New Clark City: Birth of A New Metropolis (Part 1)

New Clark City is designed to become a smart, intelligent, green, resilient, future-proof and socially-inclusive metropolis.

From Left to Right: DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, MTD Clark, Inc. President Nicholas David, MTD Clark, Inc. Chairman Isaac David, BCDA President Vince Dizon, and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

The New Clark City is not only designed to be the first smart, sustainable, and resilient metropolis, but also to showcase to the world the Philippines' cultural identity – that is the collective sentiment of “The Build Build Build team,” represented by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, who graced a press briefing and site inspection of the New Clark City.

The 9,450-hectare New Clark City being developed by the BCDA together with its private partners is envisioned to "showcase the Philippines’ Golden Age of Infrastructure." New Clark City, which spans Angeles City in Pampanga and the towns of Capas and Bamban in Tarlac, is among the 75 high-impact flagship projects of the Duterte administration under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program. BCDA President Dizon said the New Clark City can be a model for future developments in the country.

The three main structures inside the New Clark City are the P1.78-billion Clark Green City Government Center, P850-million Clark Commercial Center, and the P3.33-billion Clark Mixed-Income Housing.

The 200-hectare National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) will house satellite offices of all the branches of the government – executive, legislative, and judiciary – along with their attached agencies. It is designed to ensure a clean, efficient, and effective governance, consistent with the strategic framework of the Philippine Development Plan.

Part of the reason why the government agreed to the idea of a government center, according to Dizon, is because of the threat of the “Big One”—a magnitude 8, intensity 7.2 earthquake that is seen to devastate Metro Manila should it occur. The idea is to have back-up offices of state agencies at Clark as this will allow the government to have a business continuity plan, thus ensuring business operations and services should disasters strike.

The NGAC will also have a sports complex, which will house an Aquatics and Athletics Center, envisioned to be a world-class facility for hosting major international sports events. This will soon be the venue of the South East Asian Games to be held tentatively on November or December 2019.

New Clark City is designed to become a smart, intelligent, green, resilient, future-proof and socially-inclusive metropolis.

The New Clark City is not only designed to be the first smart, sustainable, and resilient metropolis, but also to showcase to the world the Philippines' cultural identity – that is the collective sentiment of “The Build Build Build team,” represented by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, who graced a press briefing and site inspection of the New Clark City.

The 9,450-hectare New Clark City being developed by the BCDA together with its private partners is envisioned to "showcase the Philippines’ Golden Age of Infrastructure." New Clark City, which spans Angeles City in Pampanga and the towns of Capas and Bamban in Tarlac, is among the 75 high-impact flagship projects of the Duterte administration under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program. BCDA President Dizon said the New Clark City can be a model for future developments in the country.

The three main structures inside the New Clark City are the P1.78-billion Clark Green City Government Center, P850-million Clark Commercial Center, and the P3.33-billion Clark Mixed-Income Housing.

The 200-hectare National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) will house satellite offices of all the branches of the government – executive, legislative, and judiciary – along with their attached agencies. It is designed to ensure a clean, efficient, and effective governance, consistent with the strategic framework of the Philippine Development Plan.

Part of the reason why the government agreed to the idea of a government center, according to Dizon, is because of the threat of the “Big One”—a magnitude 8, intensity 7.2 earthquake that is seen to devastate Metro Manila should it occur. The idea is to have back-up offices of state agencies at Clark as this will allow the government to have a business continuity plan, thus ensuring business operations and services should disasters strike.

The NGAC will also have a sports complex, which will house an Aquatics and Athletics Center, envisioned to be a world-class facility for hosting major international sports events. This will soon be the venue of the South East Asian Games to be held tentatively on November or December 2019.

Phase 1 of the NGAC has a land area of 40 hectares, while the area of Phase 1B is 20 hectares. The total project cost is PhP 12.695 Billion and will be financed through Public-Private Partnership or PPP.

A Business Continuity Center is also eyed to provide a one-stop shop for all the businesses located in New Clark City and its vicinity.

The BCDA cited three reasons why a new administrative center makes sense: to decongest Metro Manila, to serve as back-up plan for the government in case of disasters or natural calamities, and to further ease doing business here and therefore help improve the country’s competitiveness as an investment destination.

The inspiration of the plan is the Putrajaya, the federal administrative center of Malaysia. What Metro Manila is experiencing now was experienced by Kuala Lumpur 25 years ago—flooding, garbage, traffic congestion, overpopulation, and pollution, but Malaysia decided to move the seat of government out of Kuala Lumpur, clearing some 5,000 hectare of palm tree plantation.

In terms of transportation, the New Clark City sits at a nexus of well-developed roadways. It will soon be connected to Manila by the second stage of the PNR North Line, and will be linked to the Subic Freeport by another high-speed rail line.

(to be continued)

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