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CEZA marks 24th anniversary

By:  Brenda Jocson

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan—The opening of its new satellite office in Tuguegarao City, sports competitions, and a job fair for Cagayanos are among activities scheduled this weekend in Santa Ana, Cagayan marking the 24th anniversary of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.

In a statement, Secretary Raul L. Lambino, CEZA Administrator and CEO, said the Authority will mark several firsts in its history, one of them being the inauguration of CEZA’s new office that has a training center for job seekers at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport.

Lambino said the ongoing construction of a sanitary landfill and several infrastructure projects will be inspected, and those in the pipeline will be unveiled, including groundbreaking of the Central Business District in Santa Ana during the anniversary celebrations on Feb. 25.

Groundbreaking for the Authority’s planned Corporate Center and Commercial Center will be held at an 11-hectare property newly acquired by CEZA in Barangay Rapuli, site of the proposed facilities to be built, such as hotel and condominium buildings, duty-free shopping malls and entertainment plaza.

The weeklong celebrations kick off Feb. 23 in Barangays Casambalangan, Rapuli, Diora Zinungan to San Vicente, where Lambino will lead in the coastal cleanup and tree-planting activities.

Sports competitions among CEZA employees and locators at the Cagayan Freeport and a medical and dental mission for residents of Santa Ana and nearby towns are scheduled Sunday. A job fair and a CEZA awards night to honor the Zone’s top performers will cap the first-day activities.

A CEZA Culinary Challenge featuring entries from Cagayan’s 28 municipalities and one city will be held Feb. 25 focusing on the food delicacies and rich marine products of the country’s No. 1 tourist destination in Northern Luzon.

Lambino said the rehabilitation and upgrading of Port San Vicente, just across from the scenic Palaui Island, are designed to allow the port to accommodate cruise vessels and RoRo ships.

Construction of three warehouses in Port Irene, he said, will start next month, the first step to expand the capacity of the cargo terminal.

Lambino said proponents of the most ambitious project, the proposed satellite city named City Polaris, will visit Santa Ana next month for pre-planning preparation and site inspection.

Urban planner LongRunn Capital Investment Ltd. of Singapore is the developer of the big-ticket integrated city resort.

CEZA will host the Regional Development Council meeting on Feb. 26 in Tuguegarao City where the CEZA board of directors will also hold its regular board meeting, chaired by Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Rowel Barba, representing Secretary Ramon Lopez.…


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