Ocean Adventure in Subic may close down in 2 years

Ocean Adventure in Subic may close down in 2 years

-Ocean Adventure is facing closure because of its operator’s alleged violations

-SBMEI explained their side and denied allegations; blamed SBMA instead

-The agency ordered the theme park to shut down in 2 years

The Ocean Adventure in Subic faced with its closure due to breach of contract.

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The Ocean Adventure in Subic faced with its closure due to breach of contract.

In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said that they have issued a pre-termination of the contract to the Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), the popular theme park’s operator. SBMA cited multiple contract violations and failure to fulfill development commitment.

Ocean Adventure in Subic may close down in 2 years; reason gets revealed

The contract between the agency and the operator in 2007 included the development of 100 hectares of area. But according to SBMA, the firm failed to follow the commitment.

"Kasama po sa contractual obligations na hindi nila sinunod ay ang development commitment, kung saan pinangako nila na ang almost 100 hectares should have been developed already by this time," said Wilma Elsma, Chairman, and Administrator of SBMA.

Ocean Adventure in Subic may close down in 2 years; reason gets revealed

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The CEO and President of SBMEI, Robert Ianne Gonzaga denied the accusations. He explained that they had submitted plans for further development and that 20 hectares have already been developed in the area.

"Sabi nila mayroon daw failure to develop. OK, pero kayo nga 'yung nagtatali ng kamay namin para 'di makapag-develop e,"

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Elsma explained that the SBMA has already notified SBMEI of its violations in July and offered to provide guidance to solve the problems, but the company did not submit a proposal to correct the violations.

"Papano ko po sila mabibigyan ng konsiderasyon kung wala naman po silang binibigay na plano?”

“Sige po, hindi ko babawiin ang 100 hektaryang hawak nila, pero wala naman po silang plano at pera na kaya nilang i-develop ang property na iyon,"

However, she added that the agency has not yet closed its door for a renegotiation. But if an agreement will not be reached, Subic’s Ocean adventure will be shut down in two years.

Ocean Adventure in Subic may close down in 2 years; reason gets revealed

Upon the theme park’s closure, around 500 employees are in danger of losing their jobs.

Ocean Adventure is a marine conservatory and adventure park located in Subic Bay.

It is also the first and only open-water marine park in Southeast Asia. Founded by animal behaviorists and trainers where they let people get up close with sea animals.

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