29 May 2013

SBMA to assist in security of Hanjin shipyard

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will be deploying personnel from its Law Enforcement Department (LED) to assist in the security of the Hanjin shipbuilding facility here and help guarantee the safety of workers and properties therein.

The assistance is contained in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed recently by SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia and Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation (HHIC)–Philippines, Inc. representative Joong-Gyu Kin.

Garcia said the deployment of SBMA-LED personnel in the shipyard and its vicinity will improve police visibility in the area and deter unlawful activities.

Under RA 7227, otherwise known as the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, the security of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the maintenance of peace and order therein falls under the responsibility of the SBMA through its law enforcement unit.

Under the MOA, six uniformed and armed LED personnel will be detailed inside the shipbuilding facility owned and operated by HHIC-Phils., the biggest locator in the Freeport with US$2 billion in investments.

“Hanjin’s shipyard in Subic is located far from the Freeport’s Central Business District or local police stations. Putting up a LED detachment in the area will strengthen our efforts to maintain peace and order there,” Garcia added.

The Hanjin facility is located in the mountainous Redondo Peninsula, which is politically a part of Barangay Cawag in Subic, Zambales. It is about 20 minutes by boat across Subic Bay or some 30-minutes’ drive from the Freeport.

Garcia said that under the agreement, HHIC-Phils will also provide adequate and suitable quarters for the use of LED officers, communication equipment, and other provisions necessary for the conduct of patrol operations with the firm’s internal security group.

LED personnel will also help in enforcing laws, including traffic rules and regulations; arrest and investigate violators of laws, except violation of criminal laws which shall be coordinated with municipal police stations; and other appropriate security actions. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)