29 December 2016

LOOK: Eisma named new SBMA administrator

LAWYER Wilma T. Eisma, a former executive of Philip Morris Phils. Manufacturing, Inc., has been appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as the new administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), replacing Roberto V. Garcia, who resigned as both chairman and administrator in October.

In a letter dated Dec. 21, Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea transmitted Ms. Eisma’s appointment letter to SBMA Chairman Martin D. Diño.

The appointment letter read: “By virtue hereof, you may qualify and enter upon the performance of the duties of the office, furnishing this Office and the Civil Service Commission with copies of your oath of office.”

In a separate letter dated Nov. 28, Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra clarified that Mr. Diño is not the SBMA administrator, only chairman of the board of directors.

Mr. Guevarra’s letter was in response to Mr. Diño’s letter on Nov. 21 informing the Office of the President that he has “assumed the functions of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman/Administrator pursuant to Republic Act No. 7227.”

“Please be advised that the designation of Atty. Randy B. Escolango as Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Administrator, SBMA, has not been revoked by the Office of the President and thus remains in full force and effect,” Mr. Guevarra said in reply to Mr. Diño.

The SBMA is in charge of the Subic Bay Freeport and Special Economic Zone located inside a former US naval base. (Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral, BusinessWorld)

Atty. Wilma Eisma's official appointment signed by President Duterte (as shared on facebook).