Wind of change reaches Zambo Ecozone — Arnuco PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:15

With the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) putting up an automated teller machine (ATM) and soon a branch, the wind of change has finally reached the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority and Freeport in San Ramon, Barangay Talisayan, west of this city.

Zamboanga Ecozone Chairman of the Board and Administrator Christopher Lawrence S. Arnuco said the DBP has sailed through the wind of change when it put up and inaugurated an ATM at the ecozone Tuesday afternoon.

Soon, he added, DBP will put up a branch inside the ecozone’s 16,100-hectare complex. It will be the bank’s second branch in Zamboanga City. The first branch is located along Don Pablo Lorenzo St., right at the back of City Hall.

He said DBP is not an ordinarybank. It is not a rural bank. It is a universal bank that has two components; commercial and development banking, which means the barangays may avail of its services and development packages.

For her part, Mayor Beng Climaco, who graced the blessing and inauguration of DBP’s ATM at Ecozone, thanked the DBP family, foremost for the assistance it has given to the city for the relief operations, and secondly for putting an ATM at the ecozone.

“This is to make the Zamboanga Ecozone worked. My message for you is that believe that we will be able to build back better. As you develop, the city will also develop because we will be depending on you,” Climaco told the ecozone officials and employees.

“It is possible to be world-class through the Zamboanga Ecozone,” she added.

Meanwhile, DBP Senior Vice President Edgar Ceronai said the bank’s ATM at ecozone, the third in the city, adds another milestone to DBP’s long history in this part of the country.

He said the decision to put up an ATM at the ecozone is a manifestation of DBP’s commitment to assist in the development of the ZamboangaEcozone and Freeport.

He said the DBP Board of Directors had already approved a request by Chairman Arnurco for a branch inside the ecozone complex in a bid to spur the economic activity in the west coast part of the city.

The DBP ATM at the ecozone serves the banking transactions not only of the locators and employees but also of those going to the complex for recreational purposes, and residents of nearby barangays.

In the west coast, the nearest ATM is that of One Network Bank in Ayala.— Vic Larato