Sunday, July 10, 2005

28 kompanya sa SBMA nagsara na

Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 07/10/2005

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Kabaligtaran ang isinusulong ni Pangulong Arroyo na makapagbigay ng trabaho sa mga naghihikahos na mamamayan dahil libong manggagawa ang tuluyang nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pagsasara ng mga kumpanya dito sa ginawang pagpigil ni Anti-Smuggling Task Force (ASTF) chief ret. Lt. Gen. Jose Calimlim na mag-isyu ng import permit. Aabot sa 10,000 manggagawa mula sa 28-kumpanyang nakabase sa Subic Bay Freeport na may kinalaman sa negosyong importasyon ng sasakyan ang nawalan ng trabaho na karamihan ay pawang mekaniko, painter at electrician.

Ang pagsasara ng ilang kumpanya ay bumaba rin ang koleksyon ng Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority at maging ang Bureau of Customs (BoC) dahil sa walang nagbabayad ng karagdagang buwis na magmumula sa mga importers ng mga sasakyan ng P50-milyon kada buwan. Sa kabila nito, patuloy pa rin ang talamak na smuggling ng mga kontrabando na ipinupuslit sa gate ng Tipo kung saan ilang tauhan ng Law Enforcement Dept. at SWAT ng SBMA ang kasapakat. (Ulat ni Jeff Tombado)
This blogger believes in the number of companies that closed shop BUT does not believe that up to 10,000 workers lost their jobs. At the most, it would be less than 2,000 but these workers does not necessarily lost their jobs because they remain on their jobs - subcontracting projects. Its just that they now have less contracts. By the way, yesterday I saw Lito Soriano walking by Sta Rita Road, I stopped-by to give him a ride, he told me that the van they bought from Subic Auctioneers have a sub-standard steering mechanism after it was converted from right-hand drive to left-hand drive. He and his family were lucky that they were not in a hi-speed road when the steering mechanism failed, otherwise, it would have been a tragic accident.

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