Former Antique town mayor is new SBMA head

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THE former mayor of Pandan in Antique Jonathan Tan has formally assumed his post as chairman and administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) during the turnover ceremony held Tuesday this week at the grand lobby of the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC).
Tan symbolically received the reins of the SBMA as Board of Director Atty. Tomas Lahom III handed over the SBMA flag together with the rest of the directors behind him and other agency officials and members of the media who witnessed the simple rites.
Tan, a public servant and businessman who served as mayor of Pandan, Antique for three consecutive terms, was appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. last April 28 and was sworn into office by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin.
Tan acknowledged the support he has been receiving since day one. At the same time, he also urged everyone to continue the synergy and cooperation as he cited an African philosophy.
“’I am because we are’ – an African philosophy of Ubuntu, which reminds us that our sense of self is shaped by our relationship with others. My success is your success, and your failure is my failure. Let’s not just lift ourselves up, but lift our colleagues as well. And whatever it is that we do individually and collectively, reflects the leadership of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority,” he said.
My dear colleagues, some say that public service is a thankless profession. But I encourage you to look at your glass half-full rather than half-empty because when you change your perspective, you begin to see the world from a different light. We can all be great when we serve others,” he added.  
Tan also vowed to continue his trademark initials “JDT,” which stands for Jobs, Development, and Tourism.
Tan replaced former Olongapo City mayor Rolen Paulino, whose courtesy resignation was accepted by Malacañang on April 15. Paulino has recently been appointed to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) as a member of the Board of Directors.

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