10 outstanding Subic Freeport workers named

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Workers Development Foundation (SBWDF) recently recognized 10 outstanding workers in the Subic Bay Freeport, who are touted to be exemplars of the 135,000-strong labor force in this premier economic zone today.

The winners who were chosen by judges based on excellent customer service (15%), excellent project performance (20%), personal dedication to the company (20%), commitment to Freeport culture, social spirit and strategic directions (15%), innovation (15%), and exceptional leadership (15%), were named during the awarding ceremony for the 18th Search for Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers at Harbor Point Ayala Mall here on Nov. 21.

The winners are: Marielle Bataoil, an employee of PA Support Subic Ltd.-Playasia.com; Danette Ysabelle Mambing (Subic Water and Sewerage Co. Inc.); Danilo Nazareno (Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corp.); Jean Ednilag (Koryo Subic, Inc.); Charlyn Joie Torren (Lighthouse Marina Resorts); Arturo Terrobias, Jr. (Asia International Auctioneers, Inc.); April Velarde (PTT Phils. Corp.); Judea Dela Cruz (Wistron InfoComm Phils. Corp.); Wennie Nadi Catungal (Subic Water and Sewerage Co. Inc.); and Ryan Hipolito (Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corp.).

Reynante Lugtu, chief of the Labor Employment Office of the Department of Labor and Employment in  Olongapo City, extolled the winners for their focus in making the Subic Freeport the best investment site in the world.

“This is an opportune time to show the world that here in Subic, we have the best workers, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world,” Lugtu said in his message during the awarding ceremony.

He also encouraged employers to promote partnerships between the management and the workers, and to establish a family atmosphere inside their workplaces.

Meanwhile, lawyer Ruel John Kabigting, who is Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Deputy Administrator for Administration, praised the legacy of former SBMA Labor Department head Severo Pastor Jr., who was the founding chairman of the SBWDF.

“He implemented many programs that celebrated and recognized those who have excelled in their companies while continuing to thrive in their obligation to the community,” Kabigting said of Pastor who passed away last month.

Meanwhile, some of the winners gave their advice to fellow workers on how to excel in their respective jobs. Arturo Terrobias, Jr. of Asia International Auctioneers, Inc., urged those who were unable to finish their college education not to lose hope, but instead to give their best for the company that gives them the opportunity to earn a living.

“We need to be loyal to our company, give our passion to what we do, and take good care of the trust they given us as workers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Marielle Bataoil of PA Support Subic Ltd. advised her co-workers not to be contented of their current capability, and exert more effort to learn and train for new ideas and skills to better serve their companies.

“We should do what is best for our company so that our work will produce the best output,” she said.

The annual search for outstanding workers in the Subic Bay Freeport aimed to reward worker excellence, commitment, innovativeness and service. The competition is open to all workers in the Subic Bay Freeport, as nominated by their respective companies, organizations or peers. (