BCDA: New Clark City is key driver of growth in Central Luzon

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Anchored on the economic agenda and the Build Better More program of the current administration,
the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) seeks to harness the potential of New Clark
City into a smart, sustainable and inclusive city that will help in further accelerating growth in Central
Luzon.


To realize this goal, the BCDA has lined up several high-impact projects and programs in New Clark
City, particularly in the fields of sustainable development, renewable energy, information and
communication technology (ICT), estate management, transportation, tourism and smart city
technologies, among others.


“The new BCDA leadership fully supports the Marcos administration’s 8-point socio-economic agenda
as reflected in the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, and its mission to propel economic and
social transformation in the country in order to provide more jobs and lift more Filipinos from
poverty. New Clark City is BCDA’s answer to reach this goal. Through the development of New Clark
City, we not only strive to decongest Metro Manila, but we will also provide a catalyst to spread growth
in Central Luzon and other provinces,” BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa said.
Once fully developed, New Clark City is projected to become the home of about one million residents,
and provide job opportunities to around 600,000 Filipinos.


PCEO Zosa, however, emphasizes the importance of building strong partnerships with other
government agencies, the private sector, and foreign allies to accelerate the development of New Clark
City.


“New Clark City is a massive undertaking that the BCDA cannot do alone. We need the support of our
partners in the public and private sectors to implement our programs and projects and ensure that
Filipinos will really get the world-class metropolis they deserve,” she said.


As of end-2022, investments committed by private and government locators in New Clark City has
reached Php 95.51 billion, while actual investments infused have already hit Php 14.59 billion.
Ongoing projects


Despite the setbacks caused by the pandemic, the BCDA and its partners continued their efforts to
spur the development of New Clark City.


Private partners are now forging ahead with their developments in the area, including Filinvest Land
Inc. with its 288-hectare mixed-use township project, and Hann Development Corp. with its
ultra-luxury mountain reserve project, which will feature the country’s first Banyan Tree.


The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is also moving forward with its plans to establish a 31.3-hectare
complex complete with a currency production facility and state-of-the-art security system.
The BCDA has allocated a five-hectare lot for the proposed Virology and Vaccine Institute of the
Philippines, one of the top priorities of the Marcos administration for the health sector.


In a move to strengthen the capability of future workforce through education, research and
skills-training that are needed by locators, New Clark City is also welcoming educational institutions.
So far, the National Academy of Sports, University of the Philippines, and Philippine Science High
School have already started construction work.


With the help of the United Kingdom government, the BCDA is positioning New Clark City as a model
of sustainability, preparing the groundwork for a green centerpiece which would become the
country’s largest public park.


BCDA is also gearing up to put New Clark City in the global map as an investment hub and sports
tourism destination as it hosts regular business missions and sporting events in its facilities.
Connectivity, being a crucial component of the development, has also taken priority with multiple
roads constructed to ease travel and link New Clark City to the Clark Freeport Zone and the Clark
International Airport.


BCDA has also formed a partnership with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development
Organization for a three-year demonstration on smart mobility solutions to be implemented in New
Clark City.


Projects in the pipeline


“But the work does not stop there. In order to realize our vision of making New Clark City into a smart,
sustainable, and inclusive metropolis, BCDA is pursuing various projects in different fields, and we
hope the private sector and our foreign partners will consider this development for their investment
needs,” PCEO Zosa said.


Championing sustainability in New Clark City, BCDA is currently looking for partners to build a
25-megawatt solar farm that will augment the energy supply for locators in the area.


BCDA is also keen on a solid waste management and waste-to-energy project, which will entail the
provision of a waste collection service and operation of existing assets within a sanitary landfill site in
New Clark City.


Meanwhile, BCDA also recognizes the need for a highly efficient internet service in New Clark City if it
intends to develop the area into a smart metropolis.


In line with this, the state-run corporation seeks to build telecommunication infrastructure for
common use of internet service providers, connecting locators and residents through a high-speed
network. This project will leverage the existing ICT framework under the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure
Project developed in partnership with Facebook.


BCDA is also searching for a private sector partner to design, develop, and manage a data center
colocation facility.


To cut red tape and provide world-class services to its locators, BCDA is planning to implement a
technology-based, automated, and real-time estate management service in New Clark City.
Private partners are also welcome to participate in BCDA’s affordable housing project in the rising
metropolis, covering 34 hectares of land with 6,000 units for a mixed-income population.


As part of efforts to improve connectivity, BCDA is inviting consultants to help in the
transport-oriented development of New Clark City and the establishment of multimodal transport
stations.


And lastly, BCDA is exploring partnerships in the fields of research and development, particularly
biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical science facilities; ecotourism; and mixed-use, retail, and
food and beverage establishments.


“New Clark City is open for business. We are hoping the private sector puts their trust in the BCDA’s
capacity, and track record when it comes to building great cities, and participate in projects that will
further advance New Clark City and Central Luzon,” PCEO Zosa said.

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