In April 2008, AES Philippines purchased the Masinloc coal-fired power plant in Zambales Province in the Luzon region. Originally constructed in 1998 as a two-unit, 600-MW plant, the facility uses coal from a variety of sources in the Pacific Rim. After AES finished overhauling much of its equipment, the expanded 660-MW (gross) plant’s availability increased from 48% to 74%, which enabled net electricity production to jump by 129% by 2010.
It is known as the nation’s biggest deposit of refractory ore in the world. It is 27 kms of well paved and winding gravel road from Barangay Baloganon to the camp site and commuted through a transportation concessionaire plying the route Coto-Baloganon at government controlled fare. Baloganon is about 3 kms from the main national highway. Victory liner has buses on that route from manila (about 5 hrs bus ride). From baloganon, it's more than an hour before you reach the kidz swimming pools (coto mines) right at the foot of the forest. It's in the town called masinloc (2 hrs from olongapo).
Masinloc was among the native settlements visited by Juan de Salcedo in his exploration of Zambales in 1572. The first village is what is now called San Andres in the Barrio of Bani. Thirty five years later, the town was founded on the southern mouth of the river across the bay from the island of Salvia or San Salvador. However, the first convent was built on the east shore of Salvia, while the first town site, now covered by the sea, was just in front of the stone church. Actually, the town is now behind the church (San Andres Church) and is growing inland across the river towards Collat, Lipay and Baloganon to the North.
1. Baloganon 7. San Lorenzo
2. Bamban 8. San Salvador
3. Bani 9. Santa Rita
4. Collat 10. Santo Rosario
5. Inhobol 11. South Poblacion
6. North Poblacion 12. Taltal