Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Iba, Zambales. Members of Task Force on Hanjin resigned yesterday afternoon personally to Zambales Governor Amor D. Deloso.

The said task force headed by former Zambales Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain II was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 1-07 signed by Governor Deloso on July 16, 2007.

Aside from Lacbain, those who signed the resignation letter were vice chairman Atty. Carlos Castillo, Jr., Andres Sazon, Belen Figueras, Engr. Dave Maceda, Mario Llenares, Mark Figueras and Divina Castillo.

Former Subic Councilor Ruben Gaduang did not sign the resignation letter while Geronimo Ramos Jr. resigned to Chairman Lacbain three months ago.

“We believe that after one year since you created the task force on Hanjin under your office that there is a need to mobilize the people from various sectors either individually or through civil society organizations so that they will be involved in finding and acting on solutions to various issues and concerns affecting their families, their livelihood, their basic human rights and their environment brought about by the Hanjin shipbuilding project” according to their resignation letter.

Lacbain clarified that although they resigned but they will continue their advocacies, programs and projects for the good of the people of Zambales and Olongapo City through the People’s Task Force on Hanjin & Subic Bay Inc. which is a newly registered non-stock and non-profit corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“The power of this new task force shall come from the people and it shall oversee not only Hanjin but the entire Subic Bay which we believe also needs the attention and monitoring of the people most especially with the influx of so many investors to the detriment of the environment and the people”, according to Lacbain who is also the chairman of the board of this new task force.

Among the members of the board of trustees of this new task force include vice chairman Atty. Carlos Castillo, Jr.; secretary Myrna Matira; treasurer Jewin Rivera; auditor Edgar Picache; pro Andres Sazon; legal counsel Olongapo City councilor John Carlos delos Reyes; and directors Alex Hermoso, Dr. Adorable Castor, Aurora Flores and Wifredo Borcena.

The task force aims to recruit about 5,000 individual members and build alliances with various socio-civic and civil society organizations within the city of Olongapo , the towns of Zambales including the towns of Morong and Hermosa in Bataan which are both part of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Among the many issues which the people’s task force would like the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Hanjin corporation to address immediately include the full compensation of 94 unpaid settlers of Sitio Agusuhin which became the site of Hanjin project, the establishment of new relocation site and livelihood assistance for the families of Sitio Agusuhin who were made to live the worst relocation site on top of the mountain, the full payment of compensation to 32 members of Agusuhin Community Reforestation Association, the completion of Nagyantoc relocation site and livelihood assistance to the families.

The new people’s task force will also fight for the rights and welfare of the workers of Hanjin shipbuilding project in Subic Bay and demand the company’s strict compliance with occupational health and safety standards of the Philippines to ensure that zero death and accident is achieved.

Zambales governor Amor Deloso has committed to support the new task force to forge a strong partnership with his office for the sake of the people of Zambales.

"With the provincial government and the people working together there is no doubt that we can achieve our goal of maximizing the benefits for the people and the province from the Hanjin project as well as from other businesses in the freeport" acccording to governor Deloso. .

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