22 March 2012

SubicEnerzone renews ‘adoption’ of SBMA ambulances

Power provider Subic EnerZone Corp. (SEZ), under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, has renewed its commitment to sponsor the maintenance of all eight ambulance trucks of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to ensure their availability at all times.

The “adoption” of SBMA’s ambulance fleet was made through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia and EnerZone senior vice president and chief operating officer Dante Pollescas in a simple ceremony held at the SBMA board room.

SEZ started its Adopt-an-Ambulance program with the SBMA in 2007. It allocates P100,000 each year for the maintenance of the eight emergency vehicles.

In the recent signing of a new MOA, Garcia described the “adoption” as a clear manifestation of how effective the public-private partnership works, and where a private corporation assists a government agency in the implementation of a program that benefits the general public.

“Our ambulances are an integral part of the SBMA’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program that deploys emergency response teams to any area within the Freeport zone and to any neighboring province whenever there is any given emergency situation,” Garcia said.

“As such, they are vital to public safety, which is a priority mission of the agency,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pollescas expressed hope that Subic Enerzone’s Adopt-an-Ambulance program would be much appreciated by the entire Freeport community.

“We believe in the primary responsibility of the SBMA EMS and how important it is for the agency to ensure that these ambulances would be available anytime they are needed,” Pollescas said.

He added that while the P100,000-assistance will never be enough to fully maintain the ambulance fleet, it will help fast-track the purchase of much needed vehicle spare parts.

“Through our corporate social responsibility, we are offering assistance to ensure the steady and reliable availability of serviceable ambulances at all times,” Pollescas also said. (RAV/MPD-SBMA))

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto V. Garcia (second from right) and Subic EnerZone senior vice-president and chief operating officer Dante Pollescas sign a memorandum of agreement for the firm’s adoption of the SBMA’s fleet of ambulances. Witnessing the signing are Dr. Solomon Jacalne, head of the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department (right), and Subic EnerZone general manager Warell Kern Sario.