11 March 2013

Garcia urges gov’t engineers to capitalize on economic boom

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia urged city and municipal engineers in the country to start improving infrastructure in their areas while the country is in an economic boom.

Chairman Garcia made the statement on Wednesday during the start of the three-day 9th CMEAP National Convention at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center here.

Bannering the theme “Trends, Challenges and Innovations towards Green Engineering,” the convention featured exhibits and technical sessions on global technical development, as well as fellowship meetings among members of the City and Municipal Engineers Association of the Philippines (CMEAP).

“The convention of the CMEAP is very timely with our development as an economic power in Asia,” Garcia said, adding that in 2012, under the leadership of President Aquino, the Philippines was able to transform itself economically and is now considered one of the emerging economic dragons in the region.

He noted that in 2012, the Philippines made its best economic performance in so many years when its gross domestic product increased by 6.6 percent. This was the second highest in Asia for the period.

Garcia said that with this new economic climate, the government is spending billions of pesos in additional infrastructure, including roads, bridges and tourist facilities. City and municipal engineers should take advantage of this opportunity to create and implement development plans for their area, he added.

The SBMA official also urged CMEAP members to meet problems and challenges head on, and to help sustain and further improve the economic performance of the country.

He added that in Subic, the SBMA is already preparing for the coming of more foreign investors by improving both the image of the free port and the facilities located therein.

“We have to make sure that when the investors arrive, we have all the necessary infrastructure in place, so it would be easier for them to do business here and hopefully to become successful,” Garcia said. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)