14 November 2015

LOOK: Prepping for Subic Volunteers Day

Filipino ground maintenance workers clean-up the Volunteers Park in Subic Bay Freeport in preparation for commemoration of the US military bases pull-out on November 24.

The park is dedicated to Subic volunteers, mostly women from near-by Olongapo City and Zambales province, who took the initiative to protect the military base from looters after the American withdrawal due to Mt. Pinatubo devastation and rejection of the Philippine Senate on the continuation of the bases treaty.

The Subic volunteers were also instrumental during the Philippine hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in 1996 as they act as human barriers against militant groups trying to stage protests in Subic. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)