New Clark City close to ready for 2019 SEA Games

New Clark City close to ready for 2019 SEA GamesThe Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and its partner MTD Philippines Inc. is ontrack in finishing the world-class facilities in New Clark City before the 30th Southeast Asian Gamesopen in November 2019. “Phase 1 of the National Government Administrative Center in New Clark City has significantlyprogressed since it broke ground January this year,” BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon said. “This proves that government is true to its promise of building quality infrastructure within setdeadlines,” he added. Phase 1 of the 200-hectare National Government Administrative Center involves the development ofback-up offices of various agencies to ensure continuous business operations and services for the peoplein case of disasters or national calamities. Phase 1A will house the world-class Athletics Stadium, Aquatics Center, Athletes’ Village, andgovernment housing which will soon benefit thousands of athletes and government workers. By the endof 2019, we will see the National Government Administrative Center completed and fully operational. Phase 1B will involve development of more government buildings, residences and other supportfacilities that will commence in 2020. The government center in New Clark City is part of President Duterte’s plan to decongest Metro Manilaby decentralizing state offices from the capital. Such move will also spur economic growth in the regions as government continues to develop areasoutside Manila. Other developments in New Clark CityFilinvest Land Inc.’s (FLI) 288-hectare mixed-use industrial area in New Clark City is also in the workswith the groundbreaking in early 2019. FLI’s industrial area is envisioned to be future-ready and sustainable as it will adopt a vibrant “live-work-play” environment. BCDA and China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) also partnered to develop a 500-hectaremixed-use industrial park in New Clark City. Both parties signed an agreement in November 19, 2018 during the visit of Chinese President XiJinping. This is anchored on Philippine and China’s program for cooperation on industrial parks. Provision of reliable water and power utilities in New Clark City is also well underway. The city is setto have the lowest water and power rates in the country which will surely attract locators, businesses,and residents. BCDA signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with the PrimeWater consortium for water andwastewater services, which submitted the lowest bid of Php9.45 per cubic meter. PrimeWater’s offer bested the Php11.00 per cubic meter bid by the Manila Water Company.For power distribution in New Clark City, BCDA targets to sign the JVA with the winning partner byearly 2019. The Meralco-Marubeni Consortium submitted the lower tariff bid of Php0.6188 per kilowatt hour,besting the Php0.9888/kwh proposal of the Aboitiz-KEPCO Consortium. The Meralco consortium will undergo a post-qualification process before the award.The Asian Development Bank acted as BCDA’s transaction adviser for the national governmentcenter’s power, water and wastewater infrastructures. New Clark City is the country’s first smart, green, and resilient city, and BCDA’s most ambitiousproject to date. Upon full completion, the city will be the symbol of a modern and inclusive Philippines. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice President for Corporate CommunicationsMobile No. 0908-8998578

December 31, 2018

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Meralco consortium submits lowest bid for New Clark City power supply

Meralco consortium submits lowest tariff bid for New Clark City power distributionThe Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has partnered with a major Japanese company, MarubeniCorporation, to bring the lowest power distribution rate in the country to New Clark City. The Meralco-Marubeni Consortium composed of Meralco, Marubeni, The Kansai Electric PowerCo., Inc., and CHUBU Electric Power Co., Inc. submitted the lower tariff bid of PhP0.6188 perkilowatt hour, besting the PhP0.9888/kwh proposal by the Aboitiz-KEPCO Consortium of theOlongapo Energy Corporation and KEPCO Philippines Holdings, Inc. This was determined during the Opening of Technical and Financial Proposals held at the BCDACorporate Center in Taguig City Tuesday. Present were representatives from the AsianDevelopment Bank (ADB), BCDA’s transaction advisor for the project. New Clark City is envisioned to be the first smart, green and sustainable metropolis in the countrywhere locators and residents will enjoy low utility rates. BCDA earlier set the tariff ceiling forpower distribution at PhP1.25/kwh. BCDA Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Atty. Nena D. Radoc, also the chairpersonof the Joint Venture Selection Committee, said the Meralco-Marubeni Consortium would undergopost-qualification process as part of due diligence before the award. BCDA targets to sign the Joint Venture Agreement with the winning partner by early next year.New Clark City will have the first completely smart power grid in the country. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities comparable with other smart cities throughout the world, the New Clark Citysmart grid also has better reliability standards. Locators can likewise enjoy access to real-timeinformation from the distribution utility, allowing them to manage their electricity consumptionmore effectively. Phase 1 of the New Clark City development includes the construction of the National GovernmentAdministrative Center (NGAC), and the world-class sports facilities to be used for the Philippines’hosting of the Southeast Asian Games in 2019. -END- Reference:Atty. Nena D. RadocChairperson, BCDA Joint Venture Selection Committee for New Clark CityUtilitiesTelephone No. 575-1764

December 21, 2018

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New Clark City water rate is lowest in PHL

New Clark City water rate is lowest in PHLPrimeWater consortium awarded water concessionSoon-to-be residents and locators of New Clark City will enjoy one of, if not, the lowest water ratein the country of PhP9.45 per cubic meter, following the awarding of the water and wastewaterinfrastructure project to a consortium led by PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation. The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is set to sign the Joint VentureAgreement on December 17, Monday, with the four-member consortium. The other three membersare Prime Assets Venture, Inc. (PAVI), MGS Construction, Inc., and the TAHAL Group.The consortium submitted the lowest bid of PhP9.45 per cubic meter, besting the PhP11.00 percubic meter bid by the Manila Water Company. The PhP9.45 per cubic meter rate applies for the water supply only. The same amount shall becharged for wastewater services equating to a total rate of PhP18.90 per cubic meter for the firstfive years of the 30-year JV period. The average basic rates in Metro Manila are around PhP30 per cubic meter. The water rate in NewClark City is viewed as highly competitive not only when compared against rates for cities in thePhilippines, but also in the region and even globally. New Clark City, located within the Clark Special Economic Zone, is envisioned to be the firstsmart, green, and sustainable metropolis in the country. PrimeWater has over 30 years of proven experience in providing safe and reliable waterdistribution systems throughout the country. It operates in 124 cities and municipalities from theCagayan Province in the north to Zamboanga City in the south. Its partner, Israel-based TAHAL, has been delivering world-class solutions across the fields ofwater, wastewater, agriculture, solid waste and natural gas for over 60 years. -END- Reference:  Atty. Nena D. RadocChairperson, BCDA Joint Venture Selection Committee for New Clark City UtilitiesTelephone No. 575-1764

December 13, 2018

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Athletes witness construction of world-class facilities for 2019 SEA Games

Athletes witness construction of world-class facilities for 2019 SEA Games Capas, Tarlac—More than 150 national athletes visited New Clark City, Friday, to see theconstruction progress of the New Clark City Sports Complex that will be used for the 30thSoutheast Asian (SEA) Games in 2019. Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano andSpecial Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go led the event. Mr. Go is an avidbasketball player whose role was significant in sending Gilas Pilipinas, the national basketballteam, to the Asian Games. Joining them were two-time Asian Games gold medalist and Olympicrunner Lydia De Vega-Mercado and swimmer Eric Buhain, who also won medals in previous SEAGames. “These facilities are long overdue. Kaya binabalik lang po ni Pangulong Duterte ang dapat sa inyo,”Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said to the more than 150 athletespresent. The sports facilities are part of the Phase 1A development of the National GovernmentAdministrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City, which is envisioned to be the main hub ofPhilippine sports. It will house the Athletics Stadium which has a 20,000-seating capacity, AquaticsCenter which can accommodate 2,000 people, and an Athletes’ Village. The Athletics Stadium will have a 400-meter standard track and a nine-lane world-class track andfield facility. Its design is inspired from the crater of Mt. Pinatubo, the contours of the Sierra Madreranges, and the festive details of the parols (Christmas lanterns) of Pampanga. Meanwhile, the Aquatics Center will have an eight-lane training pool, a 10-lane competition pool,and a diving pool with a five-meter maximum depth. Both the Athletics Stadium and the Aquatics Center meet global standards of the InternationalAssociation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA),respectively. The Athletes’ Village will serve as home of the athletes, officials, and international volunteers forthe entire duration of the 2019 SEA Games. It will have 525 rooms, 95 of which are for PWDs,gym amenities, kitchen and dining areas, conference rooms, and other recreational facilities. “The fast construction of the sports facilities proves that the government is committed to enhancesports development in the country so we can produce more world-class athletes, and hostinternational sporting events in the future,” Cayetano said. Speaking in behalf of the athletes, Cheska Altomonte, captain of the Philippine Women’s SoftballTeam said, “Up until 11 this morning, this complex was a bedtime story to us. It was a fairytale.We never believed it was actually real. We are very excited. We are very inspired to train harderthan ever.” “Because you promised this to us, this is our promise to you. We promise to train hard and trainsmart. We promise to respect the facilities to keep it clean. We promise to embody Olympic valuesof friendship, respect and excellence. Once you deliver this to us, we will deliver back. We promiseto win,” she added. Swimmer Jessie Lacuna meanwhile expressed gratitude for organizing the athletes’ visit.“It’s very exciting for us to represent the country in the SEA Games. Makakaasa po kayo na sa lahatng pinaghirapan niyo, makapag-produce rin kami and makapag-perform ng maayos for next year’sgames,” Lacuna said. At the core of the said development is the 1.4-kilometer River Park Corridor for people to have asense of harmony with nature. The corridor will have bikeways, jogging paths, open amphitheaters,and spots for community activities such as yoga and zumba. “Last January this property was bare land. Now, you can see for yourselves that we are on track infully transforming Clark as the main hub of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Expect these facilitiesto be completed by September next year,” said BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon. Future developments like a high-performance gym, sports museum, and a tertiary level hospital, arealso envisioned to complete the New Clark City sports complex. The NGAC is the first phase in building New Clark City. Aside from the sports facilities, it willhave satellite offices of government agencies that will serve as back-up for continuity in case ofdisasters and calamities. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice PresidentCorporate Communications OfficeMobile No. 0908-8998578

November 24, 2018

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Philippines, Japan partner for smart city solutions

Philippines, Japan partner for smart city solutions The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Japan External TradeOrganization (JETRO) held a seminar entitled “New Clark City with Japan: Creating a Smart Citywith High Quality Infrastructure” to enhance its partnership in developing smart cities. Gracing the event were the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Mr.Takuma Hatano, the President and CEO of the Japan Overseas Infrastructure InvestmentCorporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN), Socioeconomic Planning SecretaryErnesto Pernia, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Public Works and Highways Secretary MarkVillar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, National SecurityAdviser and Director General Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and Philippine Communications OperationsOffice Secretary Martin Andanar. The seminar was led by JETRO Executive Vice President Yasukazu Irino, Finance SecretaryCarlos Dominguez, and BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon. Dr. Izumi said that the relationship between the Philippines and Japan is close and friendly, andfocused on urban development initiatives. “ASEAN nations including the Philippines have achieved rapid economic growth, and they are nowfacing urban issues and problems Japan had experienced before,” Dr. Izumi said. Dr. Izumi shared the strengths of Japanese cities from which the Philippines can learn from such as1) Transit Oriented Development which integrates railway operations to other development areaslike offices, residences, and commercial centers, and enhancing of bus networks; and 2) SmartCities which incorporate various elements such as mobility, nature, safety & security, resourcecirculation, and use of renewable energy. Meanwhile, Secretary Dominguez commended the government for being on track in building NewClark City as it will be “the icon for dynamic urban centers that the Philippines intends to nurture.” “The New Clark City we imagined can be made a reality between Filipino and Japanese enterprisesby pulling our talents together and learning from each other. I’m sure we will generate the synergyrequired to make the city better than our present visioning allows us to grasp,” Dominguez said. BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon said that the Philippines “has yet to see a city that istruly being built for people.” “This is the dream for New Clark City and we are fortunate that the Japanese government throughJOIN, has collaborated with us in this vision.” Various Japanese firms such as Hitachi, NEC Corporation, Tokyo Gas, SoftBank Corp. showcasedtheir technologies in smart city solutions that the Philippines can adopt for quality infrastructuredevelopment. Such industries include real estate development, information and communicationstechnology, manufacturing, logistics, and smart energy, among others. -END- References:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice PresidentCorporate Communications OfficeMobile No.: 0908-8998578 Christian Paolo QuillamorOfficer-in-ChargeInvestment Promotions and Marketing DepartmentMobile No.: 0917-5304512

November 22, 2018

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Prime Water submits lowest bid for New Clark City water supply

Prime Water submits lowest bid for New Clark City water supplyThe consortium of Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation, PAVI and MGS Construction, Inc. and Israel'sTAHAL Group, a global provider of sustainable infrastructure, submitted the lowest bid for the water andwastewater infrastructure project in New Clark City, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority(BCDA) said. The Primewater, PAVI, MGS Construction and TAHAL consortium submitted the lower bid of PhP9.45 percubic meter, besting the PhP11.00 per cubic meter bid by the Manila Water Company. This was determined during the Opening of Technical and Financial Proposals held at the BCDA CorporateCenter in Taguig City earlier this week. Present during the bid opening were representatives fromCommission on Audit (COA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), BCDA’s transaction advisor for theproject. The water and wastewater project ensures a safe, affordable and sustainable water source in New Clark City.It incorporates smart components, including advanced metering infrastructure, and high standard wastewatertreatment, among other innovations. BCDA Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Atty. Nena D. Radoc, also the chairperson of theJoint Venture Selection Committee, said that Prime Water Consortium would undergo post-qualificationprocess as part of due diligence before the award. The proposed PhP9.45 per cubic meter rate shall apply for the water supply only. The same amount shall becharged for wastewater services equating to a total rate of PhP18.90 per cubic meter for the first five years ofthe 30-year JV period. The winning bid for NCC is viewed as highly competitive when compared against rates for cities in thePhilippines, Southeast Asia and globally and is expected to attract leading locators to the city. EffectiveJanuary 1, 2018, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) approved the basic rates ofPhP35.48 per cubic meter and PhP25.50 per cubic meter for Maynilad and Manila Water, respectively. BCDA targets to sign the Joint Venture Agreement with the winning partner by the end of the month.New Clark City, located within the Clark Special Economic Zone, is envisioned to be the first smart, green,and sustainable metropolis in the country. Phase 1A, which covers 60 hectares, involves the construction of the National Government AdministrativeCenter (NGAC), including the world-class sports complex to be used for the Philippines’ hosting of theSoutheast Asian Games in 2019. -END- Reference: Maricar Gay Savella-VillamilOIC, Corporate Communications Office(+63) 928-555-0825

November 15, 2018

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