The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has suspended the iron ore transshipment operations of a Brazilian company after residents in nearby Olongapo City recently complained of spillage and water discoloration in Subic Bay during strong rains.
The government has been retrieving artifacts that were looted from a shipwreck in Subic Bay, hoping to protect these irreplaceable items from a sunken ship near Grande Island in March.
By Robert Gonzaga
The Subic Bay, one of the country’s top tourism destinations, possesses a deep harbor protected by mountains and the Grande Island, making it an ideal port for vessels and site for the once US naval base—the American government’s largest military installation outside of the mainland from the late 1940s to the early 1990s.
An independent investigation initiated by the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce has concluded that a US Navy contractor violated Philippine laws when it dumped waste from an American ship outside Subic waters in October.
By Gil C. Cabacungan
A US Navy contractor violated Philippine environmental laws by dumping toxic waste into Subic Bay in October, Senate investigators found Wednesday.