SBMA places Subic Freeport on security alert

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has placed the entire Subic Bay Freeport Zone on heightened security alert to protect workers, business locators and residents and to ensure an atmosphere of safety in the area.

SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma said the security alert has been implemented “only as a precautionary measure to ensure everyone’s safety.”

With this, she said the SBMA has placed members of its SWAT Team at the Freeport gates, and augmented by personnel from the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF).

“At this stage, and taking into consideration what has been happening in certain parts of the country in recent days, we have to make certain that Subic remains safe as there is a large concentration of people here, including a lot of foreigners,” Eisma explained.

“We cannot err on the side of caution. We now have SWAT and SAF teams, but mainly to show everyone that we are ready for any eventuality. These officers are there to ensure public safety,” she added.

At the same time Eisma asked public cooperation in the enforcement of stricter security measures.

She also called on all stakeholders in the Subic Bay area to be vigilant and to help Subic authorities ensure a peaceful atmosphere that is conducive to business.

“Subic is our home, so let us help one another in keeping it safe for everyone. As always, we need your malasakit so that we may continue to make Subic a better place for everybody,” Eisma also said. — MHIKE CIGARAL