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02 December 2009

Subic Freeport honors outstanding workers

Ten workers, who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields, were recognized recently by the Subic Bay Workforce Development Foundation, Inc. (SBWDFI) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) — the eighth batch of workers to be honored under the annual “10 Outstanding Freeport Workers” awards.

SBMA chairman Feliciano Salonga led Subic officials in recognizing the outstanding workers, noting that “the quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”

“It is therefore our great honor to have with us the best workers in the country who contributed their talents and wisdom to make Subic as it is now — progressive and one of the top investment and tourism destinations in Asia,” Salonga added.

SBMA administrator Armand Arreza, meanwhile, noted that perseverance, initiative, and concern for the common good are characteristics shared by Subic’s best workers — the same attributes of a globally competitive worker.

“These stemmed from the spirit of volunteerism that has empowered the Subic workers ever since,” he added.

This year’s search for the 10 outstanding workers in the Subic Bay Freeport began in July when the SBWDFI sent out nomination forms to all companies in the free port, as well as the different departments of the SBMA, said SBMA labor department head Severo Pastor Jr. Pastor also heads the SBWDFI.

Pastor revealed that from a field of more than a hundred nominees, only 25 advanced to the final selection process that was carried out by a three-man panel chaired by Dr. Julia Mallari, director of the University of the Philippines Subic/Clark program.

From the 25 finalists, the 10 outstanding workers were chosen.

They are: Juan Afidchao, electronics technician supervisor (SBMA TransComm Department), who is credited for the efficient installation, repair, rehabilitation and maintenance of SBMA telephone lines and units. The work he did from January to August this year alone has resulted in savings of more than P100,000.

Melvin Bactad, training specialist (SBMA HRMD), has contributed greatly to the empowerment of his fellow workers and to the development of a highly proficient and committed work force in the SBMA. Bactad facilitated 35 courses in the past year, or an average of three per month — one of SBMA’S most productive years in terms of internal trainings.

Edmond David, process shift engineer (Subic Water & Sewerage Company), saved the free port from a disastrous situation with his expertise and exceptional ability to handle a crisis, preventing a water outage in March 2009. For three days, he directed the operation of the Binictican Water Treatment Plant to ensure unhampered water supply in the Subic Bay Freeport.

Florante Frias, bulk operations superintendent (Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corp.), was instrumental in the discovery of pilferage cases in the petroleum tank farm and stopped a crime of economic sabotage. This fortified their clients’ confidence in the company and earned him the respect of his fellow workers, management and the Freeport community.

Mariel Go, industrial engineering technician (Wistron Infocomm, Phils.), provided real-time support to the production line, helping improve manpower efficiency, line productivity and yield rate, thereby notably enhancing the efficiency rate of new cell lines to 99.58 percent within six weeks.

Magnolia Lagrama, production worker (Nicera, Phils. Inc.), was twice named as the best production worker of Nicera in the frequency adjustment process. Lagrama does not refuse any assignment and performs well in whatever task she is given in the product line, thus making her name synonymous with assured output at any given time.

Virgilio Manzano, fire marshall (SBMA Fire Dept.), is one of the gallant firefighters whose participation in major emergency operations earned for the SBMA Fire Department the “Gawad Kalasag” special citation from the National Disaster Coordinating Council. He has, time and again, risked his own life to save others. Manzano is also an expert in automotive repair and maintenance, who gets old fire trucks and support vehicles back in shape.

Relly Nicolas, electronics communication engineer, (Wistron Infocomm, Phils.), has done various research and implemented many innovations that saved his company millions of pesos. He is credited for enabling Wistron to meet quality standards and on-time delivery, thereby increasing productivity and reducing “failure machine” complaints from customers.

Sharon Pasion, production worker (Nicera, Phils.), was one of the company’s employee of the year awardees in 2008, and was chosen twice last year as model production worker of the month. Being part of the final inspection group exposes her to stress and long hours of work, given the tight shipment schedules they must meet.

Joy Seridon, chemical engineer (Juken Sangyo-Phils., Corp.), was recently promoted as line leader, and has helped reduce product rejection ratio by as much as 60 percent through improved monitoring, inspection and coordination activities. She was also instrumental in establishing the company’s internal calibration team. Seridon was one of the key personnel who worked on the company’s ISO certification and succeeded in getting the renewal of the company’s ISO certification in just one audit. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

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