(whereinpampanga.com) On the 28th of July, year 2014, the Congress of the Philippines signed Resolution 116 expressing the support to the “Clark Green City” Master Development Plan prepared by Bases Conversion Development Authority after the approval of NEDA board and President Aquino.
The Clark Green City is envisioned to home some 1.12 million residence, 800 thousand workers and provide a gross output of USD34 billion per year to Philippine’s economy.
Nestled at the heart of Luzon, this PHP1.7 trillion project is managed by Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), a government-owned and controlled company responsible for great sites like:
- Atmanda Eco Park (formerly Bataan Technology Park)
- Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union
- John Hay Special Economic Zone in Baguio
- Subic Bay Freeport Zone
- Fort Bonifacio in Manila
- and, Clark Tourism & Business Complex
BCDA managed to partner with foreign firms develop Clark Green City such as United Arab Emirates-based Al Ahli Holding Group which plans tourism-related projects in the area, Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corp. which plans to connect Clark Green City to Manila as well as surrounding cities by rail, and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute which will assist the company to come up with “smart and disaster-resilient” features for the planned community.
CGC involves the development of some 36,000 hectares of land approximately half the size of Metro Manila. Based on the approved masterplan, it shall have five districts namely government, central business, academic, agri-forestry research and development, and wellness and eco-tourism.
The Clark Green City will be only 120 kilometers north of Manila via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and 90 kilometers from the Subic Bay Freeport via the Subic-Tarlac-Clark Expressway (SCTEX).
Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and CEO, and his group made a presentation to Tarlaquenos underscoring the importance of the Clark Green City, to be put up mainly in the areas of Bamban and Capas towns, which are immediate neighbors of Clark in Pampanga.
“We adopted the name of Clark because it will be easier for us to sell because Clark is already known worldwide among many investors. Just like Subic which is popularly known abroad than Olongapo City and yet its location is in Olongapo.”
Casanova explained that the project is named only as Clark but it is actually a Tarlac project.
He also added that the University of the Philippines is Clark Green City’s first locator and will cover 70 hectares of the entire project.
Last April 11, 2016, His Excellency Benigno S Aquino III led the groundbreaking rites for the Philippines’ first global and green metropolis, the Clark Green City.
Stay up-to-date on this project through these links:
- Clark Green City
- Pampanga, Tarlac local leaders express support for Clark Green City
- Construction of P1.7-T Clark Green City to start next year – BCDA
- UP Clark Pampanga
- Clark Green City Phils