Manila Bulletin

Bong­bong: Do more busi­ness in Su­bic

- By JONAS REYES Business · Subic · Freeport · Olongapo · Zambales · Grace Poe

SU­BIC BAY FREEPORT — While the third force in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race launched the bid of Sen­a­tor Grace Poe-Lla­man­zares the other day, many eyes were on Sen­a­tor Fer­di­nand “Bong­bong” R. Mar­cos Jr. yesterday as he took to the podium to speak be­fore the Su­bic Bay Freeport Cham­ber of Com­merce (SBFCC), here.

But Mar­cos did not pull off any sur­prises and, in­stead, kept his bear­ing as he ex­horted the busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion to achieve more for Su­bic and the eco­nomic growth area that is Cen­tral Luzon.

“As the uni­fied and unan­i­mous voice of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in Su­bic, the SBFCC can be that pri­mary and in­de­fati­ga­ble pro­moter of the Su­bic Bay Freeport, while at the same time re­main­ing loyal to its mem­bers and guar­an­tee­ing that their in­ter­ests are pro­tected,” said the sen­ato at the SBFCC’s Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship Meet­ing at the Su­bic Bay Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Mar­cos said that with the help of busi­nesses here, spear­headed by the SBFCC, this premier Freeport can achieve more “if only gov­ern­ment is able to but­tress it by con­sis­tently align­ing its pro­grams and poli­cies with those of the ef­forts of the pri­vate sec­tor in try­ing to cre­ate the fa­vor­able mar­ket con­di­tions in the hope of en­tic­ing and at­tract­ing good and prof­itable busi­ness?”

As the guest of honor and speaker at the event, Mar­cos was wel­comed by Su­bic Bay Metropoli­tan Au­thor­ity (SBMA) Chair­man Roberto Gar­cia Jr., SBFCC Pres­i­dent Rose Baldeo, Olon­gapo Mayor Rolen Paulino, Zam­bales Ad­min­is­tra­tor Omar Eb­dane, SBFCC of­fi­cials, SBMA of­fi­cials and col­lege stu­dents in­side the Freeport.

“Su­bic Bay Freeport is get­ting more and more ef­fi­cient and com­pet­i­tive each pass­ing year, mean­ing to say that they are start­ing to at­tract more and more busi­ness,” he said. “At the rate that the Su­bic port is go­ing, its 2015 tar­get of 20 per­cent uti­liza­tion is def­i­nitely not far-fetched and is very much achiev­able,” he added.

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BONG­BONG IN SU­BIC — Sen­a­tor Fer­di­nand ‘Bong­bong’ R. Mar­cos Jr. talks about the im­por­tance of the role of lo­ca­tors boost­ing the per­for­mance of Su­bic Bay Freeport Zone at the SBFCC Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship Meet­ing at the Su­bic Bay Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion...

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