STA. ANA, Cagayan, Aug. 7(PIA) - -An official of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) said a Slovakia-based company will set up a first-class hospital within the economic zone.
Secretary Raul L. Lambino, chief executive officer and administrator, announced that Commerce, the company that will undertake the project, has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CEZA to construct the hospital soon.
He said the hospital is expected to "boost health care not just for Freeport'slocators but for the Cagayan Valley people.
In a separate press statement, Commerce said its confidence to provide health services that would "radically improve the quality of service and infrastructure for patients, workers, tourists and all the people in the region in the years to come".
The new hospital, Lambino said, will open new employment and income-generating opportunities in the regionincluding medical tourism and retirement communities.
"This is the beginning of a new era of health care in our region. With it, we can attract new investors and spark tourism activities," he added.
The Commerce company of Slovakia has no timetable for the development of the health facility but officials assured CEZA that "it will be done in record time as opposed to the average of 5-10 years to set up and build a traditional hospital".
The hospital will be operated in compliance with the European and other world-class standards." (MDCT/OTB/PIA-Cagayan with reports from Charlotte Collado)