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Clark transformation among most notable of DU30 admin’s accomplishments

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The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Monday pointed to the transformation of Clark in Angeles, Pampanga into a model city of the future as one of the Duterte Administration’s most notable accomplishments.

During the virtual “Sulong Pilipinas — A Pre-SONA Economic Development and Infrastructure Clusters Forum,” BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said Clark has been a very important aspect of Duterte Administration’s Build Build Build Program, as they have built a city, unlike any other in the country today and in the future.

 

“The vision for building Clark has always been building a city for people. Unfortunately, many of our cities in the country and even in the world are not built for people. There are cities that are congested, have been environmentally degraded, and simply in some cases unlivable. Clark was built to show that a city truly built for people was really possible,” Dizon expressed.

He underscored that one of the major projects for Build Build Build project is the Clark International Airport expansion, which contract in 2018 was awarded to Megawide GMR, while the operations and maintenance contract was later on given to a consortium involving Filinvest Land, Robinsons Land and Changi Airport Group.

“After 24 months, we are now in the final stages of fit-out and equipping the airport at 80 percent. And we are confident that we will be able to inaugurate this world class airport, run by world class operators next month,” Dizon stated.

 

Attracting businesses     

Dizon relayed that the BCDA that infrastructure investments poured to Clark has attracted formidable investors, particularly major logistics operator in the world, FedEx, to come back to the Philippines, making Clark its home.

To date, Dizon said FedEx has contructed a 2.6-hectare facility in the airport complex, almost complete with its state-of-the-art facility hopefully being operational by the third quarter of 2021, and prospects of expansion in the future.

He likewise highlighted how the current leadership has fast tracked the continuation of the development of New Clark City, which was started by the Aquino Administration.

Dizon emphasized that New Clark City was admired by our more developed neighboring countries, when it housed contingents from the ASEAN region during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, because of the state-of-the art facilities.

He said the 9,450-hectare New Clark City, which is 100 kilometers away from the country’s capital, will also serve as a new home for government offices, in connection with the Executive Order 21 in 2020, mandating government agencies to begin the process of relocating and building satellite offices to help decongesting Metro Manila for its urban renewal in the future.

Those government agencies that will establish a satellite offices in New Clark City are UP-PGH; the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) minting and currency production facility; Supreme Court first judiciary center, the 30 agro-industrial hub of the Department of Agriculture; the National Academy of Sports that will provide training grounds for booming athletes; the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); and the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines that are important for the country’s pandemic response in the future.

Among other investments that are set to operate in New Clark City is mountain resort operated by Korean investor and Widus Group; a golf club and resort by another Korean investor, among others.

 

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