Lapid pays courtesy call on Celso PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 December 2015 13:51

by JUBELS SANTOS

Mark Lapid, a former top official of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), paid a courtesy call recently on District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat here in the city.

Lapid was TIEZA’s chief operating officer when the Department of Tourism, TIEZA, DENR and the Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PEAMB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City Government of Zamboanga under the administration of then Mayor Celso Lobregat   in June 17, 2011 that turned over the administration and management of the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands to the city government.

TIEZA is an attached agency of the DOT that designates, regulates, and supervises tourism enterprise zones that include the Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park in Upper Calarian.

Lapid resigned as TIEZA’s CEO when he filed his candidacy for Senator on October 14, 2015 under the banner of Koalisyon Ng Daan Matuwid.

Lapid and Congressman Lobregat sat for more than an hour over lunch at La Vista del Mar and discussed TIEZA’s plan to sell its 84-hectare golf course, the second oldest in the country after the golf course in Ilo-ilo and the beach park, which the latter strongly objected.

Lobregat and Lapid engaged in a serious discussion on the Golf Course and Beach Park issue during the actor-politician’s courtesy call on the solon.

It will be recalled Lobregat expressed his objection to the sale of the said asset during the presentation made by TIEZA and its consultant Chadaro Consortium on the privatization of the Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park during a meeting held at Lobregat’s congressional office on Aug. 24, 2015 in the House of Representatives.

On Aug. 28, Lapid thanked Lobregat for taking time to listen to the update/presentation on the privatization plan for the Golf Course and Beach Park and that TIEZA had taken cognizance of his observations and objections to the sale. Lobregat, in turn, thanked TIEZA for considering his position. He asked TIEZA that he be included in future consultations and be updated of any development relative to the matter.

Lobregat also manifested and explained his opposition to the sale of the TIEZA property when he spoke before the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Zamboanga City in October, this year, during a dialogue called by TIEZA and attended by its consultant, Jacinto D. Rosario, Jr. who was grilled by Lobregat.

Lapid visited the city to attend to some engagements when he took time to call on Congressman Lobregat with whom he had previous meetings concerning the Golf Course and Beach Park issue.

Lapid started his political career as an SK Chairman and youth sector representative in province.  He was later elected governor of Pampanga at age 24. As governor, he successfully made Pampanga one of the 10 most productive provinces. His tenure as governor was marked by an increase in infrastructure spending. Much later, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

Lapid is married to actress Tanya Garcia with whom he has two daughters, Mischa Amidala, 8 and Matilda Anika, 5. (Jubels Santos)