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Board of Directors

The SBMA chairman and members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the President of the Philippines to serve for a term of six (6) years, except for the representatives of the local government units who serve for a term of three (3) years.

As provided for in Sec. 13 (c) of Republic Act 7227, or the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, the SBMA Board of Directors "shall be composed of fifteen (15) members, to wit:

  1. Representatives from different sectors such as the local government units that concur to join the
    Subic Special Economic Zone;
  2. Two (2) representatives from the National Government;
  3. Five (5) representatives from the private sector coming from the present naval stations, public works center,
    ship repair facility, naval supply depot and naval air stations; and
  4. The remaining balance to complete the Board shall be composed of representatives from the business and investment sectors."


Chairman & Administrator

Roberto Villasenor Garcia is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience in the manufacturing, food and leisure industries.

He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oriental and Motolite Corporation, the dominant domestic battery manufacturer, and played a pivotal role in making the company ASEAN's largest battery manufacturer and one of Asia's most technologically advanced companies.

He was awarded the "Juran Award", the highest award for an individual in the field of quality management given by the Philippine Society of Quality Control. After retiring from OMC in 2004 where he worked for 34 years, Garcia became an entrepreneur and set up businesses in the food and leisure industries.

Having always wanted to serve the country, Garcia responded to the call of public service when he was appointed by President Aquino in November 2011 as SBMA Chairman & Administrator.

Tackling his first ever government job, Garcia sought to transform the Agency that was bleeding from billions of losses, ageing equipment, and widespread demoralization among its employees. His breakthrough strategy based on good governance, financial reforms and aggressive investment promotion.was designed to turn SBMA into the country's leading Freeport.

Starting 2012 for three successive years in a row, Garcia led SBMA to its highest levels of revenues, operating profits, and net income in its 22-year history. Historic records were likewise achieved in employment generation, investments, BIR and BOC collections, and LGU revenue shares. SBMA is now on solid financial footing and faces very bright prospects for inclusive growth and more jobs in port utilization, manufacturing, shipbuilding, logistics, and tourism. Long-term sustainable growth of the Agency is assured as the strategies and policies to promote development have been institutionalized under the policy that "Good governance leads to good business."

Mr. Garcia finished his MBA at AIM in 1973, where he was also Chairman of the Student Association and subsequently, President of the AIM Alumni Association. In 1979, he received the AIM Triple A award for outstanding alumnus.

He graduated from De La Salle University in 1968. He was elected Student Council Chairman and was awarded "Most Outstanding Student Leader" also in 1968.



Private Sector

Benjamin E. Antonio III is a practitioner in Systems and Risk Management. He has advised clients in the High-Tech, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Business Process Outsourcing, Transportation and other industries inthe Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India and Thailand.

Several government agencies have likewise engaged Mr. Antonio as consultant in the past, including SBMA, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Textile Research Institute, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Philippine Export Zone Authority, Coconut Industry Investment Fund, the Office of the President and the Philippine National Police.

Mr. Antonio's corporate background is in Education and Information Technology, having set up and led some of the most pioneering companies in e-Commerce and Internet technologies. He was instrumental in setting up the very first online store in the Philippines for San Miguel Corporation and an Online B2B system for Johnson and Johnson, among others. The BlackBerry was likewise launched in the Philippines for Continuity of Operations (COOP), Disaster Recovery & Emergency Preparedness by a team he led, implementing the first large-scale enterprise mobile automation in Asia-Pacific for the BIR in the Philippines.

He is an approved Lead Auditor in Information Security and IT Management Systems and Quality for several organizations in the region. He is also Lead Information Security Approving Auditor for Asia Pacific of a major UK-based Global Certification Body. He is also a registered Pollution Control Officer and Environmental Management Systems Auditor.

As an educator, he has taught in College and for the government's Philippine International Trading Corporation. He has also trained numerous companies in ISO, Risk Management, Business Continuity, Systems Auditing, Internet technologies and operations.

Mr. Antonio earned his Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the International Academy of Management and Economics. He graduated Cum Laude in his Bachelor of Science degree. He likewise studied Chemistry at the University of Santo Tomas and Music at the University of the Philippines.

He attended High School at Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan, and Sacred Heart School, Cebu City.

Mr. Antonio's civic interests is likewise vast, involved in organizations such as the National Economic Protectionism Association, the Scottish Rite, Couples For Christ and Subic Quality Club.

Mr. Antonio enjoys hiking, practical shooting, martial arts and reading.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors, Mr. Antonio is a member of the Board's Governance and Executive Committees.



National Government

Atty. Bienvenido Ordonez Benitez is a distinguished lawyer who has helped Overseas Filipino Workers in Taiwan by providing legal assistance, and was responsible in resolving a squatter problem in Las Pinas through community empowerment.

As the legal officer of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taiwan, he rendered assistance to Filipinos with legal problems in Taiwan - providing such services as legal advice, law interpretation, and coordination with judicial authorities and the police among others.

Atty. Benitez was Assistant City Prosecutor of Manila from 1994 to 1995. He also served as Senior Technical Assistant to Senator Victor Ziga from 1988 to 1993, and as senior consultant to the president of the Philippine Women's University.

The law firm he set up specializes in corporate, civil, litigation and family law.

Atty. Benitez obtained his Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufus University (administered in cooperation with Harvard University) in Massachusetts in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 1987, and his Bachelor of Arts degree, major in History and Political Science, from De La Salle University in 1982.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors (BOD), Atty. Benitez is a member of the BOD's Audit and Risk Committee.



Private Sector

Philip G. Camara is an advocate of nature conservation and protection involved with different non-government organizations and cause-oriented groups promoting environmental protection across the country.

He is a former vice chairman of the HARIBON Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, a non-stock, non-profit environmental organization that pioneered in wildlife protection and conservation in the Philippines.

He is also a co-convenor of the Subsidiary Movement International and the Federalist Forum of the Philippines. He is a member of the Centrist Democracy Political Institute.

He was chairman of the Sectoral Council on Economic Development of the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon, a position he held from 2004 to 2010. He was also a consultant of the Philippine Alternative Fuels Corporation from 2007 to 2008, and the PNOC Development and Management Corporation.

Mr. Camara was a trustee of the World Vision Foundation Philippines from 2000 to 2003, of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University from 1999-2005, and of Waldorf School from 1996 to 1998.

He was with the PCI Bank from 1980 to 1986, and worked as head of its Project Development, International Banking Division.

Mr. Camara obtained his Masters of Science in Agro-Industrial Development degree from Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business Management degree from the University of the Philippines - Los Banos.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors (BOD), Mr. Camara is a member of the Governance Committee and the Committee On Corporate Communications, Advertisement, Media, Press And Public Relations Of The Sbma.



Business and Investment

Gerald Sam del Rosario is an innovative operations executive with an exemplary record of exceeding profitability goals, turning around underperforming business units and driving increased revenues and market share.

He is the current chief operating officer of Wonderpark Amusement Corporation. He led the company's expansion by tying up with the biggest mall chains in the Philippines. He led the development and growth of the company and was responsible for all aspects of its operation, including sales and marketing, customer support, accounting and human resource.

Mr. del Rosario is also the current vice president of Treasure Amusement Corporation, which specializes in the operation of bingo halls and electronic casinos in Olongapo City, and founder and president of GC Topfoods, Co., GC Delco Corporation, and GC Subic Foods, Inc.

He was the corporate secretary of CKG Ventures Holding Corporation, where he initiated and conceptualized the renovation of the CKG Resort and re-launched it as Subic Grand Seas Resort in March 2010. The resort went on to become one of the premier resorts in the city of Olongapo and the town of Subic.

Mr. del Rosario earned his Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship degree from the Asian Institute of Management in 2002. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Management Entrepreneurship degree from the University of Asia and the Pacific in 1998.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors (BOD), Mr. del Rosario is a member of the BOD's Committee On Corporate Communications, Advertisement, Media, Press And Public Relations Of The Sbma.



Raul F. Marcelo first joined the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in March 2007 as deputy administrator for the Business and Investment Group, specifically tasked to handle tourism in the entire Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

In a few months’ time as deputy administrator, he was able to draw together the tourism stakeholders of the Freeport, which consequently made him establish “Team Subic Bay” with ease. He spearheaded numerous marketing endeavors, both in local and in foreign travel fairs and exhibitions, to aggressively promote Subic Bay as a premier tourist destination.

Under his baton, Subic Bay bagged two (2) tourism awards in 2008: the Top Marketing Award at the Second Philippine International Tourism Fair (PITF) in Cebu City and the Best Booth design at the 19th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Mr. Marcelo was also appointed as vice chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 19th Philippine Advertising Congress, one of the most prestigious gatherings of key players in the advertising industry. Following the said event, he chaired another Organizing Committee, the First Philippine MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) Conference, which pumped prime Subic Bay as a MICE destination in the Philippines. He was also responsible for bringing in the first cruise ship MV Spirit of Adventure to Subic Bay in February 2012.

Prior to joining the public service, Mr. Marcelo was assistant vice president for hotel operations of the Subic Legend Hotels and Casinos, the only deluxe hotel then in Subic Bay, wherein he administered the operations of the 155-room hotel.

Being a golf enthusiast, he also became the golf manager of Subic Bay Golf and Country Club. Earlier in his career, he worked in the banking and financing sector for twenty (20) years, rising through the ranks from account officer to vice president for marketing.

Mr. Marcelo spent his entire schooling years in San Beda College, Manila, graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Marketing in 1978.



National Government

Francis S. Garcia is an IT and software development expert who gained extensive experience from top software companies in the United States.

He was with QCP Inc. in San Diego, California, from 2000 to 2003 and concentrated on developing software for various mission-critical systems. He also worked for Qualcomm Incorporated from 1997 to 2000, and was a key part of the project that developed next generation phone level testing software.

Mr. Garcia also worked for Delta Technologies in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1996 to 1997, and was involved in the development of distributed systems application software involving real time sensing, processing and dissemination of mission-critical flight information for Delta Airlines' Operations Control Center.

He is currently the special assistant of Bataan governor Enrique Garcia and Bataan 2nd District representative Albert Garcia, and is tasked to research on various issues and concerns, and to recommend strategies and solutions.

Mr. Garcia earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1996, where he was in the Dean's List. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania under the dual degree program of Wharton and UPenn Engineering before transferring to Cornell.

He completed his secondary education at the Philippine Science High School in 1992, and his elementary education at the Colegio de San Agustin in 1988.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors (BOD), Mr. Garcia is a member of the BOD's Audit & Risk and Executive Committees.



Joseph D. Khonghun currently sits as a member of the Board of Administration of the National Electrification Commission (NEC), a government-owned and controlled corporation engaged in the provision of electricity to rural areas and the management of electric cooperatives in Philippines. He is also a member of the NEC's Credit and Risk Management Committee, Board Audit Committee and Board Governance Committee

Prior to being NEC director, Mr. Khonghun served as its commissioner from 2004 to 2007.

A civil engineer by profession, Mr. Khonghun was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Co., Inc. for eight (8) years. He likewise chaired the company's Business/Project Development Committee for Mariveles, Bataan.

For 11 years, he was general manager of Subic Aggregates Construction and Development, and president of NSD Construction and Development Corporation from 1978 to 1987.

Mr. Khonghun is the Immediate Past Master of the Freemasonry of the Philippines, a worldwide fraternal and civic movement that promotes brotherhood and good works. He was installed as Worshipful Master of the Pinatubo Lodge #52 in 2000, the highest honor to which a lodge may appoint any of its members.

His other civic involvements include being vice president of the Rotary Club Olongapo North, and member of the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Olongapo Chapter, and the Eaglecom Society of the Philippines.

He pursued his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at the Adamson University in Manila, and completed his secondary education at the Crusade's Academy.

Mr. Khonghun also attended the Corporate Governance Course of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). The ICD is a Philippine "institute of, for and by corporate directors and other reputational agents for corporate governance", which aims "to raise the standards for the professional practice of corporate directorship, and to work with partners in a joint pursuit of systemic corporate governance reforms in the Philippines and the East Asian region".



CYNTHIA CO PAULINO is an accountant by profession with a solid ten-year experience in the field as accountant and bookkeeper in two (2) private companies.

In 1990, Paulino shifted to restaurant management, establishing Yummie Bite Resto in Olongapo City after she developed its business plan, which included demand identification, market analysis, competitor evaluation, and sales projections. For the next eight (8) years in the business, she also exercised financial control, successfully meeting financial objectives through budget strategies and forecasts, which she herself developed and implemented.

As current first lady of Olongapo City, Paulino is actively involved in the planning of Olongapo City Fiesta 2013 as City Fiesta chairman. She is also the general manager of R2K Trading Exponents, Inc. and member of the Olongapo Jaycees and the Lions Club International.

Paulino is a Management graduate from Columban College, Olongapo City. She also took up Basic Computer Programming from the Systems Technology Institute. She finished her primary education at Anglo Chinese School as third honorable mention, and her high school at St. Anthony Parish Church in 1977 as fourth honorable mention.



Business and Investment

Wilfredo S. Pineda is a business professional who has invested in various automobile-related establishments in Olongapo City and Bataan.

He was the previous chairman of Precision Tek Corporation, a car service center and Yokohama tire distributor, and another similar company, Hannicwil Corporation, in Balanga, Bataan.

Mr. Pineda was also involved in managing gasoline stations. He was the chairman of Janburlai Corporation, a tollway service facility which included a gasoline station, a convenience store and a service center.

He was manager and dealer of Petron gasoline stations in Happy Valley, Dinalupihan, and Rizal Avenue, Olongapo City. He was also the proprietor and manager of W.S. Pineda Trading and Trucking which rents heavy equipment.

In addition to his business ventures, Mr. Pineda also owns a sugar cane plantation in Bataan.

Mr. Pineda finished his Electrical Engineering degree at the Far Eastern University in 1983. He also earned his Industrial Technology degree from De La Salle University in 1978.

He attended high school at Assumpta Technical High School and finished his grade school at San Simon Central School.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors (BOD), Mr. Pineda is chairman of the BOD's Finance and Audit and Risk Committee.



Joven D. Reyes has 36 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the private sector.

Prior to his appointment to the Board of SBMA, he was formerly vice president and business manager of Consumer Banking for Citibank in the Philippines, group president and CEO of Marsman & Company, Inc., president and CEO of The Prumerica Life Insurance Co., Inc., president and CEO of RCBC Bankard, Inc., and president and CEO of AIG PhilAm Bank/AIG Consumer Finance Group. Earlier in his career, he was brand manager of Procter & Gamble and vice president of Marketing for Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Reyes specializes in building businesses, launching new products and restructuring/turning around losing businesses. He tightly manages operations by installing planning and control systems, streamlining business processes, upgrading service delivery, and implementing automated IT support systems. He builds winning teams through a combination of recruitment and selection of the right people for the right jobs, focused training and development, and motivational reward and recognition systems.

Mr. Reyes has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Ateneo de Manila University (Summa Cum Laude & Class Valedictorian) and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School where he was recipient of the G. D. Searle International Fellowship Award for two years.



Mr. Ramon "Ramy" Diez Sesdoyro has a wealth of management, broadcast media, public relations, advertising, promotions, and private entrepreneurship experience behind him. He also has a special personal affinity to SBMA.

Mr. Diez Sesdoyro is a commerce graduate, with special training in Broadcast Management and Radio-TV Programming at the Syracuse University. He had study tours in Public and Commercial Channels in the US, France and Australia, and traveled extensively handling media arrangements for Presidential official trips and state visits, and commercial program syndication.

Over a span of almost 50 years, he has held various positions of responsibility from Advertising Agency Media Director (Ace-Compton, now Ace-Saatchi), to Manager, COO, Business entrepreneur, Marketing and Promotions specialist, Public Relations Practitioner and Publicist, Program and Events Organizer/Producer, among others.

He was Press Undersecretary during the term of President Fidel V. Ramos while managing the operations of Radio-TV Malacanang and for a time, the Bureau of Broadcast Services' government radio network.

His broadcast management experience ranged from running several radio stations in the early years of his career, to Manager of the Manila Times-owned Channel 5 and later General Manager of Channel 11 until the declaration of Martial Law. It culminated with his appointment by President Ramos as GM and CEO of the then People's Television Network, (now National Broadcasting Network), his third stint as TV Network CEO.

It is noteworthy that as Manager of the pre-martial law Channel 5he network became the leading News and Public Affairs Channel, with its Big News (Jose Mari Velez-Anchor), Impact with Ninoy Aquino, Over A Cup of Coffee with Teodoro Valencia, and iconic anthologies such as Balintataw, etc.

During the mid 70's and early 80's, he was tasked to oversee major media projects as Manager and/or Producer, the most notable of which were the live coverage of the Ms. Universe Pageant, the Ali-Frazier's Thrilla in Manila, state visits to China, Russia, USA, Japan, ASEAN, and official trips to Africa, Latin and South America.

He owned and/or controlled niche targeted companies, which specialized in Public Relations, Special Events and personal advocacies. He has since divested from these companies, and worked only on his advocacy projects until his appointment to the SBMA Board, where his management, marketing and promotional skills can be harnessed in pursuit of the "Matuwid na Daan" vision of the President. As Board member, he is also a member of the Governance and Audit and Risk Committees, and chairs the BOD's Committee on Corporate Communication, Advertising, Media, Public and Press Relations of SBMA.

Besides being a long-time resident of Binictican since 1995, he has a special attachment to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. At the time that R. A. 7227 was passed, creating the Agency, he was Press Undersecretary of President Ramos. In fact, he attended the historic first flag raising ceremony at Building 229 with President Ramos and Chairman Richard Gordon on November 24, 1992.



Private Sector

Engr. Alfonso S.P. Siapno is a seasoned businessman involved in several business enterprises in Pangasinan and Ilocos.

He is the proprietor and purchasing manager of A & S Miscellaneous Fabric Center, a general merchandise importer, and currently financial manager of Siapno Bros Grocery.

He was the managing director of Tru-Cars Motors Corporation, the sole distributor of Columbian Motors in Pangasinan. He was also director of Fort Ilocandia Cable, former president of Philemploy Recruitment Agency, and former general manager of AI's Engineering and Machinery, which specializes in design and construction.

Mr. Siapno earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Mapua Institute of Technology in 1974. He passed the electrical engineering board exam in 1975.

He finished his high school education at Dagupan City National High School in 1968, and his elementary education at Dominican School in 1964.

As a member of the SBMA Board of Directors (BOD), Mr. Siapno is a member of the BOD's Governance Committee and the Committee On Corporate Communications, Advertisement, Media, Press And Public Relations Of The Sbma.

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