President Marcos Jr leads inspection of Airport-New Clark City Access Road

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday, February 21 led the inspection of the 19.81-kilometer, six-lane Airport-New Clark City Access Road (ANAR), which will cut travel time from other districts of Clark to New Clark City to about 20 minutes from an hour, toll free.

The carriageway of the access road was completed in December 2023. The ANAR is expected to be fully operational by July this year, once its bike lanes, landscapes, and slope protection are completed.

President Marcos Jr. was joined by Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Delfin N. Lorenzana,  BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Engr. Joshua M. Bingcang, government officials, and private sector partners during the inspection.

Part of ANAR is the iconic 900-meter Sacobia bridge, which crosses over the Sacobia River in Bamban, Tarlac. Equipped with dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian lanes, and linear parks that use renewable energy, ANAR is aligned with the government’s efforts to build more sustainable infrastructure projects throughout the Philippines.

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“BCDA’s performance is not merely narrated on ink and paper, and in reports long archived. Your triumphs have become part of the country’s landscape, utilized and visited by millions of people daily,” he added.

“This Clark International Airport to New Clark City Access Road or ANAR (ANAR), is a key component in boosting the Clark metropolis as an investment and tourism destination,” said President Marcos Jr. during the inspection.

Transforming the whole Clark metropolis into Asia’s next investment destination is BCDA’s contribution to the economic agenda of the Marcos administration’s Build Better More program. Its development is expected to help decongest Metro Manila and catalyze socioeconomic growth in Central and Northern Luzon.

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“The ANAR is a tangible embodiment of the Bagong Pilipinas vision – a Philippines that is progressive, sustainable, and brimming with cultural pride. Every step across the Sacobia Bridge symbolizes a step forward towards a brighter future. It represents the BCDA’s unwavering commitment to principled governance, accountability, and dependability. We stand together with the government, and the President, united in our pursuit of this common objective: to realize the dreams and aspirations of every Filipino,” said Engr. Bingcang. 

The Php 8.28-billion ANAR project forms part of the BCDA’s global and holistic development approach called One Clark, where all its subsidiaries  provide the scale needed to ensure that the whole Clark metropolis can compete with its Southeast Asian neighbors when it comes to being a top choice for businesses and investments.

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“The ANAR will unravel the immense potential of Clark, turning this 32,000-hectare corridor into a new economic epicenter that promises inclusive and sustainable growth for all. This is a prime example of what the Marcos administration wants to achieve through aggressive infrastructure buildup under the Build Better More program,” Mr. Lorenzana said. 

The Clark metropolis consists of Clark International Airport, Clark Freeport Zone, and BCDA’s latest flagship project New Clark City. New Clark City is a 9,450-hectare greenfield development inside the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone positioned to be an inclusive, resilient, sustainable, and smart city. Once fully developed, New Clark City is projected to become the home of over a million residents, and provide job opportunities to around 600,000 Filipinos.

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