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.