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SBMA opens cruise passenger terminal

THE Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recently opened the Global Passenger Terminal, the first passenger ship terminal in the country, to accommodate international cruise ships traveling around the Asia-Pacific region. "This new manifestation of our march towards the fulfillment of the objectives of the SBMA is a remarkable achievement. This is our continued commitment to make Subic a maritime ingredient in world commerce," SBMA chair Feliciano Salonga said. Global Terminal and Development, Inc. (GTDI) has infused more than P160 million to transform the 18-hectare former military port facility into a one-stop cruise ship facility complemented with passenger and tourist parks, a warehouse, a grain storage facility and ship repair yard. "This passenger terminal is certainly long overdue. As early as 1993, when we first converted Subic from a military installation, we really saw the need of establishing a world-class passenger terminal," SBMA administrator Armand Arreza added. He said what SBMA really wants to see is for the Ship Repair Facility to become a world-class maritime facility catering to international passengers and cruise ships. "Investments like this signify the intent of the private sector to develop Subic into a world-class tourism establishment." The cruise terminal is part of the SBMA Port Development Plan, which aims to develop the full-range of passenger and cargo handling capability of Subic Bay Freeport and make it more competitive as a regional trade hub in Asia.


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