07 May 2015

SBMA names airport engineer Employee of the Year

An engineer in the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) was named 2014 Employee of the Year during the awarding ceremony held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC) on Thursday.

Engr. Aldrin Sadang, supervising airways communicator, who was also named Employee of the Year for the Aviation and Maritime Operations Group of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), emerged as the best candidate among the six finalists in this year’s search for the agency’s outstanding employees.

“I should admit that I was a bit stunned when I learned about my nomination. Immediately, I can only utter ‘Thank you, Lord’ because being nominated in a prestigious search like this is a big thing,” Sadang said during his acceptance speech.

“I am pleased to have received this award. To everyone, especially to our Chairman Roberto V. Garcia and the members of the Personnel Selection Board, thank you for your choice and for your trust in me. I will continue to do my best to justify your trust and contribute productively to SBIA and to SBMA as a whole,” he added.

Sadang, who has been working in SBIA since 1995, helped the agency in saving a hefty P41 million by restoring the 19-year old airport’s weather observation system (AWOS).

The MILOS 500 and MIDAS 600 environmental data collection system of the AWOS was declared “beyond economical repair and due for replacement” by its supplier, but was restored to usefulness because of Sadang’s ingenuity and persistence.

The other five finalists in the search for the SBMA Employee of the Year were: standards supervisor Czarina Fragata, planning officer Jaime Menor Jr., roads and bridges supervisor Engr. Edgar Reyes, head administrative officer Lourdes Edejer, and accounting specialist Regina Gloria. They were also named Employees of the Year for their respective strategic business units.

Fragata, representing the Business and Investment Group, was nominated for her effort in the implementation of the Environment and Tourism Administrative Fees (ETAF). The ETAF helped boost the agency’s revenue generation.

Menor of the Chairman and Administrator’s Group was instrumental in the agency’s qualification with the Performance-based Bonus (PBB) that employees benefitted from. He has also been constantly helping other departments with his technical skills in computer database and statistics.

Reyes, who represented the Public Services Group, was responsible for generating savings worth P484,100 for the first quarter of 2014 alone from initiatives like traffic signage fabrication, recycling of traffic barrier, and edge marking and line canal.

Edejer, of the Regulatory Group, serves as the head administrative officer for the Ecology Center and has provided clerical assistance during project implementations by her department. Ecology Center was one of the agency’s top performing departments in 2014.

Gloria, from the Support Services Group, facilitated the payment of reconciled accounts of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the National Power Corporation (NPC) amounting to almost P29 million.

SBMA Director Benjamin Antonio III lauded the all finalists, as well as the Employees of the Quarter on behalf of Chairman Roberto Garcia.

“It’s tough to work for an agency like the SBMA. We all know that SBMA is not your typical government agency whose concern is as vast as SBMA’s. We have an airport, we have a seaport; we take care of investors, we take care of our own infrastructure, and we don’t get subsidy from the national government, yet we even give back to the national government,” Antonio said.

“So working in SBMA is complex. Working in SBMA entails a certain type of persistence,” he added, stressing the dedication of the outstanding employees.

Now on its ninth year, the search for the SBMA Employee of the Year is a project of the SBMA Human Resources Management Department, in line with the Civil Service Commission’s PRAISE program, which is aimed at recognizing and rewarding exemplary services rendered by employees. (RFD/MPD-SBMA)


[1] Engr. Aldrin Sadang of the SBMA Aviation and Maritime Operations Group receives his trophy from Atty. Ramon Agregado, SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator for Support Services, while SBMA Director Benjamin Antonio III watches, after Sadang bested other finalists during the search for the 2014 Employee of the Year held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

[2] Engr. Aldrin Sadang of the SBMA Aviation and Maritime Operations Group shows his 2014 Employee of the Year trophy during the awarding ceremony for the search for the SBMA 2014 Employee of the Year held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)