SENATOR RICHARD J. GORDON’S MESSAGE ON THE 29TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUBIC BAY METROPOLITAN AUTHORITY
As we celebrate today the 29th anniversary since the last US warship left Subic Bay, effectively turning over to the Filipinos the area we now know as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), I would like to congratulate and commemorate every volunteer who had tirelessly worked their tails off in order to help transform a devastated area caused by tons of ashfall from the Mt. Pinatubo eruption into a vibrant freeport that has served as inspiration to the reemergence of the Philippines.
Because of your efforts to secure and improve the infrastructure left there, it served as a catalyst to attract foreign investors, them pumping in over US$3 billion worth of investments, leading to the creation of over 200,000 jobs during our six years with the SBMA.
Up until now, the fruits of our labor are still being reaped as the SBMA remains a major source of revenue to our struggling economy devastated by the pandemic.
This pandemic has served as a reminder to be selfless and be passionate in order to push for the greater good.
Your sacrifices then are being remembered today as thousands of healthcare workers toil night and day to help put an end to this invisible enemy.
Let us always imbibe the spirit of volunteerism for our desire to effect positive change starts with a selfless mindset that is reimagined everyday to help keep us moving forward.
With the help of a new generation of volunteers, we can help pave the way for a Faster and Stronger Philippines!