US Ambassador visits Subic and Olongapo

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Ambassador Goldberg and Captain Ernesto Baldovino, the bridge command center, aboard the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) as part of his visit to Subic and Olongapo. The US provided the former US Coast Guard ship to the Philippines as part of the US-Philippines military-to-military relationship. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE US EMBASSY

Ambassador Goldberg and Captain Ernesto Baldovino, the bridge command center, aboard the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) as part of his visit to Subic and Olongapo. The US provided the former US Coast Guard ship to the Philippines as part of the US-Philippines military-to-military relationship. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE US EMBASSY

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.

US Ambassador Goldberg meets SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia, greets former employees of the US Naval Base Subic Bay

US Ambassador Goldberg meets SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia, greets former employees of the US Naval Base Subic Bay

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.

Mayor Rolen Paulino and the Olongapo City Council welcomed Ambassador Goldberg during his visit to Olongapo City Hall

Mayor Rolen Paulino and the Olongapo City Council welcomed Ambassador Goldberg during his visit to Olongapo City Hall

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