Officials visit National Academy of Sports site at New Clark City

The National Academy of Sports (NAS) is on track to open classes and start the development of young scholar-athletes within the year, officials said during a recent site visit at New Clark City. A contingent from NAS led by Executive Director Prof. Josephine Joy Reyes, Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) visited New Clark City on December 4, Friday, to inspect the site of the academy pursuant to Republic Act 11470, as well as the sports facilities which will serve as the training ground of the student-athletes.    “It is significant for the NAS to be situated in New Clark City where the 30th SEA Games  in 2019 was held. This is a testament to the government’s capacity to have a continuous and sustainable program in optimizing the usage of the facilities that we have built for the hosting of the Games,” Reyes said. “The developmental roadmap for New Clark City, especially with the upcoming campuses of various educational institutions, will provide a conducive learning atmosphere,” she added, referring to other schools such as the University of the Philippines, Technological University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the Philippine Science High School. New Clark City is the site of the first world-class sports complex developed by the government since the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex was built in the 1930s. It features the Athletics Stadium with a track certified as Class 1 by the IAAF, and an Aquatics Center certified by FINA. BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said the sports facilities in New Clark City will be “the government’s lasting legacy in the development of future generations of athletes.” “We are excited to see our young students train into becoming world champions. We hope the facilities in New Clark City will inspire and motivate them to excel further both in sports and their academics,” Dizon said. According to Reyes, the NAS aims to be at the forefront of sports training and education in the Philippines. The establishment of the NAS institutionalizes an educational system to implement a quality and enhanced secondary education program with a special curriculum on sports. “NAS will provide world-class facilities and services, including sports sciences, at par with international standards to develop the athletic skills and talents of student-athletes and at the same time provide high-quality academic instruction,” Reyes said, hoping that the national government’s initiative will inspire local governments to improve the quality of its sports and youth development programs. “Most importantly, this nurtures the dreams of our young aspiring athletes that one day they will represent the Philippines to the extent of their abilities,” she said. For more info on the bidding schedule: Design and Build: http://bit.ly/3jzGnxb Construction Management and Supervision: https://bit.ly/2ZtuSOL

December 10, 2020

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PRRD okays ‘back-up’ gov’t center formation in Tarlac

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) establishing a “back-up” seat of national government in New Clark City, Tarlac in case of an emergency or disaster in Metro Manila. Under EO No. 119 signed by Duterte on November 17, a national government administrative center (NGAC) will be established in New Clark City “to serve as an integrated government center outside the NCR, and in case of disaster, a recovery center, and back-up administrative hub.” The order directs all departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies under the Executive Branch, to establish satellite or field offices at the NGAC in New Clark City, which is envisioned to be the country’s first smart, green, and resilient metropolis located in Central Luzon. Departments and agencies must also formulate and adopt appropriate business continuity and financial plans, including the operationalization of their respective back-up offices at the NGAC, in case of a calamity capable of paralyzing government operations in the National Capital Region (NCR). Government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) are encouraged to locate satellite or field offices at the NGAC in New Clark City. The Legislative and Judicial branches of government, and independent constitutional bodies are also encouraged to establish appropriate offices. Under the EO, the Bases Conversation and Development Authority will assist concerned government agencies in securing advantageous, cost-efficient, and flexible logistical and financial arrangements relative to the establishment of their respective satellite or field offices at the NGAC. Budgetary requirements for the implementation of the order will be sourced from available funds of the concerned agencies and offices and when appropriate and necessary, such other funding sources as the Department of Budget and Management may identify, the EO said. In signing the EO, Duterte said the establishment of a back-up government center outside NCR supports the policy of addressing long-standing issues on the lack of sustainable employment opportunities in the countryside, unbalanced regional development, and unequal distribution of wealth. He also recognizes that the establishment of integrated government centers fosters ease of doing business, provides equal access to efficient and effective delivery of public services, and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new economic opportunities outside NCR through the development of new townships and commercial business districts. EO 119 will take effect immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation. On Tuesday night, Duterte said he signed a proclamation placing the entire Luzon under a state of calamity following successive typhoons that ravaged the country’s largest island. (PNA)

November 18, 2020

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BCDA inspects COVID facilities in New Clark City, checks on health workers after Ulysses lashes Luzon

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon on Saturday inspected the facilities in New Clark City which are currently operating as quarantine centers for COVID-positive patients, after Typhoon Ulysses battered most parts of Luzon, including Pampanga and Tarlac. The National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City is currently being occupied by 428 COVID-positive patients who are asymptomatic, and with mild symptoms. These patients compose of returning overseas Filipino workers, and residents of Pampanga and Tarlac. The NGAC facility can accommodate close to 700 patients at maximum occupancy. “Thankfully, wala naman nasira sa NGAC facility kahit napakalakas ng ulan at hangin na naranasan dito. The resilient metropolis of New Clark City has always been ready for any and all situations, including strong typhoons,” Dizon said. During the inspection joined by BCDA Vice President for Business Development Arrey Perez, Duty Physician Dra. Jenna Sison and NGAC Head Nurse April Rose Palafox, they also sent off three OFW patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Dizon also checked on the heath workers and their needs, given that the number of admissions in the NGAC facility have been rising to 40 patients per day for the past two weeks. “We are very thankful to our health workers who are tirelessly taking care of the patients. Kahit may bagyo, hinding hindi nila pinabayaan ang ating mga pasyente,” said Dizon. Apart from the NGAC, the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City is also being temporarily used as a quarantine facility catering to residents of Pampanga and Tarlac. The New Clark City Athletes’ Village also served as a quarantine facility for OFWs repatriated from Wuhan, China back in February. Repatriates from the MV Diamond Princess and MV Grand Princess also stayed at the Athletes’ Village in February and March to complete their 14-day quarantine period. The COVID quarantine facilities in Clark have provided medical care and treatment to a total of 10,000 individuals and counting.

November 14, 2020

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BCDA-MTD joint venture inks deal for NBI to locate offices in New Clark City

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will soon locate some of its offices at the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City, as part of the government’s thrust to decongest Metro Manila and move government offices outside the capital. The NGAC Phase 1 Joint Venture (NGAC JV), a partnership between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and MTD Clark, Inc., recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NBI for the acquisition of facilities located within New Clark City. The MOU was signed by NBI Officer-In-Charge Director Eric Distor and NGAC JV President Engr. Patrick Nicholas David, with BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon and NBI Deputy Director for Administrative Services Atty. Eleanor Rachel Angeles as witnesses. “Napaka-importante nitong initiative na ito, especially amid the challenges sa pandemic and even natural disasters, talagang kailangan yung resiliency natin ay gawin nating focus. Magiging legacy ito—ang pag-build ng resilient government by setting up our facilities in a resilient area, such as New Clark City,” said Dizon. Offices to be located in New Clark City are NBI’s International Forensics, Biometrics and Research Center, Training Academy, Regional Office, Data Center, and other offices in line with the NBI Reorganization and Modernization Act. “NGAC has offered the best facilities for us, providing a state-of-the-art building to various government agencies, and NBI cannot fall behind in acquiring such facilities. These facilities will also serve as our back-up office in case of disaster and natural calamities. We are one step closer in achieving our goals and we look forward to the successful implementation of our MOU that will greatly benefit the people by providing them better public service,” said Distor. Also present during the signing ceremony were BCDA Vice President for Business Development Arrey Perez, NGAC JV Corporate Secretary Atty. Eric Emmanuel Pasion, and members of the NBI Directorial Staff Assistant Director Atty. Medardo De Lemos, Chief of Staff Atty. Ernesto Macabre, and Deputy Directors Atty. Antonio Pagatpat, Atty. Jose Justo Yap, Vicente De Guzman III, Ferdinand Lavin, Jose Doloiras. According to Engr. David, the NBI facilities will be located in a seven-storey building just across the New Clark City Aquatics Center, and is a five-minute walk from the government residences. The building may conveniently be accessed through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx)-New Clark City road. Located in Capas, Tarlac, New Clark City is the country’s first smart, green, sustainable and resilient metropolis. Its Phase 1A of 40 hectares is the site of world-class sports facilities used in the 2019 South East Asian Games.

October 4, 2020

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UK gov’t, BCDA partner on New Clark City Central Park, affordable housing project

The British Embassy Manila and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to design the New Clark City Central Park and an affordable housing project in the new metropolis. The MOU was signed by British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce and BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, September 16. “What is being done in Clark is pioneering and hopefully creating a model for developments elsewhere in the Philippines and the region,” said Pruce. “It’s exciting that we face the prospects of something which is going to be clean, green, sustainable and resilient and a city that’s inclusive as well where all branches of the community and society can find their place,” he added. New Clark City, envisioned as the first smart, green, sustainable and resilient metropolis in the country, was chosen as one of the pilot areas of the UK Prosperity Fund Global Future Cities Programme. Phase 1A of the New Clark City project, which involved the construction of world-class sports facilities used in the 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games), government buildings and residences, and a 1.4-kilometer river park, was completed last year. Under the MOU, the UK and BCDA will work on three key areas for New Clark City: (1) Participative Design for New Clark City Central Park and citywide public space recommendations; (2) Housing Strategy and Livelihood Recommendations for Clark Special Economic and Freeport Zone (CSEFZ) and New Clark City; and (3) the Establishment of a Sustainability Unit for New Clark City. “We’re very, very thankful to the British government for staying the course and really believing in New Clark City and believing in the leadership of President [Rodrigo] Duterte who actually got such an ambitious project off the ground and starting it and moving it into the future,” Dizon said. “I don’t think we would have found a better partner to develop the green and open spaces than the United Kingdom,” he added. Through the Future Cities programme, the UK and BCDA will come up with a conceptual and detailed design for the Central Park, which will also be integrated to the open space network of New Clark City and its immediate surroundings. The parties will also design a pilot 33.89-hectare affordable housing project in New Clark City, and will review the existing housing strategy within the CSEFZ and New Clark City. Under the MOU, the parties will also set up a sustainability unit for New Clark City and facilitate development of activities on urban planning, disaster resilience, urban design, landscape architecture, and sustainable development goals.

September 21, 2020

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Virology research institute to be built in New Clark City

The government is eyeing to build the country’s premier research institute in the field of virology at New Clark City by 2021, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said. According to BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon, also the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) proposed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has been included in the administration’s list of infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs). “The Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines, which will be prioritizing research on infectious diseases will be hosted by New Clark City, and this was just recently approved by the Economic Development Cluster,” Dizon said. The approval of the virology institute as one of the IFPs is part of the government’s response in including new projects that will address the emerging needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. New Clark City was designed to be the country’s first smart, green, sustainable and resilient metropolis. The project’s Phase 1A was completed last year for the hosting of the 30th South East Asian Games. “Resiliency was the major characteristic that we wanted for New Clark City to have. The pandemic has highlighted that [with] the use of facilities over the past couple of months in the major response efforts,” Dizon said. Dizon noted that New Clark City is presently being used as a quarantine facility for COVID-positive patients, as well as suspect and probable individuals, in coordination with local government units.

August 9, 2020

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