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The Santa Ana Hotel, Resorts and Restaurant Association or SAHARRA is a group formed by the owners of these establishments. CEZA’s assistance is limited to consultation and planning about their activities and projects they intend to implement.

The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority implements its advocacy of inspiring social development not only in the Cagayan Freeport and Cagayan Valley Region but in the entire Philippines as a whole. This task is part of CEZA’s mandate and moral obligation to the underprivileged sector and tasked to undertake the following social services:

  1. Supplemental Feeding Program

Under nutrition in the Philippines continues to be a significant problem especially among children. The damage to health, physical growth and brain development of children affected by chronic under nutrition is often irreversible, impairing them for life and leaving them with lower chances of finishing school and becoming highly productive adults.

In Cagayan based on the report of Food and Nutrition Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) on the Prevalence of Malnourished among Children Less Than 5 Years Old for Year 2015, 20.1% (1 out of 5) are underweight, 29.0 (3 out of 10) are stunting, 7.2 (7 out of 100) are wasting and 3.8 (4 out of 100) are overweight.

Children need to be physically healthy and mentally upright to function properly in our society to sustain and ensure that children are eating the right foods especially to the lowly and financially unstable.

The sixty (60) days Feeding Program is the most outreached solution we could offer. Basically, it’s a best preparation to pre-school students on public school so they will encourage to eat healthy foods.

We will be able to see progress from the malnourished children as they gain weight. Undeniably two (2) months will be too short to see progress, but this project also aspires to teach parents on proper health and nutrition, home management, environmental and spiritual education. Annual Supplemental Feeding Programs conducted are the following:

Year 2017 (Phase 8) – Barangay Dungeg – 110 children – October to December

Year 2018 (Phase 9) – Barangay Marede – 110 children – September 20 to        November 26

Year 2019 (Phase 10) -Barangay Tangatan – 120 children -August 29 to October 27

No feeding program conducted during the pandemic.

  1. Nutrition Month Celebration

CEZA sponsored the Municipal Cook Festival in Sta. Ana, Cagayan as participation in the celebration of Nutrition Month on July 29, 2019. There were 13 barangays who participated in the event.

  1. Medical, Dental and Optical Mission (Consultation Services, Provision of Free Medicines, Cervical Check-Up, Prostate Screening, Eye Check -Up and Free Eye Glasses and Free Haircut)

The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is bounded with social responsibility to provide and assist in delivering basic social services to the communities within the zone. Data from the Municipal Health Office of Sta. Ana Cagayan revealed that the leading causes of morbidity were infectious diseases. The top ten causes were communicable in nature and the other was non-infectious diseases in nature. Respiratory diseases top ranked, followed intestinal and urinary tract infection, malaria, hypertension and anemia. In this regard, and in celebration for the CEZA anniversary activities, Medical, Dental and Optical Mission is conducted.

February 24, 2019 – 686 recipients

February 23, 2021 – 345 recipients

February 21, 2022 – 479 recipients

Operation Tuli

It was conducted in coordination with Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines (ORNAP), Fr. Gerry Fillippetto Memorial Hospital, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Philippine College of Surgeon – North Eastern Luzon Center on April 13-14, 2019 with 228 children-recipients.


CEZA likewise participate to bloodletting activities initiated by the Local Government Unit of Santa Ana.

  1. Annual distribution of School Materials dubbed as “Handog Sa Kabataan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan”

Year 2019

A total of 977 day care pupils received school materials on June 21, 2019. Activity was sponsored by Cagayan Holiday Resort (Sun City). Also, a total of 7,860 public high school and elementary students on August 1 to September 26, 2019. Activity was sponsored by Eastern Hawaii Leisure Company Limited (EHLCL). During the pandemic, this activity was suspended.

  1. Gift-Giving

CEZA initiates its annual gift-giving to children of Sta. Ana as a manifestation of its undying way in reaching out of the community. It is also a way to bring and offer CEZA’s service closer to the community. Our desire is to share the love of our Creator by putting is love into action through our caring ways and teaching children the extreme joy and blessing that comes from giving to others. Similarly, Cagayan Holiday Resort shall also give gifts with rice and canned goods to indigent families.  Even at the time of the pandemic, gift-giving activities were still undertaken. Aside from the basic commodities that are usually given, we included health and hygiene kits.

  1. Relief Operation

CEZA initiated relief operation for the victims of flash flood due to continuous torrential rain and turned-over relief packs to the Municipality of Sta. Ana through Mayor Nelson P. Robinion during the onslaught of Typhoon Ramon and Typhoon Sarah just this month. Likewise, COMDEV staffs ere members of the CEZA Quick Response Team.

  1. Preparation and Updating of Organizational Profiles of CEZA-assisted Multi-Sectoral Groups. Updated list of CEZA-assisted organizations is presented on the previous pages.
  2. Completed profiles of sixteen (16) Barangays of the Municipality of Sta. Ana
  3. Community-Based Tourism Projects
    • Launching of Dumasag Eco-Tourism Project on
    • Launching of Buwacag Eco-Tourism Project in Barangay Sta. Clara, Sta. Ana, Cagayan on April 11, 2019
    • Launching of Pananacpan Eco-Tourism Project on March 9, 2022 in Sitio Pananacpan, Barangay Patununungan, Santa Ana, Cagayan

Tourism industry at the Cagayan Freeport is equally overwhelmed and it was confronted with an unprecedented challenge due to COVID-19 pandemic. The government’s strategies to present its transmission such as community lockdowns, physical distancing, travel bans and mobility restrictions have resulted to temporary closure. After which, government authorities have started to ease some of the restrictions but again challenged due to uncertainties on rising number of cases. Hence, it recorded a significant decrease of tourist arrival.

Year Foreign Domestic Total
2020 5,831 7,833 13,664
2019 143,973 105,430 249,403
2018 256,143 72,184 328,327
2017 279,159 26,068 305,227
2016 251,066 28, 172 279,238

This situation has affected the lives of tourism related community enterprises, the table presents an apparent decline of their income.

  1. Compliance to Mandatory Reports and Licenses of Organizations
    1. Palaui Island Honey Hunters Marketing Cooperative
      • Facilitated renewal of Mayor’s Permit, Submission of Annual Report and processing of Certificate of Compliance to Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), File Tax Exemption to BIR, External Audit of Financial Statement.
    2. PEPA
      • Facilitated completion of requirements for printing of Official Receipt
      • Facilitated renewal of Mayor’s Permit, Submission of Annual Report and processing of Certificate of Compliance to Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), File Tax Exemption to BIR, External Audit of Financial Statement.
    4. CREPA
      • Facilitated completion of requirements for BIR Registration and printing of Official Receipt with BIR and the printing press dated July 18, 2019 and Assisted in the completion of requirements of Mayor’s Permit.
    5. BETA
      • Facilitated completion of requirements for BIR Registration and printing of Official Receipt with BIR and the printing press

  1. Trainings
    • Conducted training on Basic Tour Guiding of Eco-Guides of Buwacag Falls on March 25-26, 2019
    • Conducted training on Project Diversification and Accessorizing cum Benchmarking of PEPA Weavers Association and Sta. Clara Weavers Association on March 27-29, 2019
    • Benchmarking of BETA in Palaui Island on March 7 and 21, 2019
    • Seven (7) -Days Eco-Guide Training with Water Safety, Search and Rescue on June 21-27, 2019 spearheaded by DOT in partnership with DENR, LGU- Sta. Ana and CEZA
    • Conducted the 1st People’s Organization Day on November 14, 2019 in collaboration with LGU – Sta. Ana, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)
    • Seminar on Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19 to tourism service providers on March 2021
    • Refresher Seminar on Tourist Handling
    • Seminar on Cooperative Management and Governance and Basic Financial Management on July 2021
  1. Resource Generation

To help our affected tourism workers while travel restrictions are still in effect because of COVID-19 pandemic, we facilitated the Processing of Applications of Community-Based Tourism Organizations (CBTOs) to Avail Financial Assistance and Cash-for-Work Program for the Displaced Workers in Tourism Sector. The said Financial Assistance was in accordance with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001 known as Implementing Guidelines of Providing Financial Assistance and Cash-for-Work Program for Displaced Workers in Tourism Sector signed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which aims to reduce the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic. There were 431 recipients who successfully received a total amount of P 2,155,000 from the different CEZA-assisted organizations and LGU-licensed associations.

No. Name of Association/Groups Number of Recipients Equivalent Amount (Php)
1 Kulinarya De Casagan 26 130,000
2 Buwacag Eco-Tourism Association 30 150,000
3 PASAMOBA Cooperative 107 535,000
4 CREPA 47 235,000
5 PEPA and Sub-groups 112 560,000
6 SAVTOSCO – Van Association 65 325,000
7 SAMTODA – Tricycle 44 220,000
Total 431 2,155,000

  1. Nature Guide Accreditation
    • DOT-accredited nature guide from Buwacag Tour Guides (16) and Palaui Tour Guide (24)
    1. Recognition and Awards – Palaui Environmental Protectors Association (PEPA)
      • Received for the 2nd time the prestigious ASEAN Community Based Tourism Standard in Ha Long, Vietnam on January 2019
      • Received Philippine -ASEAN Tourism Standard Award on March 22, 2019
      • Received the Para El MAR Award or Outstanding National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS)/Marine Protected Area (MPA) and they received a cash prize of P 1.5 Million


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