TEN (10) outstanding Freeport workers

Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena (extreme right) and other members of the board of judges, join this year’s winners in the search for Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers of Subic Bay during the awarding ceremony held at Ayala Mall’s Harbor Point as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Awardees in this year’s search of the Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers proudly display their trophies during a ceremony held at Ayala Mall’s Harbor Point, highlighting the 20th anniversary celebration of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – This year’s crop of “the best among the Freeport’s best” was finally known last Friday when the Subic Bay Workforce Development Foundation, Inc. (SBWFI) recognized the 2012 Ten Outstanding Freeport Workers who exemplified discipline, dedication, and commitment to excellence in their respective jobs.

The 11th batch of outstanding workers were chosen by SBWFI in cooperation with the Labor Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) from the more than 92,000 workers currently employed by various companies registered in Subic.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges headed by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary for Special Concerns Jose Mari Oquiñena, Maribeth Gopez of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), and Ricardo Ednave of the Department of Education. The awarding, which was also attended by Leonida Romulo, labor attaché at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Maria Cristina Mangalindan, officer in charge of NCMB-DOLE in Region 3, was held at the Harbor Point mall here.

This year’s outstanding Subic workers are: Gilbert Buhain of Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corp., Ryan Griva (Subic Enerzone Corp.), Charo Guerrero (Polarmarine Inc.), Mark Anthony Magno (Subic Marine Exploratorium, Inc.), Christine Manamtam (Wistron Infocomm Phils. Corp.), Dandy Millama (Wistron Infocomm Phils. Corp.), Jed Sprint Pino (Pacific Ocean Underwater Solutions, Corp.), Maria Luisa Pulanco (Nicera Phils. Corp.), Daisy Tagpines (Wistron Infocomm Phils. Corp.), and Virginia Umbina (Subic Water and Sewerage Co., Inc.).

SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia, who was guest speaker in the event, described the outstanding workers as “heroes of the Freeport” for their role in making Subic a catalyst in the economic development of the country.  “If all the workers would follow the examples the ten outstanding workers had shown, I am confident that the Philippines would have a very bright future ahead,” he said.  “Kayo ang nagpapakita kung gaano kagaling ang mga manggagawang Pilipino,” Garcia added.

Meanwhile, Oquiñena lauded the winners for their legacy of excellence. “Because of the stories you have shared with us, you made us more proud to be Filipinos. Thank you for being a source of good news about the Filipino,” Oquiñena said.

According to SBWFI records, the 10 outstanding workers were cited for their exemplary performance on the job. Buhain, who his known among colleagues as the “Action Man,” co-authored the formulation of an activated-carbon system to eliminate gas fumes and is widely acknowledged for his accurate and precise designs and execution of innovative projects.

Meanwhile, Griva was recognized for initiating Subic Enerzone’s Adopt-an-Area Program that made power distribution in the Freeport more efficient and reliable.  Magno, an assistant supervisor at Ocean Adventure’s Creative and Performing Arts Section, conceptualized and developed artistic direction for shows that made every visit to the said marine theme park a lasting and memorable experience.  On the other hand, Manamtam is an ISO14001 coordinator who authored different ISO and departamental procedures elevating the quality of performance standard at Wistron Infocomm.  Safety supervisor Millama, meanwhile, was able to maintain company-wide zero-accident mark through the creation of effective health and safety procedures.  Pino, who firmly believes that “no job is too difficult to handle if one truly believes in his self,” is  an employee who stopped a fire accident that saved the life of a co-employee, as well as company properties.    A proactive and persistent leader, Pulanco contributed excellent ideas for process improvement that greatly enhanced work flow and created an effective production system. It also gained her the highest performance appraisals from her Japanese supervisors at Nicera Phils.  Guerrero, who handles quality management system and ISO programs, managed to boost her organization’s performance to reach sales of US$852,700, which is 39% higher than that at the time she assumed the post in 2008.  A key person in the management section, Tagpines was instrumental in gaining ISO9000, ESD S2020 and DELL QPA certification, and equipping her company with fruitful knowledge both in manufacturing and after-sales service operations.

Meanwhile, Umbina, a hardworking employee who rose from the ranks to become one of her company’s dedicated supervisors, ensures that all Subicwater’s 35,757 customers are billed correctly and on time.

The search for the 10 Outstanding Freeport Workers is an annual recognition program that started in 2001.

The awarding coincides with the celebration of the turnover of the former US Naval Base to the Philippine government and the start of operation of the Subic Bay Freeport.

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