Metro Manila and the urban belt

Metro Manila and the urban belt

Home to the capital city, Metro Manila and the urban belt is a remarkably diverse region. Covering both urban and rural areas, the region has a population of more than 22 million and has some of the most highly developed infrastructure in the country.

Extremely high employment rates mean businesses benefit from a strong and reliable workforce. Incentives are also available from the many special economic zones in the area which service both industrial and agricultural businesses.



With two international airports and the country’s largest seaport, businesses based in Metro Manila and the urban belt have access to some of the best infrastructure in the Philippines. The development of highways leading to other regions makes Metro Manila and the urban belt a prime location for telecommunications, IT and logistics businesses. The large port can service any import and export businesses.

Key Airports and Ports:

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Clark International Airport
  • Subic Bay International Airport
  • Port of Manila (Manila North and South Harbor)
  • Manila International Container Terminal
  • Subic Bay Port
  • Batangas Port
  • Subic Bay Airport

Special economic and freeport zones:

  • Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)
  • Subic Bay Freeport Zone
  • Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ)
  • The Freeport of Bataan


Industrial Processing


Trade and Retail


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