US Ambassador Philip Goldberg concluded a successful trip to Subic Bay and Olongapo on March 3 where he met with Mayor Rolen Paulino and other city officials. He also visited the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16).
At meetings with Mayor Paulino, Police Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, and Col. Pedrito Delos Reyes, the ambassador discussed local concerns and how the embassy and local governments can work together to address important issues.
He thanked the government of the Philippines for dedicating valuable resources to combat human trafficking and for its support for increasing the number of US troop visits to Olongapo and expanding the Liberty Area for visiting US sailors.
Goldberg toured the Subic Bay Freeport Zone with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman Roberto Garcia and met with Subic Bay Chamber of Commerce President Rose Baldeo.
Garcia noted to Ambassador Goldberg that 2013 was a record year for new investments in the Freeport and for SBMA profits.
The diplomat also visited the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), one of two former USCG Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the Philippine Navy from the United States in 2013. This visit served as an introduction to these vessels, which now represent the bulk of sea-based combat power for the Philippine Navy. The Ambassador noted that this US-Philippine partnership is a positive contribution to Philippine maritime security.