03 January 2013

90,000 Workers Go Back To Work At Subic Bay Freeport

After a long and stress-relieving holiday hiatus, almost 90,000 employees working here are returning back to work.

According to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia, the 89,372 employees make up the current workforce inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and have kept the economic zone afloat despite the economic crises that has affected most of the Western world.

“Each and every one of these employees has my respect. They have made great contributions in ensuring that Subic Bay Freeport remains the flagship of the Philippines in terms of economic growth,” Garcia said.

He said that the SBMA has given said workers the moniker, “Bayani ng Freeport” or “Heroes of the Freeport” due to their apparent commitment in giving their best in their respective jobs while paying taxes and making the Freeport an investor’s haven.

Currently, the services sector has the most number of workers here with a total of 38,459 or 43.16 percent, the biggest in the workforce sector. This is followed by the shipbuilding or maritime industry sector with 27,310 workers or 30.65 percent, with the manufacturing sector, with a total of 15,183 workers or 17.04 percent of total workforce in the Freeport.

These are followed by the construction sector with 7,614 workers or 8.54 percent of the workforce, and lastly domestic helpers, taking up one percent of the same workforce. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)