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Hospital inside Subic Bay Freeport treating coronavirus case

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Zambales health officials confirm that the patient confined in Baypointe Hospital, a 70-year-old Filipino-American, is the province's second COVID-19 case

COVID-19 CASE. File photo of the Baypointe Hospital inside the Subic Freeport. Photo from www.unihealthbaypointe.com

Clark, Subic free ports shut doors to foreign, local tourists

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Both Clark and Subic order business process outsourcing companies to provide temporary housing for their staff inside the free ports during the lockdown

SBMA starts coronavirus disinfection protocol

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:11 PM

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma also urged business locators and other Subic stakeholders to disinfect their facilities and buildings amid the rising coronavirus cases in the Philippines

Disinfection is also undertaken in public areas like the Subic Bay Freeport main gate. Photo courtesy of SBMA Media Production Department

Environment group lauds VFA termination, cites toxic waste U.S. troops left behind

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Ending the key military pact with the US is the first step towards exacting justice for thousands of Filipinos whose health suffered because of the hazardous waste the US military left behind in its former bases, says Kalikasan

ENVIRONMENT HAZARD. The activist group Kalikasan lauds the termination of the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, which allowed for military exercises that were an environment hazard, the group says. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH Navy wants harbor in Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:39 PM

None of the Navy's current harbors are deep enough for its new warships, and Hanjin shipyard has the right depth and an ideal location, says Navy chief Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo

IDEAL NAVAL BASE? The Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation-Philippines facility in Subic Freeport. File photo from the HHIC-Phil website

This is why a cruise ship from China couldn't dock in Subic

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Local officials and people's organizations put the pressure on the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to temporarily stop accepting cruise ships amid the novel coronavirus scare

PROTEST. Residents and local leaders ask the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to temporarily ban the arrival of cruise ships in Subic. All photos from Randy Datu/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gold and grit at SEA Games 2019 triathlon, duathlon

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Here are some snapshots from the triathlon and duathlon events of SEA Games' Subic cluster

Subic stakeholders urge DENR to review SBMA environmental regulations

Nov 30, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We also ask for a review of all projects within the past 10 to 15 years that have already destroyed hectares of wetlands, mangroves and forests, in the name of development,' says Save Subic Bay Coalition spokesperson El Latinazo, after a protected area in the freeport was cleared for a shooting range

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:21 PM

SBMA says the contractor, CFV ARAR Contractors, has been issued a violation notice for the 'extensive clearing and grubbing operations in the area without appropriate environmental permit'

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

Does SEA Games construction in Subic have environmental permit?

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The venue in the West Ilanin forest – an environmentally-protected area – is supposed to be used for the shooting competition of the SEA Games, even if there is an existing firing range just a kilometer away

SANCTIONED. Contractors undertake major works as of November 27, 2019, to prepare a venue for the shooting event of the SEA Games in a protected area within the Subic Freeport Zone without environmental clearances or permits. The Games will officially open on November 30. All photos by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Subic ready for SEA Games, says SBMA administrator

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A total of eight venues were prepared for the 17 games to be held at the Subic Bay Freeport

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Court orders SBMA to issue permit to operate to locator in contempt case

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Brighterday Subic Ltd. Inc, operator of All Hands Beach, is the latest locator to file a complaint against SBMA over policies that are allegedly inimical to locators in the free port

SBMA photo from Wikipedia

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

160 Vietnamese fishermen stranded in Subic Bay due to bad weather

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The Vietnamese embassy in Manila has asked the government to assist the fishermen

Photo courtesy of Batang 'Gapo FB

SBMA takes over undeveloped property of Ocean Adventure

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. President and CEO Robert Gonzaga says the takeover by the SBMA is 'the beginning of their attempt to shut us down if we don't give in to their unreasonable demands'

UNDER SBMA CONTROL. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority repossesses the undeveloped areas of Ocean Adventure's parent company today. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Port of Subic exceeds 2019 collection target by P2.2 billion

Oct 27, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The success comes despite the Philippines halting the importation of meat products from countries where pigs have caught the African Swine Fever

EXCESS. The Port of Subic rakes in income beyond its target revenue for 2019. Photo from SBMA website

Ocean Adventure operator challenges foreclosure

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

'We have been forced to take SBMA to court since they are clearly unwilling to deal with us in good faith,' says SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

LIST: NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex preparations for Undas 2019

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The preparations include more toll collection points, suspension of roadwork, and free services for motorists

MORE TOLL BOOTHS. NLEX Corporation will add portable toll booths to manage traffic. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Port of Subic recognizes top 20 'revenue contributors'

Oct 19, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Customs inside the Subic Bay Freeport breaches collection targets, thanks companies which contributed to this achievement

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PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

Ocean Adventure operator: SBMA move vs lease to have 'chilling effect'

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:25 AM

SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga says the SBMA's decision to preterminate its lease is 'extremely unfair...to the point of recklessness'

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

SBMA to foreclose Ocean Adventure Park

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Incorporated commits numerous violations and has arrears of about P25 million on its payment scheme and P7 million on its current billing

Military drill showcases PH’s first amphibious assault vehicles

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The capability to launch an attack from the sea straight into land is basic and essential for militaries of coastal states, and the Philippines is now catching up with the acquisition of brand new amphibious assault vehicles

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) debuted 4 of its 8 brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during its DAGIT-PA joint drills in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21. Photo by Rox Cezar, AFP Public Affairs Office

Ombudsman clears 5 SBMA officials of charges filed by ex-SBMA chair Diño

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:58 PM

In dismissing the case, the Ombudsman says the SBMA officials 'acted only in accordance with the law'

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Notorious hotel thief nabbed in Subic Bay Freeport

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Authorities say Daniel Mercado's scheme is to pose as a participant in conventions so he could steal laptops and other items from delegates

ARRESTED. Law enforcers arrest Daniel Mercado alias Danny Simbol inside the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales. Photo courtesy of SBMA Law Enforcement Department

Subic Bay Freeport security arrest Chinese for carnapping

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The suspect forcibly takes a Starex van and drives it inside the Subic Bay Freeport

LUCKY GUY. Carnapping suspect Bin Zhang in the custody of the SBMA Law Enforcement Department. Photo by: LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPT. SBMA

Hanjin seen to get new investor by end of 2019

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:57 AM

A consortium of private US equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and Australian shipbuilder Austal informs SBMA and Hanjin creditors of its intention to take over the beleaguered shipyard

Hieronymus Ukkel / Shutterstock.com HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2017: Shipping containers of the South Korean container transport company HANJIN that was declared bankrupt by South Korean courts on February 17, 2017

De Lima to Duterte: Scrap deals with Chinese firms in key PH islands

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Senator Leila de Lima cites 'claims from no less than our top military officials that Chinese presence in these strategic border islands would pose, if not guarantee, security risks to our country'

CHIQUITA ISLAND. File photo from Wikipedia

Philippine military warns on Chinese investment in key islands

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the islands to foreign entities

CHIQUITA ISLAND. Military spokesman Brigadier-General Edgard Arevalo says the government should study the security implications of handing over the 3 islands to foreign entities. File photo from Wikipedia

Subic cops arrest Australian suspected of killing partner

Jul 24, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Police say the case was first reported as a suicide. But the autopsy showed that the victim was already dead even before the supposed suicide.

Zambales town opposes planned AFP Subic Naval Reservation

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The proposed 300-million-square-meter development will leave only 30% of San Antonio's land area, and will disrupt the town's tourism industry

OPPOSITION. Mayor Estela Deloso Antipolo says the development will leave San Antonio as one of the smallest towns in the Philippines. Photo from San Antonio FB

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

Increased toll for SCTEX to start June 14

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:20 PM

An additional P0.51 per kilometer will be collected

SCTEX. The Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway is a 4-lane divided expressway traversing the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac. Photo from SCTEX website.

Meat possibly contaminated with African swine fever seized in Subic Bay

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:53 PM

SBMA prevents entry of shipment labelled as 'food items' from Guangzhou, China

Canada starts removing garbage from Subic port

May 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities are expecting that the transfer of the 69 container vans to MV Bavaria will be completed by Friday morning, May 31

MV BAVARIA. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads 'Philippines is not a dumpsite' during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

67 container vans of Canada garbage remain in Subic port

May 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says the cargo forwarder that will transport the containers back to Canada is still evaluating the containers

Customs seizes P60M worth of smuggled sugar, firecrackers in Subic port

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Customs officials say the 34 containers were misdeclared to contain floor mats and plastic covering

Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and District Collector Maritess Martin show some of the smuggled goods confiscated at the Port of Subic on April 26, 2019. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

TRB says SCTEX, MCX to hike rates in Q2 2019

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:21 PM

New toll rates for the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway will go up by about 16% per kilometer, while the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway toll will increase by 1.9%

LOOK: MacroAsia, PTC Holdings aviation school opens in Subic

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Courses will commence in April at the First Aviation Academy, which seeks to address the increasing demand for commercial pilots around the world

NEW FLIGHT SCHOOL. Philippine Airlines President and CEO Jaime Bautista leads the champagne pouring on the brand new Tecnam planes that will be used by First Aviation Academy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Sibling rivalry: Brother tagged as ‘mastermind’ in Sytin slay

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'This high-profile murder of Dominic Lim Sytin was apparently motivated by rivalry among corporate siblings, and carried out through a gun-for-hire,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

MASTERMIND? The PNP says Dennis Sytin had a business quarrel with his older brother before the killing. PNP screenshot

Suspect in businessman Sytin slay arrested

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Suspected gunman Edgardo Luib is arrested in Santo Tomas, Batangas on Tuesday, March 5

SUSPECT ARRESTED. File photo of Dominic Sytin, president and founder of United Auctioneers, who was killed outside a hotel in Subic Bay Freeport on November 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of KC Facebook Page

Hanjin workers mark 5th day of protest amid tight security

Mar 05, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The protest has prompted authorities to secure a Hanjin gate that the workers have been picketing at since March 1

100 Hanjin workers locked out of Subic shipyard

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The remaining workers who refused the cash-strapped Korean company's voluntary retrenchment package say they are barred from entering the shipyard

LOCKED OUT. File photo of Hanjin containers stacked up at a cargo terminal of Hanjin Shipping in Busan, South Korea.. Photo by YONHAP / AFP

Ex-barangay official ambushed in Subic

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Bernard Madamba is fired at by two unidentified men while he was driving his tricycle

SOCO. Member of the Subic police SOCO, look for evidence at the site where ex-barangay kagawad Bernard Madamba. Sourced photo

Gov't to hold job fair for Hanjin workers in Subic

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government says at least 1,000 jobs will be available for workers who were displaced due to Hanjin's bankruptcy

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

Japanese firm launches new line of robotic parts in Subic Freeport

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The Subic-made products of Nidec-Shimpo Corporation will be exported to Spain, the United States, and Germany

SUBIC-MADE. Senator Richard Gordon and SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma and other guests, views precision products manufactured by Nidec-Shimpo during the opening of the company'€™s manufacturing plant at the Subic Freeport in Zambales on January 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of SBMA

Cops arrest British, partner in Subic buy-bust operation

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:24 PM

A team of PDEA operatives and Zambales cops discover over 70 potted marijuana plants being cultivated in the bedrooms of the rented house

POTTED MARIJUANA. Anti-drug agents and cop find over 70 marijuana plants inside the rented home of Simon Stuart Mclaren Watson in Subic, Zambales, on January 11, 2019. Photo from PDEA

Subic port collects P22B, breaching target before 2018 ends

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:20 PM

District collector and lawyer Rhea Gregorio credits this to the 'strict implementation of customs laws and rules and regulations'

2 Subic town councilors survive ambush

Dec 18, 2018 - 12:18 AM

Suspects riding a red vehicle fire at the SUV of Elizaldy Rocafor and Roberto Delgado along the highway in San Narciso, Zambales