28 November 2010

Subic Freeport honors 10 outstanding workers (updated)

Out of the 90,000-strong workforce in this former US military base, ten exceptional workers were elevated to “local hero” status recently after making it to the ranks of this year’s Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers.

The ten outstanding workers were announced on Wednesday during a ceremony held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC) as part of the Subic Volunteers’ Day celebration. The event was organized by the Subic Bay Workforce Development Foundation Inc. (SBWDFI).

The ten awardees were Jesus Vener Mallen and Alfredo Sadora of Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corporation, Benamor Labadan and Francisco Roberto of Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc., Jean Castro of Nicera Philippines Inc., Elvira Reyes-Mullis of the Subic Bay Development and Management Center Inc., Mark San Gabriel of Subic Water and Sewerage Company Inc., Marissa Tamayo of NIDEC Subic Philippines Corporation, and Larry Aquino and Nedelyn Catiis of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

In the awarding ceremony, SBMA administrator Armand Arreza lauded the ten winners, noting that they were selected through a rigid screening process that emphasized efficiency, positive work attitude, leadership capabilities and interpersonal maturity.

“The awards that we give out this afternoon do not only represent the best in the more than 1,350 companies located here, but the best of the Filipinos as well,” said Arreza.

“It is not because of the sweet talk done by me and (SBMA) Chairman Feliciano Salonga that investors come here; it is precisely because of the hard work and dedication of workers that these extraordinary ten represent— they show that Subic is the home of world-class workers,” Arreza said.

Meanwhile, SBWDFI president Severo Pastor, who also heads the SBMA Labor Department, pointed out the importance of the annual search for outstanding workers, which is now on its ninth year, by stressing that the annual search institutionalizes the initiatives and programs for customer service and employees’ welfare.

“A great mind balances business practices with people’s welfare and corporate wellness,” Pastor intoned. “Aside from pleasing the firm’s clients, the company management must also nurture the welfare of its employees, who should be considered as the internal customers of the firm,” Pastor explained.

“I sincerely believe that this (award) will inspire more and more workers— the actual driver’ of the businesses here— to attain greater heights, bringing with them their company and also, the economy of the Subic Bay Freeport,” he concluded.

The SBWDFI, which manages the search for the Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers, was established in 2001 to help promote SBMA’s thrust for industrial peace and harmony between employees and employers in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

This year’s awards program was organized in cooperation with the SBMA Labor Department and the Mondriaan Aura College. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

SUBIC’S PRIDE: The winners in the 2010 search for Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers.