SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator and chairperson Wilma T. Eisma has asked workers in this freeport to take a personal stand against Covid-19 and help develop a culture of safety to enable the revival of the local economy.
Eisma made the call as the agency promotes the “Subic Bay Freeport Health and Safety Pledge and Promise to Humanity,” which seeks to inspire personal commitment among workers to imbibe and practice health and safety protocols both at home and in the workplace.
“So much is at stake in this fight against Covid-19, our personal safety, our livelihood, our family’s welfare, and the growth of the economy. So, we really need to take this fight to a personal level,” Eisma said in a statement.
“We need healthy people to build a healthy economy, and it takes a personal commitment to safety to remain healthy in these very challenging times,” she said.
The safety pledge was approved last month by the SBMA Board of Directors for implementation on a voluntary basis among SBMA employees and other Subic stakeholders.
SBMA Deputy Administrator for Health and Safety Ronnie Yambao said more than instilling awareness of individual and collective roles in the fight against Covid-19, the pledge recognizes the severity of the health crisis and the need for individual commitments to slow down the spread of the virus around the world.
The pledge extracts a commitment to follow all health and safety protocols and maintain safety in workplaces at all times; encourage other people to follow safety measures to save lives; and to be a good role model for co-workers, friends, and family on and off the job.
Yambao stressed that the pledge “makes following protocols meaningful, rather than mechanical.” He said SBMA had since circulated the pledge among SBMA employees, asked celebrities to endorse and popularize the project, and encouraged business locators and their employees to do the same.
To further strengthen workplace response to Covid-19, Eisma said the SBMA has rolled out a series of web seminars to guide Subic Freeport companies in re-tooling and boosting their capacity to respond to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Subic stakeholders should realize what’s at stake. The fact is that under the new normal, everything should be safe in order to be sustainable. This applies to corporate and even personal businesses,” she added. (PNA)