Bataan Refugee Camp 1980 - 1995, Philippines

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Morong is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines.

The Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) was a large facility near Morong, Bataan, Philippines, which was used as the final stop for Indochinese refugees making their way to permanent resettlement in other nations.

Opened in 1980, PRPC was located to the south of Subic Bay and north of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

The camp prepared Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian refugees, including ethnic minorities (such as Chinese) from those three nations, for immigration to a variety of resettlement nations such as Canada, Norway, Australia, France, and primarily the United States.

PRPC was funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and was capable of holding up to 18,000 refugees at any one time. Coupled with a large population of Filipino and third-country employees, PRPC operated like a small city with schools, hospitals, libraries, restaurants, sports facilities, fire brigades, sewage treatment facilities, power generation facilities, water treatment centers, markets, and houses of worship for four religions.

PRPC funding came to an end in the late 1980s as the wave of Indochinese refugees went from a flood to a trickle. The site was permanently closed and fell to looters and squatters, and eventually into disrepair by the early 1990s. By the mid-1990s, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines saw the error in allowing the site to be reclaimed by the jungle, and turned the it into the Bataan Technology Park, loosely associated with the new complex which had been built on the nearby site of the former Subic Bay Naval Base.

The documents of more than 400,000 refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were processed for four to six months at the PRPC before the UNHCR secured approval of their resettlement by host governments in the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia. Parish memorabilia

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The Bataan Technology Park, a 365 hectare of land along the rolling hills of the Morong Special Economic Zone in Bataan overlooking the South China Sea , is the former site of the United Nations Philippine Refugee Processing Center. It is now conceived to become the growth nucleus for knowledge-based industries that will propel the Philippines towards being the next hub for high technology innovation and applications development, especially in information technology (IT) and its related industries, in the Asia-Pacific Rim.

Aside from the proposed Economic Zone to be developed on this area, there are existing Dormitories and accommodation facilities which are also ideal for conferences and team buildings. The shrines and monuments left here served as witness of man’s courage to endure the triumph even in very vile conditions.
Courtesy of https://sites.google.com/a/bataan.gov.ph/tourism/interest/bataan-technology-park-inc
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