17 December 2016

SBMA Board of Directors first meeting under Duterte Administration set

The Board of Directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is set to convene ahead of the holidays to take action on the growing number of business transactions that needed to be reviewed by the body.

The board meeting, the first since the start of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, will be led by Chairman Martin Diño, with OIC, Office of the Administrator Randy Escolango as vice-chair.

Expected to attend the meeting are the new appointees to the SBMA Board, Benny Antiporda and Stefani Saño, as well as directors who are on a holdover capacity: Joven Reyes, Alfonso SP Siapno, Benjamin Antonio III, Cynthia Paulino, Ramon Diez Sesdoryo, Gerald Sam Del Rosario, Raul Marcelo and Philip Camara.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra has also been invited to the meeting as an observer from the Office of the President to the SBMA Board of Directors.

The SBMA Board of Directors has not met since outgoing SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia turned over the helm of the agency to now SBMA Chairman Diño on October 3.

Escolango said that he sees the urgency to convene the SBMA Board due to numerous pending matters that require immediate attention and action of the Board.

Escolango said the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC), in response to his letter seeking clarification over the status of the agency's Board, clarified that SBMA can convene its Board of Directors, whose members with terms that have expired may continue to perform in hold-over capacity.

“SBMA directors whose term expired and/or resignations are not yet acted upon or their successors have yet to be appointed, may continue in office in hold-over capacity,” Deputy Government Corporate Counsel Elpidio Vega said in Opinion 193 Series of 2016 released by the OGCC recently.

In the said opinion, the OGCC also clarified that while Diño is chairman of the SBMA Board, Escolango as OIC administrator is also the OIC vice-chair of the SBMA Board.

"Atty. Escolango’s designation as OIC Administrator automatically carries with it his assumption as OIC Vice Chairman of the SBMA Board under EO 340 series of 2004,” Vega said.

Vega, also noted that the OIC administrator by virtue of his office shall be the OIC Vice Chairman of the SBMA Board of Directors and he is expected to discharge and to function as SBMA’s OIC Administrator and Vice Chairman.

Earlier, the Office of the President reaffirmed the designation of Atty. Escolango as OIC-Administrator of SBMA last October 19, while Diño as Chairman of the SBMA Board of Directors. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)