Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Jonathan D. Tan predicts that the P5.5-billion joint venture between the agency and the Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) will spur growth in the port businesses of this premier Freeport.
During the inauguration of the Subic Port at the Naval Supply Depot (NSD) here, the 10-year Subic Port joint venture will revitalize the ports, yards, and cargo handling inside this Freeport. The joint venture also includes the development, operation and management of several ports inside the former US naval base. “Our goal at SBMA is in line with HCPTI’s goal of creating more employment opportunities, generate new income, boost the tourism, attract more foreign and local investments, and expand the trading business in Subic,” he said. He added that the upgrade of the port facilities is expected to improve cargo processing efficiency, reduce ship turnaround times, and increase the volume of bulk and break bulk cargo handled.