We would like to correct the photo caption published on page A3 of your August 17 issue which mentioned Port Irene being responsible in the “smuggling of garlic from Taiwan sold in Baguio City and the Cordillera.”
There has never been any shipment of garlic whatsoever coming from Taiwan and coursed through Port Irene.
Being the managing authority of said port, CEZA oversees its operations. Our records show no entry of any shipment originating from Taiwan or containing garlic commodities. This can be verified from the Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Internal Revenue.
We reiterate that in our effort to shun any illicit activities, we have been working closely with other government agencies to intensify the management and supervision of the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport.
JOYCE U. JAYME-CALIMAG
Public Relations Chief
Cagayan Economic Zone Authority