About CEZA


Vision & Mission

We envision a fully developed Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport to be a vibrant hub of diverse and sustainable industries and dynamic economic activities in Asia Pacific, thereby catalyzing inclusive growth and local development in Northern Philippines.

We are an innovative professional management group bound by common values of social responsibility, service orientation, transparency and accountability committed to fulfilling the mandate of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.


CEZA CEO - Jose Mari B. PonceAdministrator Jose Mari B. Ponce is a Career Executive Service Professional backed by more than twenty years of solid experience in the government service with expertise in resource mobilization and negotiations for Official Development Assistance, project development and management, agribusiness, integrated area development and rural development.

Administrator Ponce is a former Acting Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform for which he has been recognized with several awards, among which are Citations for Resource Mobilization by the UN-FAO, the Undersecretary’s Award for Excellence from different institutions, and a Citation from the World Bank in line with the implementation of Agrarian Reform Communities Development Projects.

He was appointed as Administrator, Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in 2004, the first and only Gaming Jurisdiction in Asia and one of the fastest growing economic zones in the Philippines today currently with 102 locators, 46 of which are involved in I-Gaming and Support Services. He is a regular speaker and panelist in interactive gaming conventions and conferences in the region.

CEZA’s Board of Directors

Chairman: Sec. Ramon M. Lopez
Vice-Chairman / Acting Chairman: Jose Mari B. Ponce
Member / Acting Vice-Chairman: Katrina C. Ponce-Enrile
Members: Milton A. Alingod
Geary L. Barias
Darwin A. Tobias
Shalimar D. Tumaru
Jose D. Balagan
Ernesto J. Fueconcillo
Acting Members: Alfonso V. Lim
Allan Ty
Jaime Roque Escaño
Vicente Cuevas
Corporate Board Secretary: Atty. Victoria M. Perez
Legal Basis: (CEZA) Republic Act No. 7922, otherwise known as “The Cagayan Economic Zone Act of 1995″