RESIDENTS of both East and West Kalayaan Housing in the Subic Bay Freeport have formed a neighborhood association to partner with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in looking after their own welfare, as well as of transients.
Meeting over the weekend under strict quarantine protocols due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, they elected an interim set of officers to start the process of obtaining a juridical personality for the association named Kalayaan Subic Bay Neighborhood Association.
“We hope to be of help in keeping the residents’ welfare always on the agenda of SBMA,” elected interim president Frankie Barretto told Subic Bay News, “We believe SBMA wants that too, thus, the association.”
Other elected officers were Benny Triguero, vice president; Analyn Victorio, treasurer; Paolo Barretto, secretary; Francis Rivero, auditor; Roseller Hilario and Dr. Ed Bongco, public relations officers; and, Gigi Montelibano and Susan Seva, business managers.
Among the priorities spelled out in the meeting include close coordination with the security agency management that has a contract with SBMA to render security services in the area.
“We want to make sure that the guards will be really out there protecting the community,” Barretto said, “and we intend to help them do it.”
“We will raise funds to purchase bicycles for the guards’ mobility and preparedness,” Barretto said, “as well as first aid kits.”
Other talking points the association intends to bring to the office of SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma include the ingress and egress hours at Kalayaan gate, regular grass cutting and tree trimming, and disaster preparedness.
Residents of two other major residential areas in the Subic Bay Freeport, namely Binictican Housing, and Cubi, have yet to have a similar association. (VVV)