valid driver's license and latest vehicle registration when driving.
- Fasten seatbelt.
- No traveling downgrade on neutral gear.
- No wearing of headphone/earphone while driving.
- The Freeport's Main Gate, leading to Magsaysay Avenue, Olongapo City, is closed to all types of vehicles until further notice. Vehicles may enter/exit at Rizal Gate or 14th St. Gate, both of which will remain open 24 hours daily
- Only pedestrians are allowed to enter/exit at the Main Gate.
- A penalty of PhP200.00 for any traffic violation must be paid at the SBMA Treasury Department, Bldg. 229, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
- For motorist assistance or to report traffic violators, dial 9111 from any Globe or Smart cellphone, or 911 from any landline within Subic Bay Freeport Zone.