The San Juan Project is located along the San Juan fault zone in the province of Batangas, which is around 108 kiometers south of Manila. Batangas is bordered by Cavite and Laguna in the north and Quezon to the east. Together with the province of Rizal, these 5 provinces make up the CALABARZON.
The San Juan project occupies 26,730 hectares, sprawled over the municipalities of Lobo, Rosario, San Juan and Taysan in Batangas as well as Candelaria and Tiapog in Quezon.
San Juan, which is a first class municipality in the easternmost part of Batangas, is accessible via Lipa City, Ibaan and Candelaria by road. It is subdivided into 42 barangays (small administrative districts).
Ideal Project Location
Batangas thrives on local tourism with its culture, heritage and an abundance of places of interests. The following is a tourism video featuring the town of San Juan alone, courtesy of the Virgin Beach Resort in Laiya, posted by sanjuan4226 in October 2008.
The second largest and most important international seaport in the Philippines after Metro Manila is in Batangas, with the Port of Batangas and the Batangas Container Terminal, linking CALABARZON to regional hubs of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. The Port of Batangas takes up to 3 million passengers, services roll-on roll-off transport, and handles bulk and break-bulk cargo yearly; Batangas Container Terminal, on the other hand, has an annual throughput capacity in excess of 300,000 20-foot equivalent units.
Industrial zones are only 10 to 50 kilometers away from the seaport, making it conveniently accessible 24/7 through modern highways and seamless road infrastructure.
Metro Manila, in fact, is connected to the Southern corridor through: the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), which crosses across the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Batangas; the 19.74 kilometer-Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway), which extends SLEX from Saint Tomas to Batangas City; and, the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), which connects the southern area of Metro Manila, namely the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas, with Cavite.
A Vibrant Economy
The economy in Batangas is in an upswing. Considered as a late entrant in the industrial park development arena among the provinces that make up the CALABARZON, Batangas hosts nine (9) manufacturing-oriented industrial estates, among them the 350-hectare park in Santo Tomas, the 62.5-hectare First Philtown Industrial Park in Tanauan, and the 250-hectare Light Industry & Science Park IV in Malvar.
In March 2016, the Batangas Green Business Summit was held, where the city government launched the Incentive Program for Eco-Business District, which incentivizes, honors and recognizes enterprises for their environmental causes and initiatives. Batangas City, after all, is one of the pioneers of the 24-article, 176-section E-Code in the country, which promotes grants toward a greener business community. To date, according to a report written by Roderick Abad for the BusinessMirror, about 70% of the more than 6,000 business locators in the city comply with the working ordinance.
Batangas is widely recognized as being a model Green city, and as early as January 2014, Dr. Bernardo Villegas, a prominent economist and business analyst, as reported by The Manila Times, cited that the province, with its market of over 20 million traveling Filipinos, and the accessibility of its industrial parks and seaport, may well become another Metro Manila.
He may be right. Just last August, The Standard reported that the Batangas Container Terminal, operated by listed Asian Terminals Inc., “handled over 85,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of international containers as of end-July, setting it on course to yet another record performance this year after handling over 130,000 TEUs in 2015.”