Medical center, duty free outlets to rise in CEZA as Lambino reports plans
By: Gerard Josef Lucena (Northern Forum.net) November 21, 2017
Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Administrator and Chief Executive Officer lawyer Raul Lambino said a 100 to 300 bed-capacity medical center will soon be built in Santa Ana, Cagayan.
Lambino said the “world class” medical center costs P110 million sourced from CEZA’s corporate fund.
This as the CEZA chief laid out the office’s plans for the next 18 months during a special meeting of this region’s Infrastructure Development Committee on Saturday, November 18.
The lawyer said the planned medical center will serve both tourists and residents. He will also closely coordinate with the office of Governor Manuel Mamba, who is also IDC chair, for a “point of care system.”
“If people cannot be accommodated in regional medical center in Tuguegarao, maybe the facilities that we are planning to put up in the CEZA medical center can address the concern of our people here in Cagayan,” he said.
Aside from the medical center, construction of CEZA’s training center in this city’s regional center will begin next month contract. Lambino said P20 million will be coming from their corporate fund for the said center.
Additionally, construction of CEZA’s new administration building in Santa Ana, Cagayan will also push through with an allotted fund of P40 million.
CEZA also plans to build their own landfill using their corporate fund. Lambino said the towns of Gonzaga, Santa Teresita, and Bugueymay take use the landfill in Santa Ana. They are also eyeing the practice of clean solid waste management.
Lambino reported to the IDC that they are already negotiating with possible proponents for biomass waste-clear energy. He said the proponent firms come from Korea, Australia, and Japan.
Meanwhile, Lambino shared to IDC members CEZA’s plans within next three years. This includes a construction of duty-free outlets and hotels in Santa Ana.
Secretary Lambino said he is talking with the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary and Cagayano Silvestre Bebot Bello III on their plans to issue CEZA duty-free outlet cards for families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
He said they will also “coordinate closely” with the Department of Tourism, Department of Finance, and Bureau of Customs.