SBMA buys patrol vehicles worth P9.8M
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) purchased eight pick-up trucks in an effort to beef up its degraded capacity to conduct security patrols and emergency response.
The agency implemented a belt tightening program in recent years due to reduced revenue coupled with allegations of corruption during the last administration.
The vehicles purchase amounted to P9.8 million and were acquired through the agency-to-agency procurement service of the Department of Budget and Management.
“It’s part of our desire to level up security and safety in the Subic Bay Freeport,” Garcia said of the procurement. “We need reliable service vehicles so that we can respond to security and emergency calls faster and safer.”
Garcia said the procurement of the patrol vehicles is just the start of the SBMA’s capital expenditure program this year, after the agency made an outstanding financial performance in 2013 with a recorded all-time high net profit of P1 billion.
“More good things are coming our way, because we now have the means to have them,” he said.
Garcia added that the SBMA also intends to buy new dump trucks, undertake road repairs and improve infrastructure as part of its investment promotion program.