02 May 2012

SBMA cited for job generation program

Educators in the field of Industrial Technology lauded the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for its continuing efforts to generate jobs for Filipinos, especially skilled workers.

This message was conveyed to SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia during the recent opening here of the 10th National Conference of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities of Industrial Technology (PACUIT), which was attended by about 250 senior officers, including presidents and directors from state colleges and universities in the country.

“Your contributions to the socio-economic development of the country must be acknowledged,” said Dr. Feliciano Rosete, president of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University in Zambales and vice president of PACUIT-Luzon.

Rosete also cited the personal contributions of Garcia, saying that the SBMA official has introduced innovative concepts to strengthen the institutional policies of the agency for the benefit of service-clientele, including workers and students.

Garcia, who was invited as keynote speaker in the event, welcomed PACUIT delegates to Subic and acknowledged the role of his predecessors in turning this former military base into a successful free port and special economic zone.

“The Subic Freeport is a true manifestation of Filipino industriousness,” Garcia said. He noted that after only 20 years since its creation, Subic is now one of the most successful free ports in the Asian region with US$8 billion worth of accumulated investment, and a record of more than 92,000 jobs generated.

Garcia said that Subic’s success could be attributed to the professionalism and dedication of workers to their respective jobs, which prospective investors appreciate.

“That is why my heart is very close to industrial technology,” Garcia said. “Our success is a manifestation of the strong quality-control program being implemented here in the Subic Freeport with the help and cooperation of the workers.”

He added that the SBMA would continue supporting industrial technology by accepting students as trainees in various offices of the agency under its on-the-job training program.

The program is in support of President Aquino’s vision of achieving progress through “Daang Matuwid,” Garcia also told members of PACUIT.

PACUIT is an association of educators in industrial technology, which aims to better equip its members in steering industrial technology programs toward technological advancements and make them more attuned with national efforts in industrial development.

With the theme “Strengthening Response to the Emerging Industrial Technology Challenges,” the Subic conference was designed to solicit and discuss issues and concerns affecting PACUIT members, including the challenge for attendees to make local industrial technology education match with emerging trends in modern technology. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto V. Garcia (left) shares a light moment with CHED Commissioner Dr. Nona Ricafort during the 10th PACUIT National Conference at the Subic Bay Freeport. Also in photo is RMTU president Dr. Feliciano Rosete (right).