06 September 2010

Subic Freeport lauded for conservation practices

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) again received a rave review for effectively promoting environmental protection and corporate social responsibility among business investors, as well as residents and other stakeholders in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

This after a delegation from the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) made an eco-business tour at the Subic free port, along with local and foreign delegates to a recent trade show held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Doris Gacho, officer in charge of CITEM’s Service Business Department, noted during the visit that Subic Bay has retained its holistic character despite having introduced various developments in industry, commerce and tourism.

“Subic is such an integrated community, and everything has been taken care of. I think that the SBMA is doing such a good job,” Gacho said.

“(The SBMA) have taken care of the environment and the indigenous (Aeta) community. Subic is now a place to show the world that industrial, as well as social development and caring for the environment can go hand in hand,” Gacho added.

CITEM, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), spearheaded the three-day 1st Philippine International Eco-Show (PINES), an event through which the agency committed itself to be the driver of “green” growth and industry in the country at a time when business and sustainable environment are regarded as complementary aspects of a progressive Philippines.

As part of the event, CITEM bought 36 selected delegates to Subic and toured them among various tourism facilities and industrial factories here.

In particular, Gacho said the visitors were impressed with PacTec Inc., an American firm manufacturing heavy-duty hauling and packaging bags for the transportation and waste industry.

“PacTec makes very good products, and I see that it has maintained good relationship with suppliers and they’re very impressive. I think PacTec can be a potential exhibitor for DTI to promote,” she said.

Meanwhile, SBMA administrator Armand Arreza said that the Subic Bay Freeport never fails to make a good impression on visitors because the agency really intended to develop and capitalize on the eco-tourism potentials inside the economic zone.

“While we are promoting Subic as a better place to establish various industries, the bigger part of Subic is still covered with well-preserved forests and pristine bodies of water that we continue to develop into some of the best tourism facilities in the country today,” Arreza said.

He added that the SBMA has also programmed the development of Subic’s potentials in adventure tourism in line with the nationwide campaign to promote eco-tourism and adventure tours in the country and make the Philippines the best adventure destination in Asia.

To sustain this program, Arreza said the SBMA regularly undertakes tree-planting and beach clean-up activities, and other environmental protection and conservation programs and projects. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

Delegates to 1st Philippine International Eco-Show (PINES) visit the PacTec factory in the Subic Bay Freeport.