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LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The goodwill visit of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four at Subic Bay will be until September 5

Photo from Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy

SBMA eyes collection of P144.8-M past-due accounts

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says more than 30 investor-companies have cooperated to settle long-due obligations, negotiating payment arrangements approved by the board

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. Photo courtesy of SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma

SBMA's cigarette butt campaign goes viral

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority's local campaign to buy dry cigarette butts for P300 per kilo has caught national and international attention

HEAVIEST BUTT CAMPAIGN. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Ecology Center's Heaviest Butt Campaign has gone viral. Photo from SBMA Ecology Center's Facebook page

Martin Diño appointed DILG undersecretary

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Former SBMA chairman Martin Diño is the latest official to join the Department of the Interior and Local Government

SBMA shuts down college over unpaid rent

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Comteq Computer and Business College or Comteq, located in the Subic Bay Free Port, allegedly has rental obligations amounting to P17 million

CLOSED. The SBMA says Comteq Computer and Business College has been operating without any valid lease agreement nor business registration with the SBMA. Photo from Comteq Facebook page

Duterte says he sacked Diño to make SBMA 'cohesive'

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says 'it was not really the fault' of Martin Diño, one of his staunchest allies

SBMA MATTERS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he sacked Martin Diño as SBMA chair to make the office 'cohesive.' Malacañang file photo

Malacañang denies Duterte named Martin Diño to DILG

Sep 27, 2017 - 6:14 PM

This comes after sacked SBMA chair Martin Diño earlier said he has accepted Malacañang's offer to serve as DILG undersecretary for barangay affairs

DUTERTE 'PLACEHOLDER.' Duterte ally Martin Diño is widely seen as then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte's 'placeholder' in the 2016 presidential elections.  Screen grab from Rappler file video

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ex-SBMA chair Diño says he's now DILG usec for barangay affairs

Sep 27, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Martin Diño is disappointed, however, because he says he was not properly notified of his removal from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

LP links? Former SBMA chairman Martin Diño links his removal from SBMA to the Liberal Party. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte's pick for new SBMA chief is Gordon's 'protégé'

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon admits he recommend the appointment of his former executive assistant and legal staff member to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)

Photo from SBMA Director Benny Antiporda's Facebook

Duterte names new SBMA chair to replace Martin Diño

Sep 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Newly appointed SBMA chairperson Wilma Eisma replaces the President's ally Martin Diño

SBMA proposes P100-B expressway-railway from Manila to Subic

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The SBMA chief wants the financing of the proposed multi modal coastal highway to be under the Philippine China Framework of Cooperation

MULTI-MODAL. According to Diño, the proposed multi-modal 100-kilometer (km) coastal highway has already gained support from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. Rappler file photo

Palace affirms Escolango post as SBMA administrator

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:49 PM

More importantly under Section 13 d of Republic Act No 7227 the Administrator of the SBMA shall be appointed by the President and no other Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menandro Guevarra says

RANDY ESCOLANGO. Randy Escolango speaks at an event. File photo by Randy Datu.

SBMA has new chairman

Sep 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED Outgoing Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Roberto Garcia formally turns over the SBMA flag to Martin Diño President Duterte s appointee

SBMA ends 2015 with 10-fold surge in spending budget

Jan 21, 2016 - 5:51 PM

The SBMA chairman says previous shortage of funds had led to embarrassing situations

MAJOR RENOVATION. SBMA funds the renovation of Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center to prepare for events like Ad Summit 2016. Image from Destination Subic Bay Facebook page

Lookback: When a former US base hosted the 1996 APEC summit

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:16 PM

1996 was the first time the Philippines hosted the APEC summit and it was a golden opportunity for the government to flaunt the potential of a US military base turned industry hub

PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS. Each of the 21 villas used for the 1996 APEC in Subic are now in the hands of private owners. Rappler photo

USNS Mercy welcomed by local officials in Subic Bay

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Participants on USNS Mercy and on the ground include personnel from the United States Australia South Korea Malaysia Japan and New Zealand

USNS MERCY. Photo by Randy V. Datu

Part 2: Glicerio Santos Jr's clout and control in the INC

Jul 31, 2015 - 5:14 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] With only a few exceptions the personalities behind the US branches of the FYM foundation are basically the same: Glicerio Jr Glicerio III and Glicerio IV

Curfew, nightclub ban on US troops killing businesses in Olongapo, Subic

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Some establishments have already closed while others are just struggling to survive right now according to business owners

SBMA dismisses 3 execs in controversial port deal

Apr 26, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approves a 32 page joint resolution recommending the filing of charges against the current and former SBMA officials

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Looting of historical shipwreck in Subic probed

Mar 29, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Police have filed charges against 5 men caught carrying salvage of vessels from the site of perhaps the largest number of sunken ships since World War II

Subic offers its ports as alternative to Manila

Mar 02, 2014 - 8:32 PM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Roberto Garcia wants to transform the freeport zone into one of Asia s major logistics hub

BANNED. Manila traffic enforcers tow a truck on the first day of the city's daytime truck ban. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

The SBMA Fire and Rescue team: A model for the country

Dec 19, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Find out why they are the Philippines best disaster response team

VIDEO: SBMA fire and rescue team on saving lives

Dec 19, 2013 - 9:45 PM

One of the best rescue groups in the country talks about the business of saving lives

SBMA expands to Zambales

Dec 03, 2013 - 6:27 PM

The local government of San Antonio Zambales turns over some 10 000 hectares to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

TURNOVER. San Antonio, Zambales town Mayor Estela D. Antipolo (left) hands over to SBMA Chairman Roberto V. Garcia a copy of a resolution declaring a portion of the town's southern coastal tip as an eco-tourism zone. The area is being eyed for development by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) under its expansion program. Also in photo are Vice-Mayor Lugil Ragadio and SBMA Deputy Administrator for Legal Affairs Atty. Randy B. Escolango (extreme left). Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Subic gets tsunami warning system

Oct 30, 2013 - 6:27 PM

The Tsunami Early Warning System TeWS forms part of a string of early warning systems installed in selected high risk coastal communities

ADVANCE WARNING SYSTEM. Members of Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the SBMA Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee install the Tsumami Early Warning System – Subic Bay Detection Station at Sueste Point in Redondo Peninsula. Photo by Randy Datu

P74.5-M revenue share for LGUs around Subic freeport

Jul 25, 2013 - 2:24 PM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority SBMA is set to release a total of P74 5 million worth of checks to the surrounding communities

File photo from SBMA's official website

P20-B tourism complex to rise in Subic Bay Freeport

Jun 17, 2013 - 4:04 PM

The complex will feature hotels condominiums a theme park pool villas and casino and gaming operations

WORLD-CLASS. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) signs a contract with Korean-owned Resom Resorts Phils. to develop a P20-billion tourism resort complex. Photo from SBMA's official website

LGUs oppose SBMA on coal plant project

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:02 AM

Local government units and residents in and around the Subic Freeport Zone continues to oppose a coal plant project supported by top Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority officials

NO TO COAL. Residents of the Subic Freeport Zone hold tarpaulins protesting the coal plant project. Photo from 'No to coal plant in Subic Bay's' Facebook

No major investments in Subic Freeport since 2011

Mar 24, 2013 - 4:56 PM

Total committed investments in the Freeport in fact fell 93 in 2012 from the previous year

The Subic Bay Freeport is one of the most progressive and most developed ports the country has to offer. RAPPLER/John Javellana

Glenn Defense: SBMA suspension doesn't cover all our functions

Nov 24, 2012 - 2:41 PM

Glenn Defense Marine Asia will continue to operate and perform its other functions even after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority SBMA has temporarily suspended them for illegal dumping of ship sewage in Philippine waters

No VFA for us, says contractor accused of polluting Subic Bay

Nov 12, 2012 - 9:23 PM

Glenn Defense Marine Asia claims to be a responsible corporation that observes international standards on releasing waste

VFA DOES NOT APPLY to us, says Glenn Defense Marine Asia CEO Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Senators to SBMA: No excuse for rice smuggling

Aug 01, 2012 - 4:27 PM

Senators believe SBMA officials colluded with an Indian rice exporter and a local consignee to smuggle rice