SBMA chief cited for governance in Asia Leaders Awards 2019

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma received recognition for excellence in governance during the Asia Leaders Awards 2019, which acknowledge leaders who promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and beyond.

Eisma was bestowed the “Woman of the Year” award, along with five other women executives who excelled in their respective fields during a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City on Tuesday night.

The American Association of the Philippines (AAP), a nonprofit organization which helped organize this year’s awards, presented the award to the SBMA chief.The other “Woman of the Year” awardees were Fila President and CEO Cris Albert; Ayala Land Inc. Senior Manager Mariana Zobel de Ayala; GRBank Senior Executive Vice President and COO Elizabeth Timbol; Richprime Global Inc. President and CEO Myrna Yao; and Asian Tigers Mobility VP and CEO Virginia Lane.

In the same ceremony, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno received the “Man of the Year” award, which was also given to former Senator Manny Villar, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo , Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Dito Telecommunity Corp. CEO Dennis Uy and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.

In receiving the award for governance, Eisma expressed gratitude for having been recognized for her role as head of the SBMA, which manages the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

“It is certainly humbling to know that the movers and shakers in the Asian and Philippine business circles view the SBMA as one of the premier institutions significantly contributing to the country’s economic growth and stability,” Eisma said. “I am deeply honored and grateful.”

The award was the latest recognition that Eisma has received since becoming SBMA chairman and administrator in late 2017.

According to Engr. Grace Bondad-Nicolas, cofounder of the TAG Media Group that organized the event, the Asia Leaders Awards recognizes individuals “who not only exemplify great leadership among their peers, but also offer solutions to the problems of the country and our nation.”

“Above all, we award individuals who go beyond to demonstrate an outstanding achievement for the welfare of others,” she added.

AAP Chairman Rick Sobreviñas, a member of the awards committee this year, also said that it was “important to recognize the contributions of outstanding leaders who move society forward and find better ways to deliver value to their customers or stakeholders, as well as advance the economic development of our country.”

Aside from the “Woman of the year” and “Man of the Year” awards, the major citations during the Asia Leaders Awards 2019 included “Young CEO of the Year,” sponsored by the Embassy of Malaysia; “CEO of the Year,” given by the Embassy of Korea; “Businessman of the Year,” from the Philippine Korean Council; and “Entrepreneur of the Year,” which was handed out by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.

Among those who sat in the ALA awards committee this year were: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines Han Dong-man; Sobreviñas; Deputy Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Rizany Irwan Muhamad Mazlan; Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice Chairman Eric Yam; and Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez.

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