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Monday, February 27, 2006

SBMA, PMMA sign $215-M joint venture to modernize Zambales port

by Recto Mangosing Adamos

The authorities of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, (PMMA) in San Narciso, Zambales recently forged joint venture to modernize port at the rate of $215 million.

Thirty cadet midshipmen of PMMA have been operating modern vessels to protect the ecology and attained sustainable growth within the zone, according to SBMA Chairman Feliciano G. Salonga.

On the other hand PMMA president RAdm Fidel Dinoso, provided comprehensive training and technical assistance to SBMA personnel to qualify as ship crews.

"Maritime industry contribute in our economy", Salonga said. He noted that Subic will provide opportunities to upgrade standards among Filipino seafarers.

PMMA has joined Japanese ship operation experts to teach SBMA personnel as part of techno transfer being sourced from Japanese Bank of International Cooperation (JICA).

Freeport residents, investors, as well as neighboring communities were assured by the SBMA that the operations of new port facilities will even be safer and friendlier to the environ. (PIA Zambales)


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