SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) announced a major initiative to improve facilities and enhance the natural beauty of this free port with the end in view of boosting the tourism industry here.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said the agency’s “Operation Facelift” is designed to bring Subic at par with other touristattractions in like Singapore and Guam.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – A subcontracting employee of Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) died on Thursday after being pinned between a cherry picker and a girder of a hatch cover inside the shipbuilding facility in Redondo Peninsula.
Kalayaan I-Tech employee Jerwein Lopera Labaja, 23, was on-board a cherry picker to conduct power tooling underneath a hatch cover at cargo hold 5 of a vessel that was still under construction when his upper limb got caught in-between the basket of the cherry picker and the girder that resulted in his instant death.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Subic Bay Freeport’s New Container Terminal-2 (NCT-2) has been formally assigned as an extension of the Port of Manila as part of government efforts to solve cargo congestion in Manila.
This developed as executives of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would take effect on Friday (Sept.12).
The MOA was signed by SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia and PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will be sending back to Manila port 16 containers vans containing undetermined materials that were found to be leaking and emitting a foul smell.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said that the containers were among the 721 container vans that arrived at the New Container Terminal 2 in the Subic Freeport on board M/V Asterix from the Port of Manila on Friday morning.
“After receiving reports that some of the containers are emitting a foul smell and are already leaking, we ordered them to be segregated from the other containers and be returned to Manila today (Monday),” Garcia said in a press conference here.
Garcia said that Subic has agreed to store container vans in order to assist the national government in addressing the congestion in Manila ports.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) achieved another milestone in improving the lives of the indigenous Ayta tribesmen in this free port when it handed over to tribal leaders on Monday millions of pesos representing payment for the use of the Ayta ancestral land here.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia handed over the check in the amount of P14,791,440.00 to Conrado Frenilla, chieftain of the Pastolan Aytas here, in the presence of other tribal elders, as well as representatives of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) headed by Regional Director Salong Sunggod.
The check represents the share of the Ayta Ambala tribe of the village of Pastolan in the lease rentals of business companies located within the Ayta ancestral domain from May 2009 to December 2013.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Singapore-based Interflour Group Pte Ltd. (Interflour), one of the producers of the finest flour in the world, will be building its Philippine mill in Subic as part of its expansion program to meet flour demand in Southeast Asia.
This developed as Interflour Managing Director and Chief Executive Greg Harvey, Subic Bay Gateway Park President Jeff Lin, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia signed a 50-year lease contract paving the way for the construction of the flour mill facility.
MASINLOC, Zambales -- Twenty-six fisherman from Nasugbu Batangas, including four minors, were arrested by the Provincial Joint Task Force on Anti-illegal Fishing Thursday, the first arrest by the newly-established task force, 38.9 nautical miles west of Masinloc Zambales, for dynamite fishing.
Nelson Bien, Chief of the Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said the arrest was made possible by the joint efforts of the task force and members of the local fishermen from Zambales.
Western Luzon Payao Fishing Association (WLPFA) Vice President Liza Pineda said some 44 home-made explosives and five 5-gallon-containers of ammonium nitrate were confiscated from the fishing boat. Pineda added that the same group was apprehended in Bolinao, Pangasinan recently. But this was denied by the boat captain, Nestor Pasaylo.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has recorded an increase of 62 per cent in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) during the first semester this year.
This was announced by SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia, who also cited the added flexibility in the agency’s financial program as a result of its efforts to increase its earnings.
BAY FREEPORT – A faster, cheaper transport system will soon be available to cargo shippers in Central and Northern Luzon when a new feeder service that will ship containers from Manila to Subic begins its operation next month.
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) announced last Friday that a Manila-Subic shuttle service operated by the PTC Agency & Transport, Inc. will serve as a common feeder for shipping lines serving locators and shippers in and around Northern Luzon. The service, which will have a twice-a-week schedule, is scheduled for its maiden call on July 1 at the Manila International Container Port. It will arrive in Subic the following morning.