■ENHANCED PORT OPERATIONS AT THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT LAUNCHES SOON
CEZA and Shiptek Solutions Corporation formalize partnership in the enhancement of the Cagayan Freeport’s port operations through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on March 16, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office.
Shiptek Solutions Corporation, through its Founder and CEO, Eugenio S. Ynion, Jr., and CEZA, through its Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul L. Lambino, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 16, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office. The MOU formalizes the partnership of the two parties in the enhancement of the ports at the Cagayan Freeport through the introduction of a new system that can help streamline the ports’ operations. The innovative technology, which is referred to as XLOG, is a fully integrated system with complete logistics system, and can track and document the movement of goods from their point of origin to their final destination, thus improving revenue capture and enhancing security. Said system is intended to be implemented this 2018.
■HALAL FOOD PROCESSING PLANT, A HIGH-RISE HOTEL AND A MID-RISE HOTEL WITH A DUTY-FREE MALL SOON TO RISE AT THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT
CEZA signs an MOU with M1 Worldwide Philippines, Inc. and Global Intellectual Capital (GIC) for the development of a 105-ha Halal food processing plant, a two-ha 25-storey hotel and a Acting Deputy Administrator; Mr. Ahmad Faris Mohd Noor, M1 Worldwide Phils., Inc. Vice Chairman, and Mr. Caesar P. Villapañe, Global Intellectual Capital Director, among others.four-storey seaside hotel with duty-free mall
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), M1 Worldwide Philippine, Inc. and Global Intellectual Capital (GIC) have agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 12, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office to develop a 105-hectare Halal Hub food processing plant, a two-hectare 25-storey hotel and a four-storey seaside hotel with duty-free mall at the Cagayan Freeport.
The MOU was signed by Sec. Raul L. Lambino, CEZA Administrator and CEO; Mr. Muhammad Aminuddin Abdullah II, M1 Worldwide Phils., Inc. CEO; and Mr. Tan Peng Kwan, GIC Group of Companies CEO. Also present to witness the MOU signing were Mr. Raymundo Roquero, CEZA
■CEZA TAKES ANOTHER LEAP TO ESTABLISH ONE OF THE FINEST FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY HUB IN ASIA
FinTech PH and CEZA sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 08, 2018 at the CEZA Pasig City Office to develop the economic zone into a financial technology hub
In recognition to the invaluable contribution of Financial Technology (Fintech) companies in worldwide trade and commerce and its potential to induce and accelerate a sound and balance industrial, economic and social development of the Cagayan Freeport, CEZA has recently collaborated with FinTech Philippines Association (FinTech PH) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by CEZA Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul L. Lambino, and FinTech PH Co-Founder, Mr. Thomas Laughlin. The MOU make the two parties partners in the shared strategic and cooperation priorities to support the development of regulations that shall promote sustainable growth of the Cagayan Freeport as a world-class hub for fintech organizations, ideas, talents and endeavors and to also support the organizations applying modern technologies, such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, alternatives to current financial infrastructure, and others to the current, and future, challenges with regard to financial activities and regulations applicable. This partnership is another step taken by CEZA towards its mission of making the Cagayan Freeport one of the leading financial technology hubs in Asia.
FinTech PH is a non-stock/non-profit association of FinTech organizations, individuals, and associates bound to encourage the development, growth, and success of FinTech within the Philippines.
■CEZA ADVANCES POWER DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CAGAYAN FREEPORT
CEZA inks MOU to undertake the development of a Power Master Plan
CEZA A/CEO Sec. Raul L. Lambino and DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd. Business Development Head Yatin Premchand signs MOU to advance power development in the Cagayan Freeport
CEZA, through its Administrator and CEO, Sec. Raul L. Lambino, inks a Memorandum of Agreement with DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd., through its Business Development Head, Mr. Yatin Premchand, on March 06, 2018 for the development of a power master plan for CEZA. In this agreement, CEZA hopes to be able to determine the current state of this Authority’s energy access, infrastructure and resource constraints, to deploy viable solutions to meet CEZA’s development objectives, actionable projects, timelines, gaps and opportunities, and to develop an implementation support plan for CEZA’s opportunities in relation to energy development.
DNV GL Singapore Pte. Ltd. is a Singaporean company that provides independent testing, inspections and advisory services for the energy value chain, including wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations.
■23rd CEZA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
February 24, 2018 marked CEZA’s 23rd anniversary. The CEZA personnel commemorated the occasion through a simple celebration done separately by the Cagayan team on February 24 and by the Manila team on February 26, both of which were joined by CEZA A/CEO Sec. Raul L. Lambino and the rest of the top management. The commemoration was also an opportunity for CEZA personnel to review their past performance and for the new management to gauge their plans and accomplishments so far. Being an ISO 9001:2015 certified, CEZA is committed to provide the highest quality of products and services to provide excellent customer satisfaction.
■ISO 9001:2015 OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION
CEZA is now ISO 9001:2015 certified! On February 26, 2018, Ma. Melanie Olbita, general manager of the International Standard Certification Philippines Inc., officially turned over CEZA’s certificate of registration to Sec. Raul Lambino, CEZA’s administrator and chief executive officer. Leonardo Cruz, CEZA’s Special Assistant to the A/CEO who chaired the Authority’s Quality Management System Core Team, said that the certification is a significant milestone for CEZA as it demonstrates the Authority’s dedication to consistently provide the highest standards of products and services to meet its customers’ satisfaction. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization, with a membership of 162 countries including the Philippines, which has developed international standards to ensure that customers receive consistently high-quality products and services.
■ISO 9001-2015 STAGE 2 AUDIT
After achieving Stage 1 Audit last February 6, 2018, CEZA leaped to another milestone for the Stage 2 Final Audit at CEZA Pasig Office on February 13, 2018. International Certification Standardization (ISC) Global, the accredited certifying body for ISO 9001:2015, has finally endorsed and commended CEZA, after an extensive audit to the Authority’s internal operations of its three (3) offices (Pasig, Tuguegarao, Santa Ana). The audit has revealed that CEZA demonstrates effective implementation of quality management system and provides evidence of excellent services to its customers and clients. This also proves that the agency is continuously striving for excellence in the name of public service.
■ISO 9001-2015 STAGE 1 AUDITThe Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) underwent the Stage 1 Audit of the ISO 9001:2015 (International Organization for Standardization) at CEZA Pasig Office on February 06, 2018 hurdling the initial steps towards world-class quality management system the certifying body, International Certification Standardization (ISC) Global consisted of Ms. Melanie L. Olbita as the General Manager, Mr. Leo Enrico S. Salano as the Lead Auditor and Ms. Irene P. Calantog, Auditor. The area audited included Context of the Organization, Leadership, Planning, Support, Operation, Performance Evaluation and Improvement. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. ■SINO SUN GROUP CEZA Administrator and CEO, Secretary Raul L. Lambino welcomed the group of Sino Sun Subic Bay Holdings Corporation headed by their Chairman Samuel PS Lim in signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 1, 2018 at the CEZA Board Room, Pasig City. The signing ceremony was also joined by CEZA Top Officials and Sino Sun Executives who signed as witnesses during the ceremony.The MOU confirms the cooperation between the two institutions which aims to conduct a feasibility study for infrastructural and economic development to attract and support future investments in the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP). It will likewise include a study on establishing a FinTech City at the zone which will cater to and support financial technology industries such as block chain center, cryptocurrency mining farm, financial technology start-up incubators and cryptocurrency exchange, among others, which will not only create significant employment opportunities but will also put the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport on the international financial map.
■SHANGHAI GRID ELECTRIC POWER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (SHGE) On Wednesday, February 1, 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority spearheaded by Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Secretary Raul L. Lambino and Shanghai Grid Electric Power Science and Technology Co., Ltd., (SHGE) represented by its Chairman, Lei Li at the CEZA Boardroom in Pasig City.The objective is to develop the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport as a self-sustaining industrial, commercial, investment, financial and tourism-recreational center as it opens itself to business opportunities with attractive incentives and advantages for interested investors that would like to register in CEZA.The Shanghai Grid Electric Power Science and Technology Co., Ltd (SHGE) aims to bring in investment within the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport in the form of a 200-megawatt coal power plant and its supporting industrial parts, operations, power generation and related business activities.The signing was also joined by CEZA Top Officials and SHGE Executives who signed as witnesses during the ceremony. ■MVP ASIA PACIFIC INC. (MVP)/ TRIVICITI GLOBAL LIMITED (TRIVICITI) A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Cagayan Economic Zone Authority headed by its Administrator and CEO Secretary Raul L. Lambino, MVP Asia Pacific Inc. (MVP) represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Darren Mcvean and TRIVICITI Global Limited (TRIVICITI) represented by Chief Executive Officer, Mark A. Bond. The signing was a kick start cooperation between the three institutions in CEZA’s collective effort to develop a commercial investment center at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP).The purpose of this MOU is to explore, plan and scope out the work required to achieve the objective of making the Cagayan Economic Zone and its surrounding areas, a world class smart city center in the Philippines.The brief ceremony was held on February 1, 2018 at the CEZA Boardroom in Pasig City. ■Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking 02 CEZA joins The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in celebrating the International Day Against Trafficking (IDAT) activity which aims to promote awareness on Human Trafficking with a theme “Wakasan ang Human Trafficking, Ito’y Ating Tungkulin”.In Photo: Head Technical Assistant and Officer-in-Charge of CEZA Cagayan Offices Laurence M. Umayam receives Certificate of Appreciation awarded to CEZA by DSWD and IACAT for its continuous and active support in the realizationof the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking’s goal to eliminate human trafficking in Region IITrafficking’s goal to eliminate human trafficking in Region II ■CEZA PAMASKONG HANDOG 2017 WITH LGU-STA. ANA
Every December, CEZA expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the community by holding gift-giving activities. For this activity, CEZA invites its locators and other supporters to participate in the event through sponsorship or donation of gift packages. CEZA, then organizes a thanksgiving and children’s party and goes around the area to distribute gifts.
On December 4-5, 2017, 700 grocery packages were distributed to indigent families in the various barangays. This was made possible with the sponsorship of CEZA locator, Cagayan Holiday and Leisure Resort Co.
On December 09, 2017 CEZA, headed by Laurence M. Umayam, Officer-in-Charge of CEZA Cagayan Offices together with Mayor Darwin Tobias of LGU- Sta. Ana held its yearly “Pamaskong Handog” activity participated in by 350 children and their parents/guardian.
■ November 21, 2017Sec. Lambino visits flood victims; distributes relief goods
Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Administrator & CEO Sec. Raul L. Lambino together with Officer-in-Charge of CEZA Cagayan Offices Laurence M. Umayam and CEZA Board of Directors Mr. Jaime Escano, Mr. Arturo Baustista, Mr. Ernesto Fueconcillo and Mr. Jose Balagan Sr. visited the flood hit barangays in Santa Ana, Cagayan on November 18, 2017 to personally oversee the distribution of relief goods to the families affected by flooding and landslide due to heavy rains brought by the convergence of the Northeast Monsoon and the tail-end of a cold front last November 4-8.
Sec. Lambino in partnership with the officials of the Local Government Unit of Santa Ana distributed the relief goods in an activity dubbed as ALAY KAPWA PARA SA MGA NASALANTA NG BAHA 2017.
The devastation caused two casualties and has affected 5, 773 families, of which 29 houses were totally washed out. Sec. Raul Lambino directed OIC Umayam and CEZA officials to immediately take all the needed steps to ensure that relief services are provided speedily, to cover all the 16 barangays of the municipality of Santa Ana.
■ CEZA Disaster Response Team in Action:
Since November 1-8, 2017 a Low Pressure Area has brought continuous heavy rains upon Cagayan and some adjacent Provinces in the Region. The CEZA Disaster Response Team composed of the Environment, Security, Community Development, Engineering and Support Services headed by MR. LAURENCE A. UMAYAM, CEZA OIC Sta. Ana have anticipated the aggravating effects of this developing weather condition by taking the following actions:
The Team disseminated advisories together with the Local Government Unit of Sta Ana/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Local PNP and other friendly forces to the concerned barangays to warn the public.
CEZA Disaster Response Team together with the uniformed services consisting of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and other friendly forces augmented their search and rescue (SAR) assets already operating in the entire municipality, to include the following:
CEZA Heavy Equipments such as the bulldozer and backhoe carried to the sites to rescue in the clearing of landslides in Dalupang, San Vicente, Visitacion, Kapanikian, Casagan, Rapuli and some affected Barangays of Sta Ana;
Pre-emptive evacuations were conducted at the Barangay level. However, some residents particularly in the area of San Vicente, Cagayan initially refused but eventually acceded to be evacuated;
CEZA backhoe does the deeper excavation of drainage canals along side of the roads within Barangays of Centro and Visitacion to fasten discharge flood water; and
The team also joined the PNP and local officials for the search and rescue of some noted casualties in the affected areas.
FAMILIES AFFECTED WITH FLOOD
BARANGAY AND NO. OF AFFECTED FAMILIES
STA CLARA – 263
MAREDE – 166
CASAGAN – 170
PARADA BATU – 90
STA CRUZ – 120
TANGATAN – 453
PALAWIG – 725
SAN VICENTE – 1171
CASAMBALANGAN – 125
VISITACION - 220
RAPULI – 177
DIORA ZINUNGAN – 200
CENTRO - 1329
KAPANIKIAN – 213
PATUNUNGAN – 328
TOTAL – 5,773
TOTAL NO. OF CASUALTIES
BARANGAY: SAN VICENTE and RAPULI
TOTAL – 2
TOTALLY WASHED OUT HOUSES AFFECTED BY LANDSLIDES/SOIL EROSIONS = 29
■ October 03, 2017 to PresentCEZA Pasig Office Quality Management System Sessions for ISO 9001:2015
CEZA is currently working on its accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 and organized a Quality Management System (QMS) Core Team to undergo the necessary preparations for the said accreditation.
CEZA endeavors to improve internal efficiency and effectiveness, provide quality service to its customers, enhance customer satisfaction and improve its overall performance as a government-owned and controlled corporation.
■ October 16-19, 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa
CEZA attended the 2017 International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Conference on October 16-19, 2017 at Johannesburg, South Africa. The IAGR is composed of representatives from various gaming regulatory organizations throughout the world. Every year, IAGR gathers to encourage and promote cooperation, share information and develop best practices in the gaming industry.■ Oct. 09, 2017
PICC , Manila
■ Sept. 30-Oct. 06, 2017 Tokyo, Japan CEZA also participated in the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan (PIPP) Campaign on September 30 to October 06, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. This is an annual campaign participated by the country’s investment promotions agencies and aims to promote the Philippines as an investment option to specific targeted markets worldwide.
■ Sept. 04-09, 2017 Vladivostok, Russia
CEZA was part of the Philippine delegation led by DTI sent to conduct a trade and investment scoping mission and to participate in the Eastern Economic Forum on September 04-09, 2017 at Vladivostok, Russia. The mission aimed to promote Philippine trade and investment opportunities to Russian importers and buyers of food products, government representatives of the Primorsky Territory, officials and members of the Primorsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry, officials of the commercial port of Vladivostok, and the Far Eastern Development Corporation. Philippine delegates included representatives from CEZA, the Department of Agriculture (DA), PEZA, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Philippines-Russia Business Council (PRBC), the Philippine-Russian Business Assembly, Inc. (PRBA), and the Mindanao Banana Farmers & Exporters Association (MBFEA). This opportunity became a significant platform to increase trade and investment between the country and Russia. The country intends to supply Russia high-quality export products of food and agricultural products, garments, personal care products. It also offers opportunities in electronics, IT-BPM, tourism, retail trade, oil and gas, aerospace, energy, and, parallel with the current administration’s “Build Build Build” program, investment potential in the sectors of infrastructure and public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
■ August 05-12, 2017 Australia
CEZA was part of the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan (PIPP) Investment Roadshow delegation that visited Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia on August 05-12, 2017. The event was organized by the Board of Investments (BOI), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Australia-Philippines Business Council and was participated by the heads of CEZA, the Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), Zamboanga City Economic Zone Authority (ZCEZA) and BOI Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The roadshow spurred interest of potential Australian investors, particularly in agriculture, ecotourism and outsourcing, which are said to be the areas of deep interest for Australian investors.