24 July 2009

SBMA marks Chairman Salonga’s day with community service

Employees of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) again commemorated the birthday of Chairman Feliciano Salonga on July 23, with community service by planting trees, conducting a seminar on waste management, and undertaking a medical mission for indigent patients in communities near the freeport zone.

Salonga, who turned 80 on Thursday, said that employees from various SBMA departments planted a total of 800 seedlings to mark his birthday.

“We’ve been doing this ‘green’ celebration of my birthday for the past four years,” said Salonga, who became SBMA chairman in 2005. “This is my humble gift to Mother Nature, which has provided Subic with so many natural attractions.”

Unlike most government executives, Salonga celebrates his birthday without the usual big bash and, instead, spends the day with his family doing community work.

Salonga said that SBMA’s core values of “malasakit,” excellence and passion complement his desire to share with his “kababayans” the blessings and opportunities that he receives in life.

He added that planting trees is also one way of investing in the future of Subic and the next generation of residents and workers in this freeport.

Aside from planting trees on Thursday, SBMA employees also conducted a seminar on waste management and recycling at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC).

In this activity, some 500 residents from neighboring villages in Olongapo City, Zambales and Bataan, learned how to turn waste materials into usable and sellable items from Philippine Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Inc. experts.

“It is a very simple training that gives one the idea and technical know-how on how to turn, for example, empty tetra packs into bags,” said Armie Llamas, manager of the SBMA Public Relations Office, which coordinated the livelihood training activity.

The seminar speakers also demonstrated how to produce pesticides from used cigarette butts, vinegar from santol, burger patties and vinegar from plantain banana peelings, and tea from sweet potato leaves, among others.

The SBMA, in cooperation with a leading pharmaceutical company in the country, also conducted on Friday a medical mission at the remote village of Timak in Morong, Bataan as part of the community service activities for Salonga’s birthday celebration. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

PHOTO: SBMA employees plant 800 tree seedlings at Cubi Point in the Subic Bay Freeport to commemorate the birthday of SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga on Thursday.