02 July 2013

SBMA recognizes 11 environment-friendly business locators

In line with the celebration of World Environmental Month, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recognized 11 top corporations in this free port that demonstrate sound environmental management practices.

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia personally awarded certificates of recognition to the environment-friendly business locators in a simple ceremony held at the SBMA board room recently.

Those that received the SBMA citation were electronic data processing equipment manufacturer Hitachi Terminal Mechatronics Phils. Corp.; HDD spindle-motor producer Nidec Subic Phils., Inc.; cooling fan and servomotors manufacturer Sanyo Denki Phils. Inc.; semi-conductor diodes manufacturer Phil. Inter-Electronics Corp.; aircraft repair and overhaul provider Honeywell CEASA Subic Bay Co., Inc.; high precision plastic molding maker Koryo Subic, Inc.; electronics parts and accessories manufacturer Ringsthree Inc.; Fang Chan; Hitachi Air Conditioning Products (Phils), Inc.; inkjet cartridge and printer producer Cresc Inc.; and utility operator Subic Water and Sewerage Co., Inc.

Garcia said that the awardees, which have also attained ISO 14001 Certification, were recommended for citation by the SBMA Ecology Center after rigorous evaluation of their activities and environmental management program.

ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized framework for Environmental Management Standard (EMS) which helps organizations both to manage better the impact of their activities on the environment and to demonstrate sound environmental management.

SBMA Ecology Center manager Angel Bagaloyos said the EMS is used by organizations worldwide to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and drive down costs.

He said this standard, which has been adopted by more than half of the 160 national members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is endorsed by governments around the world, integrates environmental dimension in business strategy “to restore the image of the industry due to common notion that industry is always associated with pollution.”

Meanwhile, Garcia lauded the companies who made it to the agency's environment-friendly list.

“You are the primary examples of locators we are looking for,” Garcia told company executives and ISO coordinators who attended the ceremony. “It is only proper to honor each of these 11 green companies, as they will serve as example to other locators in Subic to strive for the best towards the seemingly never-ending journey to quality.”

“It’s not enough to satisfy your customers, you have to delight them,” he added.

SBMA is very much active in the advocacy to preserve, protect and propagate the rich and lush environment in the Subic Bay Freeport. It provides assistance to indigenous tribal communities and fisher folks in and around the free port zone for their environmental protection projects; initiates beach and coastal clean-up drives, tree planting and other environment protection-related activities; and regulates the operation of business locators according to the Subic Bay Protected Area Management Plan.

The SBMA has also required retail stores, restaurants and groceries to use environment-friendly materials and banned the use of plastic and styrofoam packaging in the free port zone. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto V. Garcia (middle) pose with representatives of the top environment-friendly companies in the Subic Bay Freeport. With them are SBMA chief operating officer Joven Reyes (left), SBMA deputy administrator for regulatory Joy Alvarado (second from right), and SBMA Ecology Center manager Angel Bagaloyos (right).