SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) board of directors last Friday welcomed its newest member, Cynthia Co Paulino, as Olongapo City representative.
SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia introduced Paulino to the rest of the board members during the 256th regular meeting of the SBMA’s policy-making body.
Garcia said that with Paulino in the SBMA board, both the Subic Bay Freeport and its next-door neighbor Olongapo will benefit from closer coordination between the SBMA and the city government, especially in undertaking joint projects for the mutual benefit of the Subic Bay community and the city.
“I believe things will work out better for the two agencies now. We welcome this development, and we look forward to a successful team-up between the SBMA and Olongapo City,” Garcia said.
In October last year, Garcia and Olongapo City mayor Rolen Paulino discussed matters such as river clean-up, the night market, job fair and the perimeter fence that concern the local community.
Garcia added that with an Olongapo representative in the board, local concerns will be addressed immediately.
Paulino, who is the wife of Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino, replaced Anne Marie Gordon, the wife of former Olongapo Mayor James Gordon Jr., who resigned from the SBMA board early last year upon filing her candidacy for the 2013 mayoralty race.
Paulino who holds a degree in accountancy from Columban College in Olongapo is a native of Subic, Zambales. She has four children with Mayor Paulino.
Olongapo, which is a highly urbanized city with a population of more than 221,000 as of 2010, is among the communities adjacent to and affected by the operations of the Subic Bay Freeport.
It receives a little more than 24 percent of the total LGU share given regularly by SBMA to the eight affected communities. (30)