Lazaro named OIC for SBMA seaport department

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Subic Bay Freeport Zone
  • Michael Philip Lazaro has assumed the role of officer-in-charge for the Seaport and Trade Facilitation and Compliance Departments at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority starting December 5
  • Lazaro is concurrently the assistant general manager for the Seaport Department and chief of the Port Operations Division
  • He takes over from Jerome Martinez

Michael Philip Lazaro was named officer-in-charge of the Seaport and Trade Facilitation and Compliance Departments of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) beginning December 5.

His appointment as OIC was announced in a public advisory on December 11 by SBMA OIC-deputy administrator for corporate communications Armina Llamas.

Lazaro is concurrently the assistant general manager for the Seaport Department and chief of the Port Operations Division. Before this position, he worked as a political affairs officer at the House of Representatives and served as a shipping operations specialist at SBMA from 2004 to 2013.

He holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Santo Tomas.

Lazaro takes the place of Jerome Martinez, who is the subject of complaints by brokers and processors in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Last October, the stakeholders complained to SBMA administrator Jonathan Tan about alleged anomalies involving Martinez and consultant for port operation Rico Reyes. The two are supposedly receiving “kotong” (grease) money in exchange for release of shipments.

Reyes has been placed on leave of absence following the complaint. And now Martinez has been replaced by Lazaro.

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