Basic Facts

Morong, which is the second largest municipality of Bataan, lies in the western part of province. It is bounded by the following:

Zambales - North
Bagac - South
South China Sea - West
Abucay, Samal and Orani - East
Hermosa and Dinalupihan - Northwest

The territory has a total land area: 21, 920 hectares, which is 15% of Bataan’s total land area. Around 9694.99 hectares is identified as water shed-primary growth forest area. Total population is 21,273 as of 2000. Morong is the least populated among the province’s twelve municipalities.

Origin

The town of Morong was originally called Bayandati, which lies within the jurisdiction of Nagbalayong. When the Spaniards came to the Philippines, a number of Moro thieves and traders have decided to settle in the town, hence the name “Moron.” Moron was then officially established by the Franciscan friars in 1578.

The people of Moron earned their living primarily through farming, fishing and selling goods in Olongapo and Manila.

On June 10, 1955, the town’s name was changed to “Morong” when Republic Act No. 1249 was approved by the national assembly.

Morong Today

Investors have seen the immense potential of Morong when it comes to business and tourism.

The municipality’s accessible location is a definite plus for residential and commercial real estate developers. Morong is approximately 50.48 kilometers from the capital town of Balanga and just 174 kilometers from Manila. One can also enter Morong through the Subic International Airport and the Subic and Binanga Port.

Morong’s clean and untapped beaches are slowly becoming a choice destination for those who are looking for alternatives to the country’s popular but crowded vacation spots. Investors are planning to build exhibit halls, convention centers, golf courses, hotels and beach resorts in Morong. Plans are also in progress to develop industries such as component parts manufacturing and assembly operations.

The construction of a major road connecting Morong to Balanga will provide access to the various developments in the Bataan Techno Park, which is managed by the Bataan Technology Park Inc. The Bataan Techno Park will become a center for agriculture and aquaculture technology under the management of the Bases Conversion Development Authority.

These developments will bring adequate water and power supply to the municipality, as well as improvement in solid waste and sewerage systems. Basic telecommunication facilities will be established to provide access to the information highway.

Even with the continuous modernization and urbanization, Morong’s native industries remain profitable. A lot of the residents still earn their living from mango and cashew production, vinegar-making and basketry.