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22 November 2013

Subic Freeport eyed as retirement haven by American retirees

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has its sights set in further developing the Freeport as a destination for retirees.

SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia recently met with officials of the American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) for a possible development of a retirement facility in this Freeport.

ABHOW is a non-profit and non-sectarian corporation, which is committed to providing exceptional service to older adults, their families and the wider community.

ABHOW president David Ferguson said that they have conducted a survey among American and Filipino-American seniors and many are considering retiring in the Philippines.

“We are excited with the opportunity and see what Subic has to offer,” Ferguson said.

In the meeting, Garcia told Ferguson and company that the Subic Bay Freeport is a preferred retirement destination for retirees and now has numerous retirement facilities that are operating here.

“Subic is a perfect destination for American retirees because of the rich American culture here, a result of Subic's being a former US naval base,” he added.

Garcia also stressed that the huge number of nurses in the country can provide adequate care for the retirees.

“We are happy that you are considering Subic as your location and we will be ready to support and assist your group,” he said.

Meanwhile, Randall Stamper, chairman of the ABHOW board of directors, added that accessibility is their main reason for considering Subic as a location.

Aside from being connected to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, which cuts travel time to Manila to just two hours, the Subic Bay Freeport also has its own seaport and airport.

Subic has also become a popular location for several retirement homes due to its modern health and wellness facilities amid a healthy natural environment and laid-back atmosphere. (FMD/MPD-SBMA)

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