Phl, Singapore sign ‘smarter city’ deal for New Clark City

First of these is the Real Property Valuation and Assessment Reform, which is a priority bill of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos

New Clark City (Photo from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority website)

Thanks to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s visit to Singapore, the 9,450-hectare New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac will transition into a “smarter city.”

A smart city leverages technology to solve city problems and provide its residents with improved transportation and accessibility and better social services. But a smarter city understands the critical role of redefining communications connections with the latest generation of a broadband networks.

“With Singapore as a global front runner in smart city development, we at BCDA are very fortunate to have EnterpriseSG as our partner to facilitate knowledge exchange and link us with Singaporean firms with experience and expertise in the field. This MoU will surely be instrumental in achieving our goal of developing New Clark City into a smart, green, sustainable, and highly livable metropolis,” Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and CEO Aileen Zosa said at the signing ceremony.

EnterpriseSG CEO Png Cheong Boon signed the partnership for the Singapore side. EnterpriseSG is a statutory board established under the Enterprise Singapore Act 2018 to champion Singapore enterprises by strengthening capabilities and accessing global opportunities. Marcos and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing.

The MoU is geared toward creating a framework that will allow BCDA and EnterpriseSG to explore potential collaboration opportunities in the development of New Clark City, particularly in priority areas. These include affordable housing, estate management, transportation, solid waste management, waste-to-energy technology, smart cities, sustainability, green data centers, urban development, and people-centric programs.

Further, the MoU mandates both parties to partake in knowledge sharing and awareness-building activities to increase understanding of emerging technologies and solutions used in urban development, especially in response to the pandemic.

The BCDA and EnterpriseSG are set to collaborate to enable business matching and facilitate access for Singapore companies and relevant stakeholders interested in partnering in the development of New Clark City.

With reports from jonas reyes

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