From InterAksyon (Mar 5): U.S. Ambassador Goldberg in Subic, gets 'introduced' to BRP Alcaraz
US Ambassador Philip Goldberg tours the BRP Ramon Alcaraz at Subic Bay, with Capt. Ernesto Baldovino. HANDOUT PHOTO FROM U.S. EMBASSY IN MANILA
SUBIC BAY, Philippines - U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg concluded a successful trip to Subic Bay and Olongapo on Monday (March 3, 2014), holding meetings with Mayor Rolen C. Paulino, and other city officials, visiting the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and touring the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16). one of two former US Coast Guard cutters now being used by the Philippines to boost maritime patrols.
At meetings with Mayor Paulino, Police Chief Supt.Raul Petrasanta, and Col. Pedrito Delos Reyes, Goldberg discussed local concerns and how the Embassy and local governments can work together to address important issues. He thanked the Philippine government for dedicating valuable resources to combat human trafficking and for its support for increasing the number of U.S. troop visits to Olongapo and expanding the Liberty Area for visiting U.S. sailors.
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 Goldberg that 2013 was a record year for new investments in the Freeport and for SBMA profits.
The ambassador 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 U.S.-Philippine partnership is a positive contribution to Philippine maritime security.