November 6, 2018

Telco giant PLDT Inc. has chosen the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga province for the launch of 5G, a mobile technology that promises faster internet speed and less lag that can be applied to a wide range of consumer and business industries.

PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications announced on Monday the signing of a memorandum of understanding with state-run Clark Development Corp. that would pave the way for the transformation of Clark Freeport Zone into a so-called 5G City.

PLDT, along with technical partner Ericsson, said the first 5G cell site would be activated this month. The plan was to fire up at least 25 5G sites over six months across Clark, said Joachim Horn, chief technology and information adviser for PLDT and Smart.

Horn said the objective was to have 5G available across all applications, which span logistics, manufacturing, transportation as well as homes and eventually mobile handsets once the devices become available to consumers in the latter part of 2019.

He said business locators in Clark would likely be their first 5G customers. Other applications include healthcare, driverless cars and automated manufacturing.

“This will benefit not only Clark but the country as well by demonstrating that we are in step with the rest of the world in adopting advanced intelligent technologies,” PLDT chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said.

Last August, Smart and Ericsson signed an agreement to deploy the country’s first 5G pilot network by the first half of 2019. Smart has been testing 5G since 2016. It said it achieved speeds of 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) using 100 MHz with latency of just 1 millisecond over a “live” network.


(c) Miguel R. Camus

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Subic, BCDA preparing for 2019 SEA Games


CLARK FREEPORT. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Administrator Wilma Eisma joins officers and members of the Pampanga Press Club led by president Diosdado Pangilinan, EVP Noel Tulabut and chairman of the board Eric Jimenezduring News at Hues, Park Inn Hotel, SM City Clark on October 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris Navarro)

October 18, 2018

THE Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Bases Conversion and Development AUthority (BCDA) are coordinating with the Southeast Asian Games committee in preparation for next year’s international athletic meet which will be held in the country from November 30 to December 10.

This was learned from SBMA Administrator Wilma “Amy” Eisma during a meeting with members of the Pampanga Press Club at the Park Inn by Radisson Clark on Tuesday, October 16.

“We are now working very closely with the SEA Games committee,” she said.

Eisma said some of the sports events including triathlon, duathlon, sailing, beach volleyball, sepak takraw, taekwondo, weight lifting, Muay Thai, chess, table tennis and others will be held in Subic.

With the help of the national government, SBMA has implemented a P50 million project for the rehabilitation of support facilities and road networks which will be used in the 2019 SEA Games, according to the official.

Subic has been known as sports tourism destination, Eisma added. “The very recent sports event is the Spartan obstacle course race.”

Half of the SEA Games categories will be held in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, she said.


(c)Reynaldo G. Navales


Do not rob yourself of future income

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:15 AM October 17, 2018

How would you take the thought that you are stealing money from your future income? That is what bad debt will do to you if you’re not careful with how you spend.

I will classify bad debt as money borrowed for debts that were spent on non-emergency situations. A funny definition of a bad debt is “using money you don’t have, to buy things you don’t need, to impress people you don’t like.”

But how will you avoid reckless spending that leads to debt? Here are some ways:

Change the way you see money.

The reason why most people go on a spending ban and binge spend after a month or so is because they view budgeting not as a lifetime goal but a short-term goal.

There are instances when you’d do it for a trip or for an immediate purchase but not as a lifetime habit.

This is just the same as being in a debt cycle.

You weren’t born wanting to have debt for unnecessary purchases. This is fostered through time and repeated actions.

Make the most of your age.

Are you below 30 years?  This is the time that it will be beneficial for you to start investing and saving. You have more time to build your savings for retirement.  If you are over 30, don’t fret. There is still time to build your funds.

It will be challenging at first because it is not mainstream to live below our means. Achievement will be looked partially through your new gadgets or new car by your peers. Remember that your true friends will not care whether you have the latest models of anything but for your friendship. Avoid giving in to peer pressure.

This is also the best time to begin investing. If you invest P2,000 a month at 25 and you increase it by just 5 percent every year, you will have close to P7 million* by the time you are 55. *(10 percent a year average return).

Imagine if you invest more and in diversified investments? You may want to look at pooled equity funds like mutual funds or UITF; or you can start buying select stocks yourself. Remember, study the investment first and never invest in something you don’t comprehend.

Protect your loved ones.

This doesn’t mean that you will stop causing debt, but this can go on until you die. I don’t think you’d want your loved ones to pay for your wrong financial decisions.

Look through your life insurance coverage you have. Can this be used as collateral commitment to your loans so that no one will be bugged by this in the event that you die? Look at every debt you have and assess if this will be stretched until 20 to 30 years. Discuss this with your family members and your co-makers so they will get an idea and provide their insights on how you can bring this down.

Don’t borrow money which will not help you make more money.

If you are borrowing money to put up a business, then that’s good debt.  If you are borrowing just to keep up with your neighbors or siblings, then that’s a bad one.

Ask yourself these questions before buying anything with borrowed money:

“Do I really need this?”

“Can I find a more affordable option?”

“Will this make me more money?”

Compare prices before making major purchases.

Find other streams of income.

Let’s face it: one definite way to avoid debt is to have multiple sources of income since this can empower you to buy items in cash. Find ways to get other sources of income through online portals. Multiple streams of income is a good idea!

You can achieve anything you concentrate and focus on and avoiding bad debt is no exception.

Keep in mind that having bad debt robs you of your future income so avoid it as much as you can. Debt can be good, bad or ugly; wisdom dictates you know which is which.

(c) Randell Tiongson – @inquirerdotnet

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in and out president

SBDMC, Inc. has appointed Mr. Willy Wang as its new president. Wang took over the helm from Mr. Jeff Lin starting October 1, 2018. SBDMC Chairman, Dr. Chin Der Ou, led the turn over ceremony on October 3, 2018 at SBDMC Formosa Hall to welcome Wang.


Wang came to Subic Bay in March 2018 as TECO Group’s Representative to the Philippines to consolidate and manage all TECO’s investment and subsidiaries in the country.


Wang is a veteran of TECO Group holding various positions. TECO is a well known conglomerate in Taiwan with US$1B sales and business scope covering over 100 cities in more than 40 countries in the five major continents. He started his career as General Manager of Overseas Operations of Taian Electric Co., Ltd. followed by his stint in Hubbell-Taian Company and TECO Information System. In 1999, he moved to the USA as President of Advanced Innovative Marketing. He was appointed Managing Director of TECO Australia Pty. Ltd. starting 2001. He likewise  concurrently served as General Manager of AV Business Division of TECO Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd. from 2006-2008 and Managing Director of TECO Electric & Machinery B.V. from 2008-2009. As Managing Director, he oversaw the Europe Head Office and three other European subsidiaries of TECO in United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. He became Special Assistant to TECO Chairman in 2016.


Wang graduated from Taipei Technology University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Fu Jen Catholic University in 1995, with double major in Business Administration and English Literature. He completed a Master’s Degree in Global Operations Management from the State University of New York in 2012.


Lin, who had served as the president of SBDMC since September 2003, stayed on as Advisor to assist the company during the transition period. Lin was the longest-serving President of SBDMC steering its transformation and success through his dedication, hard work, and dynamic leadership throughout his 15 years in the company.


Wang took the opportunity to share his vision and the company’s new direction with its employees during the turn over ceremony. “I see many investments opportunities for SBDMC such as Gateway Park Phase III (Tipo area), partnership with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), Redondo Peninsula and its connecting bridge or tunnel to the SBFZ Mainland, etc.,” announced Wang. “I intend to focus energy and resources on working on these new projects.” -30-

SBMA snags twin nominations in Stevie Awards

October 10, 2018

OLONGAPO CITY — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority is a finalist in this year’s Stevie Awards, an international program that recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide.

The nomination for “Organization of the Year” was announced on Wednesday by SBMA chair and administrator Wilma Eisma, who was also nominated as “Female Executive of the Year in a government or non-profit organization.”

Eisma said the nominations honors the efforts of SBMA employees in making the Subic Freeport a premier investment center.

“The SBMA has grown to be a better organization due to the culture of ‘malasakit (compassion)’ in the agency, which this administration has actively promoted,” Eisma said in a statement.

The Stevie Awards are handed out annually by the American Business Awards organization. The winners for the gold, silver, and bronze Stevies will be announced in the 15th annual awards dinner which takes place in New York City in November. /ee

(c) Joanna Aglibot@inquirerdotnet
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October 1, 2018


Some of us have had to face the stakeholders of our business and ask for financing, or permission to pursue a new market and/or purchase equipment. While these are more typical examples of crucial conversations, many everyday interactions could also be just as important.

A crucial conversation is one that covers three conditions: high stakes, differing opinions, and strong emotions. The first thing that tells you you’re in one is how you feel. The thing is, reacting to how you feel, as common as it is, greatly affects whether or not you get what you want. In business, that makes or breaks a project, an assignment, even a sale.

We asked Vina Vidal Vicente, an expert on business communication and public affairs, on exactly how recognizing and managing a crucial conversation could affect your business. Her insights are based on the book “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High,” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler.

  1. Helps improve dialogue and engagement

Mastering emotions in a crucial conversation helps one speak with anyone about anything to reach alignment and agreement on important matters.

For example, L. has always had difficulty speaking to people with authority. Whenever she is in a meeting with her boss, her heart would beat very fast and her hands would start to sweat. She learned exercises on managing her emotions through a crucial conversations session.

Soon, she began raising her hand and offering her opinions during meetings. Her boss took note and gave her more and more assignments. L. eventually took over from her boss after the latter left for another role.

  1. Creates change in behavior

Being able to talk to anyone about particularly sensitive matters helps hasten the decision making process, encourages commitment to action, enhances productivity, and sustains meaningful relationships.

  1. and Q. were good friends and work partners. Things generally ran smoothly between them, except during those times when Q. would show up at work after having biked his way from home. A. needed to tell Q. that his odor was very strong after biking, and that most of their coworkers avoid him when this happens. As a result, meetings would be deferred and deadlines would go unmet.

Using a crucial conversations tool, A. wrote down his feedback and rehearsed it before giving it to Q. When the conversation was over, Q. resolved to take quick showers after his bike rides and bring fresh clothes in his bag. Collaboration with other coworkers went more easily after that.

  1. Builds a high performance culture

Consistent communication behavior leads to organizations, teams, and individuals developing high-performance cultures based on trust and respect.

J.’s team greatly appreciate how she ran her team. She provides candid, actionable feedback and also always remembers to give praise. Because of her leadership, they constantly look out for each other’s performance and make sure that their metrics are met.

Vicente will conduct a one-day course titled “Crucial Conversations: How to deal with Power, Position and Authority” on Nov. 9.

The Inquirer Academy is at 4168 Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Ponte St., Makati City. For more information about the workshops or if you would like to add your input on the article, you may email, call (632) 834-1557 or 771-2715 and look for Jerald Miguel or Judy Bondoc.

(c) Glenn San Luis
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August 30, 2018, 7:20 pm

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is vigorously pursuing for the implementation of the PHP10.2 billion six-year infrastructure development program to be funded under the national government’s Build-Build-Build program.

SBMA chairman and administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the projects are seen to improve the core business infrastructure here and sustain the attractiveness of the Subic Bay Freeport as a globally-competitive trade and tourism center.

“We are now bidding out six major projects to set into motion the execution of a PHP530-million program to rehabilitate, upgrade and develop roads and other public facilities in the Subic Bay Freeport,” Eisma said.

She said the six major projects form part of the SBMA’s PHP10.2-billion six-year infrastructure development program that will be funded by the national government and set for completion by 2023.

Eisma said this will be the first time for the SBMA to avail of national funding for infrastructure projects.

“But we feel justified not only because of the scope, but also because we’d like to think that these projects are investments on the part of the government,” she said.

Eisma cited the importance of the projects, saying these will help Subic sustain its position as one of the biggest revenue contributors among investment promotions agencies in the country.

The SBMA chief pointed out that since the Americans left in 1992, Subic has not seen any major investment in infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance of basic facilities like roads and docks, which are essential to business operations here.

“Even the security fence that defined the area of the former Subic naval base has already deteriorated,” she said.

The nationally-funded projects for this year include various road rehabilitation work amounting to PHP369.7 million; Phase 2 of the Naval Supply Depot (NSD) road network project, at PHP75.8 million; installation of navigational buoys, PHP47.5 million; installation of new traffic control systems, PHP9.6 million; repair of El Kabayo Road, PHP9.3 million; and drainage improvement at Argonaut Highway, PHP18 million.

Other projects in the PHP10.2-billion infrastructure development program will be implemented in phases starting with PHP524.5 million in 2019; and then PHP573.1 million in 2020; PHP1.32 billion in 2021; PHP2.35 billion in 2022; and PHP1.4 billion in 2013.

The other components of the program are various seaport and airport development projects, road widening and extension projects, and the construction of an SBMA Corporate Center, which gets the bulk of the budget at PHP3.8 billion.

Eisma said the SBMA has scheduled the projects based on the immediacy of Subic’s needs as a maritime logistics hub, with the first projects encompassing roads, traffic controls, drainage, as well as buoys and other equipment, and to be followed by seaport and airport improvements, road expansion, bridge and overpass projects, and finally, the SBMA Corporate Center.

Meanwhile, SBMA will plow in a total of PHP781.8 million in five years under its own capital expenditure program to complement the nationally-funded infrastructure program.

One of the bigger projects under the SBMA program is the construction of a new perimeter fence in critical areas of the former U.S. military base, with PHP18 million in the first year of implementation and PHP42 million in the second year. (PNA)

(c) Malou Dungog


August 9, 2018

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ID SAMPLE A Philippine Statistics Authority employee presents at the House a sample of the ID to be issued under the national ID system. —Jam Sta. Rosa

Applying for a national ID is not mandatory, but Filipinos who opt not to get one will face inconvenience in government and business transactions, the head of the agency that will manage the national ID system said on Wednesday.

“No one will be forced to enroll in the national ID system,” Lisa Grace Bersales, national statistician and civil registrar general, said on Wednesday.

The head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the national ID would be a requirement for doing business.

“It’s really more about accessing benefits. But if they don’t want to access benefits from government, then they will not really need to have an ID,” she said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act, which President Duterte signed on Aug. 6, provides for a single national identification system called “Phil ID,” which collates citizens’ data in a centralized database.

Under the law, the PSA will store a citizen’s common reference number, biometrics, voter’s ID, Philippine passport number, taxpayer’s identification number, PhilHealth number, Professional Regulation ID number, driver’s license number and other information.

Privacy concerns

Critics are raising fears that the national ID poses risks to the privacy and data security of Filipinos.

While she acknowledged such fears, Bersales assured the public that the privacy of ID holders would be protected.

“It is very explicit in the law as to how we will use the data, manage the data,” she said, noting that information will be shared only if the Phil ID holder or the court would allow it.

Despite warnings from critics, the national ID system has popular support.

Filipinos support ID

Seven out of 10 adult Filipinos favor it, according to Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Results of a survey the opinion agency conducted from June 27 to 30 showed that 73 percent of respondents approved of the then proposal to make a single ID for the different identification cards currently used by Filipinos.

Eighteen percent disapproved of the proposal, resulting in a net agreement score (percent agree minus percent disagree) of +55 that SWS described as “extremely strong.”

The noncommissioned survey covered 1,200 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Asked if the government could be trusted to protect private information contained in the national ID, 61 percent agreed while 8 percent disagreed. Thirty percent were undecided.

The survey also found that 49 percent had “much trust” the government would not use the national ID system against those who oppose it, while 13 percent had “little trust.” Thirty-nine percent were undecided.

Consent, court order

Bersales expressed elation over the poll results, saying the national ID system “will only answer who are you and who you really say you are.”

She said the law provided that the PSA could share its data to another party only if it had the consent of the citizen and if a court ordered it.

The database of the national ID will include 11 demographic questions, such as name, birthday, birthplace, sex, blood type and address, and one’s biometrics.

She said newborns would be enrolled in the system.

Every person will get a 13-digit number and the information can be updated in a registration center.

“Eventually, you don’t need the ID card. Just memorize your number. Just go to the government agency that you need to transact with and they will capture two fingers to authenticate who you really are,” Bersales said.

The national ID will cover 33 government agencies, she said. “The vision is, after four years, there is really no need for these (33) cards.”

P2.2-B budget

To implement the system in the next four years, the government will need P30 billion. The first national ID will be free of charge.

The PSA is working on the P2.2-billion funding that Congress has allocated this year for the national ID system.

A pilot of the ID system will be launched later this year, a mass rollout in early 2019, and a target enrollment of 25 million Filipinos every year, said Assistant Finance Secretary Tony Lambino.

For this year, Lambino said the government would prioritize the enrollment of 1 million people benefiting from its unconditional cash transfer (UCT) program. Another 1.6 million getting UCT will be enrolled next year. /cbb /pdi

(c)  Christine O. AvendañoJulius N. Leonen

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August 7, 2018

NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION President Duterte describes the Philippine Identification System Act that he signed in the presence of lawmakers on Monday as a “monumental legislative measure.” —JOAN BONDOC

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the national identification system law on Monday, assuring Filipinos that their personal information would be kept secure with data privacy safeguards already in place.

Only those with illegal intentions should be afraid of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act, the President said after the signing ceremony in Malacañang.

“There is therefore no basis at all for the apprehensions about the Phil-ID, unless of course that fear is based on anything that borders on illegal,” he said.

He added: “If at all, the Phil-ID will even aid in our drive against the social menaces of poverty, corruption and criminal issues, as well as terrorism and violent extremism.”

The signing of the law coincided with the presentation and ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

PSA repository of data

Under the PhilSys Act, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will manage the national ID system.

It will store a citizen’s common reference number, biometrics, voter’s ID, Philippine passport number, taxpayer’s identification number, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. number, Professional Regulation Commission number, driver’s license number and other information.

In his speech, the President pointed out that the information would not be different from that recorded in other agencies collecting personal data.

He said data privacy safeguards were in place to ensure that citizens’ personal data were secure against identity theft and fraud.

“The PSA will work closely with the National Privacy Commission, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the multiagency PhilSystem Policy and Coordination Council to address all concerns pertaining to privacy and security,” the President said.

Calling the national ID law a “monumental legislative measure,” he noted that past administrations had tried but failed to introduce a national ID.

This was “partly because of the apprehensions peddled by some groups about privacy and data security,” the President said.

An opposition lawmaker, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, for instance, said the passage of the law “casts a pall of gloom over privacy rights and an ominous threat to human rights.”

“The heavy hand of the state will now apply to getting a comprehensive profile of its citizens,” Villarin said in a text message to the Inquirer.

The Presidenty thought otherwise, stressing that a national ID system would, in fact, improve the delivery of services and cut down on fraud and bureaucratic red tape.

Citizens, resident aliens

He pointed out that the Phil-ID, a single ID to be issued to all citizens and resident aliens, would “dispense with the need to present multiple IDs for different government transactions.”

“This will not just enhance administrative governance but reduce corruption, curtail bureaucratic red tape, and promote the ease of doing business, but also avert fraudulent transactions, strengthen financial inclusion, and create a more secure environment for our people,” he said.

The President’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, said the implementation of a national ID would help protect Filipinos against identity theft.

Roque said the ID would help promote national security as it would become easier to verify one’s identity and single out criminals or terrorists.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, principal sponsor of the measure in the Senate, said many Filipinos could expect an easier time transacting with the government.

Lacson noted that there were 33 different forms of “functional” ID cards issued by government agencies.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon thanked the President for signing the measure and likewise gave assurance that it had enough safeguards to protect an individual’s privacy.

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, principal author of the House measure, said the new law would benefit the poor and residents of far-flung communities who had been experiencing difficulties in securing proof of identity. —With Reports From Leila B. Salaverria and Marlon Ramos

(c) Julie M. Aurelio

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July 27, 2018, 8:08 pm

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT— With a small army of workers and volunteers, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) expects the massive landside that killed one person at the Aparri Road here to be finally cleared by next week.

SBMA chairman and administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the agency’s technical group estimated that it would take about 400 dump-truck loads to finally clear about 4,000 cubic meters of muddy soil that collapsed from a hill here early Monday.

“We are already working from both ends of the landslide to clear it faster, but at the rate the crew can go with the continuous rain, clearing operations that started last Monday may be completed only by Friday next week,” Eisma said.

“It’s good that we have enough pay-loaders, dump trucks and backhoes because a lot of locator-companies volunteered their heavy equipment, but what we lack is manpower. We need alternate operators because work continues until night time,” she explained.

She said volunteers from the SBMA, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and some business locators in Subic are working overtime and have produced close to 14,000 sandbags since Tuesday.

Eisma also pointed out that continuous rains have resulted in other minor landslides in other areas in the Freeport.

The multiple landslides started Sunday as heavy rains from tropical depression Josie and the southwest monsoon soaked the Subic Freeport and surrounding areas.

At least three companies in the Freeport were affected by landslides, while three others reported flooding that damaged some facilities, the SBMA Business and Investment Department said.

Meanwhile, a report from the SBMA Ecology Center indicated that the heaviest rain in Subic since January 2013 fell last Sunday, July 22.

The most amount of average precipitation, or rainfall, was also recorded this year at approximately 400.21 millimeters (mm).

One millimeter of rainfall means that one square meter of space has one liter of water in it.

Before this, the heaviest average rainfall in the Subic Freeport since 2013 was posted in 2016 at 339.48 mm, while the least amount was in 2015 at 180.17 mm.

SBMA Ecology Center manager Amethya dela Llana said that landslides hit areas where the soil composition has poor water-holding capacity.

Most areas in the Subic Freeport are considered “moderately susceptible” to rain-induced landslide, she added.

As of now, the SBMA is doing both prevention and cure—deploying sandbags to fortify erosion-prone slopes, while clearing eroded slopes of the rubble. (PNA)

(c) Ruben Veloria