09 December 2011

SBMA board continues “Project Unity’ outreach

SUBIC, Zambales – Members of the new board of directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) continue their landmark program to consult with stakeholders in the Subic Bay Freeport area in order to synergize development efforts with neighboring communities.

The SBMA directors who are members of the SBMA’s “Project Unity” committee lately met with Subic municipal mayor Jefferson Khonghun to discuss concerns in the local community, including the agency’s relationship with local government units.

“This is an opportunity to get to know you, and for you to get to know us as well,” SBMA director Bienvenido Benitez, who is Project Unity chairman, told Khonghun during the meeting.

Benitez added that the committee is hoping to synergize with the communities surrounding the Freeport by meeting with officials of local government units.

“The SBMA considers the local government units as its partners, that’s why we are doing this,” added director Philip Camara.

Khonghun, meanwhile, took the opportunity to air his concerns regarding the welfare of his constituents who are either working at the Freeport or are directly affected by the Freeport’s rapid development.

He also made suggestions for further improvement of the relationship between the SBMA and local government units.

Khonghun also extended his appreciation to the directors for sending out the agency’s emergency rescue team to help in clearing operations in Subic in the aftermath of typhoon Pedring.

SBMA director John Philip Chua-Chiaco regarded the meeting as an eye-opener for the directors about how the Freeport affects Subic residents.

He said the SBMA board of directors would consider all inputs from these meetings with government officials, so that the agency could best undertake efforts to help in the parallel development of neighboring areas.

SBMA directors Wilfredo Pineda, Alfonso Siapno, and Norberto Sosa were also present during the meeting with Mayor Khonghun. (SBMA Corporate Communications)


Members of the SBMA Board of Directors discuss concerns with Subic town mayor Jefferson Khonghun (center) during a courtesy call at the municipal hall.