Bongbong: Do more business in Subic
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.