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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This situation has affected the lives of tourism related community enterprises, the table presents an apparent decline of their income.
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|
|5||PEPA and Sub-groups||112||560,000|
|6||SAVTOSCO – Van Association||65||325,000|
|7||SAMTODA – Tricycle||44||220,000|