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Henry Empeño

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Henry E. Empeño took up A.B. Journalism at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, but plunged headlong into actual newspaper work without graduating from college.

Zambales posts record guest arrivals in 1st half

IBA, Zambales—The local tourism industry in Zambales is making a huge rebound with visitor arrivals in the first half of 2022 reaching a total of 520,291 in what could be part of the “revenge travel” phenomenon as travelers made up for lost vacations during the pandemic.

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of SBMA chief, 15 Olongapo LGU officials for alleged graft

OLONGAPO CITY—The Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Rolen Paulino Sr. and some officials of the Olongapo City local government after it found probable cause for alleged violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, as amended.

Ebdane backs excellence in maritime education

SAN NARCISO, Zambales—Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., who has declared education as one of his administration’s priorities, vowed full support for the development of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) as the country’s premier maritime school during graduation rites here on Thursday.

SBMA inaugurates ₧24.7-M fire station

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has inaugurated a P24.7-million fire station designed to modernize the operations of the agency’s corps of elite firefighters and further upgrade capacity for emergency response.

Nidec to expand operations in Subic

Subic Bay Freeport—Nidec Subic Philippines Corp., a Japanese firm manufacturing speed reducer gears for robotic applications, is set to undertake a P4-billion expansion program here in the next three years.

SBMA keeps Hanjin deal under wraps

Subic Bay Freeport—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is not divulging details of the impending takeover of the Hanjin shipyard here by American investment management company Cerberus Capital.

SBMA posts record income in January

Subic Bay Freeport—After capping 2021 with an 8-percent growth in revenue despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) posted an income of P387 million last January, the highest ever recorded by the Subic agency.

Back in the black

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The al fresco cafés and open-air restaurants that happily thrive here are symbolic of how the Subic Bay Freeport coped with the economic challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sidelined for a while when the entire Luzon was placed on lockdown in three instances in March to May 2020, these businesses soon rebounded to gain customers in the most difficult of times, and, in the months to come, become the most telling signs that Subic was successfully winning the war against the virus.

SBMA cited for best tourism practices during pandemic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—For its Covid-19 safety protocols that brought about a safe environment for “bubble” events in the Subic Bay Freeport in the past two years, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) placed among the top 12 finalists in the award for “Best in Tourism Practice During the Pandemic.”

Subic earns ₧65M from crew change

Subic Bay Freeport—The port of Subic grossed a total of P65.73 million in the 16 months that it has joined the government’s crew-change program that seeks to enable the safe and speedy travel of Filipino and foreign seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zambales borders tightened anew amid ‘Omicron’ surge

IBA, Zambales — The province of Zambales reimposed strict border controls on Tuesday following a new surge in Covid-19 infections and after the National Capital Region (NCR) reverted to Alert Level 3, which places further restrictions on travel between zones of different health safety levels.

Subic Bay Freeport racks up P16.67-B investments in 2021

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Despite the lingering Covid-19 pandemic that has caused a slowdown of the local economy, business started to pick up in the Subic Bay Freeport this year with more than a hundred new investor firms committing some P16.67 billion in investments from January to December.

OFW repatriation continues via Subic Airport

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT— Even as travel restrictions were imposed by some countries due to the emergence of the latest Covid-19 variant Omicron, the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will continue at the Subic airport here until the yearend, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) officials confirmed on Sunday.

Hundreds queue for jabs in Subic ‘Bakunahan’ project

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Taking advantage of a declared holiday for an intensive national vaccine rollout, hundreds of residents from communities around the Subic Bay Freeport queued from early morning at the Ayala Mall Harbor Point here in the first day of the government’s three-day “Bayanihan Bakunahan” vaccination program.

New Subic investments top ₧16.2 billion in Q3

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—New investment commitments approved by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in the third quarter of this year reached P16.2 billion, as Subic made a comeback as a preferred business destination following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions here.

Christmas displays lift Subic’s early Yuletide spirit

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—You really can’t take your eyes off that giant lighted pineapple display at the Subic Bay Yacht Club when you pass along Rizal Highway, Subic’s main stretch of malls and restaurants that takes you from the end of Tipo Road from Manila to Kalaklan Gate going to Zambales.

Red flags and border tests vs. Public Enemy No. 1

OLONGAPO CITY—Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. And in the fight against a resurgent Covid-19 virus, government officials in Zambales and this city are boosting their arsenal with anything from granular lockdowns and containment zones, entry restrictions and barangay checkpoints, enforced antigen testing at the border, and yes, red flags to mark areas with case spikes.

SBMA reminds Subic firms: Obey labor laws, or else…

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Taking the cudgels for workers, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said it has suspended the operation of a company here for various labor violations and warned that it will suspend other entities if they fail to comply with labor laws and other government regulations on workers’ wages and benefits.

Tailwind spoils first OFW flight to Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Strong tailwinds encountered by a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight over the Subic Bay Freeport had prevented the landing here on Monday of the first batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arriving under a government program to bring home workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beaches, parks, forest trails beckon as Subic OKs leisure travel for all ages

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The long wait for the chance to enjoy beaches, parks, forest trails and other tourism sites in the Subic Bay Freeport is finally over after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) allowed leisure travel here for persons of all ages—even for residents of the National Capital Region (NCR) and neighboring areas that just recently eased down to general community quarantine (GCQ).

SBMA operating revenue hits ₧820.8 million in Q1

Subic Bay Freeport—Buoyed by its core seaport operations, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) registered a total of P820.84 million in operating revenues in the first quarter, even as the agency’s other business units underperformed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 treatment facility opens in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A 500-bed facility for the treatment and monitoring of patients infected with Covid-19 was opened here on Wednesday to increase the country’s healthcare system, surge capacity and allow hospitals in Metro Manila to care for more patients with medium to severe symptoms.

SBMA allays fears over new Subic Covid-19 isolation facility

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT –Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma on Wednesday allayed fears by Subic Bay Freeport stakeholders that the government’s 500-bed Covid-19 isolation facility at the former Cubi Hospital complex here might expose more local residents and workers to the dreaded virus.

Covid-19 treatment facility opens in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A 500-bed facility for the treatment and monitoring of patients infected with Covid-19 was opened here on Wednesday to increase the country’s healthcare system, surge capacity and allow hospitals in Metro Manila to care for more patients with medium to severe symptoms.

SBMA allays fears over new Subic Covid-19 isolation facility

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT –Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma on Wednesday allayed fears by Subic Bay Freeport stakeholders that the government’s 500-bed Covid-19 isolation facility at the former Cubi Hospital complex here might expose more local residents and workers to the dreaded virus.