About CEZA


Vision & Mission


“Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport is an international gateway and vibrant hub of diverse and sustainable industries, dynamic economic activities in Asia Pacific, which catalyzes inclusive growth and local development in Northern Philippines.”


To develop, promote, manage and operate the CSEZFP as a viable investment hub for transshipment/logistic services, agro-industrial business, and attractive tourist destination in order to generate new local and foreign investment, income and employment parallel with the development of infrastructure support system to priority industry sectors.


The Administrator and CEO

CEZA CEO - Jose Mari B. Ponce


Secretary Raul L. Lambino was appointed member of the Cabinet by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 5, 2017, and is the present Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.

Before his appointment, Lambino was reviewer and lecturer in Remedial Law and Political Law for more than twenty (20) years and managing director of Lambino Law Firm, which handles corporate and litigation cases. He was the lone voice in the press and on television and radio of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her long, difficult detention on trumped-up charges filed by the previous administration of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III against her.

As Mrs. Arroyo’s legal spokesman from 2010 to 2016, Lambino handled the job with aplomb and political savvy.  It was a remarkable quality that the Filipino public first noticed in him some years earlier, when he was appointed by then President Arroyo as member of the 2005 Constitutional Consultative Commission, and in 2006 when he led with distinction as strategist and campaign spokesman of the “Sigaw ng Bayan” group that called for people’s initiative to reform the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Since 2016, he has been Lead Convener of the PDU30 Constitutional Reformers (CORE) to Federalism. From 2006 to 2008, he was vice president for Constitutional Reforms of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).

The issue in the new millennium has shifted to social and economic development—about giving every Filipino his due, Lambino says. “One cannot be politically empowered when he is not socially and economically stable in life.”

His primary advocacy is to reform the structure of government. He has taken on the mantle as campaign stalwart in President Duterte’s drive to fulfil his campaign promise to shift the country to a Federal System of government.

His experience in commercial law practice and involvement with the International Chamber of Commerce, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and various business councils are most helpful and indispensable in his new job.

Lambino is the Vice-President for International Affairs and leads the International Department of President Duterte’s ruling party, PDP Laban.  He was formerly the Party’s Deputy Secretary-General for Constitutional Reforms.

He was Executive Director and Secretary-General of Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats and represented the party as a delegate to the Centrist Democrats International (CDI) Executive Committee Conferences in Beirut, Lebanon (January 2012); in Rome, Italy (December 2011), and in Brussels, Belgium (June 2011) and as representative to the various exchange programs with the Communist Party of China in the 1990s and 2000s.

He is the founding Chairman and President of the Asia Pacifica Oriente United Business Council, Inc.  Likewise, he is a Director of the International Chamber of Commerce.

He is the President of the Regional Ambassador Club of Quezon City; the Vice-President and Corporate Secretary of the Association for Philippines-China Understanding with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as its Chairperson.

Lambino also served as Chief of Staff of Sen. Loren Legarda during the late 1990s; Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. during the late 1980s and early 1990s; and consultant in the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives in 2001 to 2016.

He took Masters in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines-Diliman Quezon City; and had attended courses and conferences about International Law, International Finance, Diplomacy and other subjects in Europe, Asia and the US.

He is a recipient of several awards, citation and commendation both here and abroad, the latest one was given by the US-Philippine Society in Washington D.C. when he delivered his address on Philippine Reform for Federalism and by the China Urban Infrastructure Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China when he delivered his speech on the Economic Development of the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

He finished his Bachelor of Laws, Cum Laude and Valedictorian at the University of Pangasinan in 1986 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Cum Laude in 1981, also at the University of Pangasinan.

He took up High School at the Saint Philomenas Academy and graduated with honours in 1974. He finished his elementary school with honours at the Dilan Elementary School in 1970.

He is married to Marilyn de Guzman Lambino, now Director of John Hay Management Corporation in Baguio City.

He has three children, Mark Ronald, a graduate of the Philippine Science High School, University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila for his Masters in Public Management. He is now the Senior Executive Assistant of PAGCOR.

Rhauline, a lawyer-economist who graduated in Economics and Juris Doctor both in UP, now the Managing Partner of the Lambino Law Firm in Quezon City.

Rhaquel, a lawyer, who graduated Political Science in UP, Juris Doctor in Ateneo de Manila, and head of the Litigation and Labor Department of the Lambino Law Firm.


Board of Directors

Chairman: Sec. Ramon M. Lopez
Acting Chairman: Usec. Rowel S. Barba
Members: Katrina C. Ponce-Enrile
Antonio G. Buendia, Jr.
Milton A. Alingod
Leon G. Montemayor
Arturo P. Bautista
Darwin A. Tobias
Shalimar D. Tumaru
Allan U. Ty
Jaime Roque Escaño
Jose D. Balagan, Sr.
Ernesto J. Fueconcillo
Corporate Board Secretary: Atty. Joy Catherine P. Alameda
Legal Basis: (CEZA) Republic Act No. 7922, otherwise known as “The Cagayan Economic Zone Act of 1995”