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BCDA to implement UK sustainability plan in New Clark City

The British Embassy Manila has turned over its Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) final reports to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), paving the way for the implementation of an integrated sustainability plan at New Clark City in Tarlac. The ceremonial turnover was accompanied by the presentation of the architectural scale model for the sustainable and climate-responsive New Clark City Central Park, a 44.8-hectare open recreational space which will become one of the largest public parks in the Philippines. As a nod to the significance of the event, the turnover was held on April 29, just moments before BCDA’s 30th anniversary celebration with employees, management, British embassy dignitaries and other guests in this rising metropolis of the future. Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, BCDA’s Officer-in-Charge President and CEO, formally received the final reports and scale model from Alistair White, deputy head of mission of the British Embassy Manila, during ceremonial rites at the BCDA office in Clark Global City. It marked the delivery of commitments under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that BCDA signed with the embassy, through the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (UK FCDO), in September 2020. The outcome of these reports is an Integrated Sustainability Plan covering the Central Park design, a 33.89-hectare affordable housing project, and the establishment of a sustainability unit in New Clark City. “BCDA is honored to receive the scale model and GFCP final reports from the British Embassy Manila. This body of knowledge will provide us an invaluable blueprint to achieve the vision of New Clark City as a robust, thriving urban center without the blight. We will now move forward with more confidence and guidance in building New Clark City as a sustainable, green and resilient growth center for all Filipinos,” Batuhan said. UK FCDO, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), their project delivery team, and BCDA technical staff developed the integrated plan through multiple consultations using a participatory design process with stakeholders, project partners and BCDA Management. Ensuring that the outputs would be reflective of the community’s sentiments, feedback was incorporated from representatives in the academe, business, sports and tourism sectors, partner government agencies, and more. “The Global Future Cities programme of the FCDO was designed to help urban cities reduce poverty and gender inequality, have cleaner air and safer environments that are resilient to disasters and crises. And I’m delighted to know that we have taken huge strides towards those goals since the signing of our MOU in September 2020,” White said. New Clark City, envisioned as a model economic hub outside of Metro Manila, was selected as a pilot area of the GFCP, an official development assistance (ODA) technical assistance program that supports sustainable and inclusive development in 19 cities in 10 countries worldwide. One key outcome of the report is the setup and action plan of a sustainability unit in New Clark City. This early, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are already being integrated into BCDA’s programs and projects as part of its performance scorecard, namely the ones for: a) industry, innovation and infrastructure; b) decent work and economic growth; c) good health and well-being; d) partnerships for the goals; and e) sustainable cities and communities. White noted that the completion of the framework establishing the sustainability unit “will make BCDA as the first-ever government organisation to localise the SDGs and embed sustainability principles at the very core of your operations.” Under the New Clark City master plan, 60 percent of the 9,450-hectare land area is reserved for forests, open spaces and parks. Meanwhile, only 40 percent will serve as the developable area. Unveiling the future Casting a vision of what lies ahead for New Clark City, White and BCDA Chairman of the Board Gregorio Garcia led the unveiling of the architectural scale model of the Central Park development. Set to rise at the heart of the metropolis, New Clark City Central Park is designed to reduce urban environmental risks by considering the existing topography, biodiversity, water resources and drainage networks. It prominently features a lake that functions as a water retention pond to mitigate flooding, and serve as an ecologically managed area for the preservation of natural habitats. A “no-cut policy” will be enforced in the park for threatened tree species, based on classifications by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). As a green lung, the area can serve as a carbon sink that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and converts it into oxygen.

May 5, 2022

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Int’l tourism industry leaders tour Clark, New Clark City

Delegates of the 21st World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Manila visit the New Clark City Athletics Stadium as part of their investment tour of Clark and New Clark City on April 23, 2022. The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and its subsidiary, the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), hosted on April 23 an international delegation of travel industry leaders from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the global body representing the travel and tourism private sector and its industries, in an investment tour of New Clark City and the Clark Freeport Zone. The investment tour was the final activity for delegates of the 21st World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit held in the Philippines from April 20 to 22, the council’s second major in-person gathering since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. WTTC delegates were given presentations at the new Clark International Airport passenger terminal, and tours of the Clark Freeport Zone and New Clark City, where the closing ceremony was held. The new Clark terminal, an airport finalist in the 2021 Prix Versailles Architecture and Design awards, will open up increased travel, business and mobility north of Metro Manila. Seeking to showcase developments and attract investments in Clark and New Clark City, the activity was organized by BCDA, CDC, the Department of Tourism (DoT), the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD) Corp., BCDA’s operations and maintenance provider for the new Clark terminal. Clark and New Clark City were the key investment destinations showcased for the summit attendees, whose tour itinerary primarily included top Philippine tourist attractions such as Boracay Island in Aklan and El Nido, Palawan. The BCDA, CDC and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), an affiliate of the BCDA Group, were among the government agencies that presented investment offerings to the delegates. Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and Chief Executive Officer, said the WTTC visit came at a perfect time as Clark and New Clark City are playing increasingly critical roles in enabling the local tourism industry and the Philippine economy transition to the new normal. “The BCDA has always believed that the vision for New Clark City as a smart, resilient, sustainable and inclusive metropolis of the future deserves to be on the world stage. What better way to do this than to let international tourism leaders experience in person the excitement that is building here in New Clark City. We at the BCDA are thrilled to host our WTTC guests and show them how far we’ve come in making this vision a reality,” Batuhan said. Batuhan added, “Opportunities for travel, sports tourism and strategic investing will become even more accessible after New Clark City reopens its doors to the public, and when the new Clark International Airport Terminal begins operations in the coming weeks.” For his part, CDC President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel R. Gaerlan said, “We are delighted to welcome the World Travel and Tourism Council delegates to the Clark Freeport Zone. Their presence provides us with an excellent opportunity to highlight the exciting tourism developments in Clark. At the same time, we hope that their visit to the Freeport will underscore Clark’s potential as a leading business location, with its stable investment climate and world-class facilities and utilities. We look forward to fostering a meaningful partnership with the members of WTTC and usher in more business opportunities and possibilities in Clark.” Delegates were given a rolling tour of sites of interest in Clark, covering hotels, resorts, tourist sites, luxury and recreational facilities, and corporate offices. CDC continues its rise as a prime tourism and commercial hub outside of Metro Manila, with over 1,100 business locators setting up shop in the freeport. For the New Clark City leg of the investment tour, the spotlight was also on world-class sports facilities in the rising metropolis, including the Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center and the 525-room Athletes’ Village. New Clark City’s sports complex was a centerpiece venue of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. The investment tour wrapped up at the Athletics Stadium, a Class 1 sports facility certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which recently received a highly commended nod from the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in the Completed Buildings – Sport Category. During the closing ceremony, delegates were treated to assorted Kapampangan and Filipino delicacies for a satisfying taste of the local cuisine and culture. Engr. Joshua Bingcang, SVP of BCDA’s Conversion and Development Group, presents investment offerings in New Clark City to delegates of the 21st World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit during their visit to the new Clark International Airport terminal on April 23, 2022. BCDA photo Delegates of the 21st World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit, Philippine government officials and private sector partners listen to investment offerings at the Subic-Clark-Tarlac corridor during their investment tour of Clark and New Clark City on April 23, 2022.

April 24, 2022

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BCDA, CNLCSCA ink deal for swim events at New Clark City

BCDA Executive Vice President and COO Aileen R. Zosa (second from right), representing BCDA President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, and CNLCSCA Secretary General Rolando Dela Cruz (second from left) lead the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding for the use of sports facilities in New Clark City. BCDA SVP for Corporate Services Arrey Perez (rightmost) and CNLCSCA Director and AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club Head Coach Jensen “Dax” Halili (leftmost) serve as witnesses. The signing event was held on April 22, 2022 at the Aquatics Center of New Clark City, Tarlac. The Central Northern Luzon-CAR Swimming Coaches Association (CNLCSCA) signed Friday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to promote and hold various sports events at New Clark City in Tarlac. The agreement paved the way for the resumption of CNLCSCA’s grassroots swimming series, which was halted for over two years with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by the Angeles City-based AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club, the 80th CNLCSCA Swim Series will commence Saturday at the New Clark City Aquatics Center, with 650 participants from Central and North Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, as well as some swimmers from Metro Manila. BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, represented by Executive Vice President Aileen R. Zosa, and CNLCSCA Secretary General Rolando Dela Cruz led the signing of the MOU, which provides for collaboration over a period of one year, and renewable for another year. “We at the BCDA would like to thank CNLCSCA for choosing New Clark City as your venue of choice for competitions and events. As restrictions continue to ease, BCDA will ensure that this world-class facility remains accessible to athletes of all ages and backgrounds,” Zosa said. Acknowledging CNLCSCA’s efforts to develop grassroots athletes, Zosa said, “We hope to bear witness to the emergence of a new generation of talented, promising, and outstanding swimmers who can compete on the national and international stage.” New Clark City, BCDA’s inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development project north of Metro Manila, remains ready for sporting events amid the pandemic. Its sports complex includes the Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village. “By incredibly hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, we believe that New Clark City is a really good venue for promoting our goals of developing the grassroots program benefiting our athletes. We want them to experience how it is like being in a place where magnificent opportunities are possible,” Dela Cruz said. Comeback of competitive swimming Following FINA competition rules, the 80th CNLCSCA Swim Series will be conducted with timed finals based on the participants’ age groups. Jensen “Dax” Halili, CNLCSCA director and the head coach of the AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club, expressed excitement about the return of competitive swimming for local swimmers, with New Clark City as the venue. “There will be more than 600 swimmers who will participate from different walks of life. We believe that they truly need this boost and motivation amidst the pandemic by competing in our world-class facilities,” Halili said. Health and safety protocols will be strictly enforced during the swim series to protect all participants, coaches, and staff.

April 23, 2022

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Finis partners with BCDA for use of New Clark City sports facilities

BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan and Finis Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia (third and fourth from right, respectively) on March 25, 2022 led the signing of the MOU and letter agreement between BCDA and Finis Philippines for the promotion and use of sports facilities in New Clark City. BCDA SVP for Corporate Services Arrey Perez (second from right) and Finis Philippines Director Marieta Herranz (second from left) served as witnesses. Elite swimmers Kyla Soguilon (leftmost) and Jasmine Mojdeh (rightmost) were in attendance to show their support. Giving a boost to Philippine sports amid the country’s transition to the new normal, swim gear company Finis Philippines has partnered with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to jumpstart sports activities and deliver grassroots competitions at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Aristotle. B. Batuhan and Finis Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signaling the start of collaborative efforts to promote New Clark City and to hold various events in the sports facilities in the area. Under the MOU, both parties are eyeing sustained cooperation over a one-year period, and renewable for another year. “We at the BCDA would like to thank Finis Philippines for choosing New Clark City as their venue of choice for its competitions and training camps. With the country now shifting to the new normal, the BCDA is looking forward to opening its doors to more swimmers and athletes in New Clark City, giving them access to world-class sport facilities,” Batuhan said. Positioned as the new premiere sports destination in the country, the New Clark City sports complex is the first major sports hub built by the government since the completion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in 1934. This consists of the Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village accommodation facility. Finis Philippines is the sole authorized distributor of US-based swim gear brand Finis, which specializes in technical devices used for swim training and competition, as well as technical swimwear. Its training products are widely used by elite swimmers and swim coaches in the US, Australia, Europe and Asia. “Finis exudes elite swimming since all its training gear innovations are developed to make the best of the best. We only find it fitting that we kick off our very own swim competitions with the best and only global standard facility in our nation. This is precisely why we chose BCDA and its New Clark City Aquatics Center,” Garcia said. Elite Filipino swimmers were in attendance at the Aquatics Center as a show of support for the partnership between BCDA and Finis. They include Kyla Soguilon, multiple winner of the Athlete of the Year award by the Philippine Sportswriters Association, and national swimming team record holder Jasmine Mojdeh. Competitions for adults, kids Also during Friday’s event, BCDA and Finis signed the letter agreement for the hosting of the 2022 Short Course Swim Competition Series – Luzon leg on March 26 to 27, and the first Kids of Steel (KOS) Triathlon on March 27 at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. The two-day short swim competition series’ heats will have timed finals, sorted into eight age groups based on the participant’s age as of December 31, 2022. The best swimmers in each category will have a chance to compete for the Finis National Finals this June, also at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. Meanwhile, the KOS Triathlon, officially sanctioned by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP), will continue the grassroots level of scouting potential young triathletes. Promising participants may be asked to join the developmental training program of TRAP. “Our hearts go out to all kids that were cooped up for two years. It has affected their social skills in interacting with other kids, as well as other people. When Level 1 restrictions of the pandemic were announced, we thought that it was the perfect time to have the kids to finally come out and play. Sports is very important to hone the life skills of kids and we should all nurture that,” Garcia said. Garcia added that, ”Once we get our momentum, we have other sports to host in the near future. In the pipelines are the Finis Long Course Swim Competition Series, Open Water Swim Races, Aquathlons, and lots of swim-related training clinics to develop everyone to love the sport of swimming.” To protect the health of the staff and participants, BCDA and Finis assured that minimum health and safety protocols will be strictly implemented during the events.  

March 26, 2022

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Pilot Affordable Housing to rise in New Clark City

New Clark City will be the pilot area for what could be the game-changer in terms of design, concept, and cost in affordable housing in the country. In a recent webinar attended by more than 40 participants from public and private corporations, developers, banks and financial institutions, the BCDA, in partnership with United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (UK-FCDO), unveiled the design and concept for affordable housing that are anchored on the following principles: affordability, mobility, safety and security, economic resilience, healthy design, community and inclusivity, climate and environmental, and accessibility. BCDA Senior Vice President Engr. Joshua Bingcang and the Delivery Team of the Global Future Cities Programme led by Royston Brockman (Director of Tripleline Consulting in UK), Marie Stephanie Tan-Hamed (Partner in SGV/EY Philippines), and Ian Simpson (Director of Broadway Malyan) discussed the overall masterplan, detailed forecast on housing demand and supply, and the financial aspects of the project. View Deck

January 17, 2022

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BSP and BCDA sign contract of lease for new BSP Complex at New Clark City

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed on Wednesday, January 13, a contract for lease of a parcel of land at the New Clark City’s National Government Administrative Center (NCC-NGAC) in Capas, Tarlac that will become the site for the new BSP Complex. BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno and BCDA President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon signed the contract of lease during a virtual ceremony. According to Governor Diokno, “The signing of the contract of lease brings BSP closer to its goal of building a smart, green and modern facility for its operations. This will further bolster the BSP’s capacity to perform its mandate.” Covering more than 300,000 square meters, the new BSP Complex in NCC-NGAC shall house the BSP’s facilities for security printing, minting and refining, cash operations, and production of National ID, as well as other structures and facilities that will support BSP’s operations. “We are very excited that the BSP has decided to move its currency printing and mint facilities to New Clark City. A state-of-the-art facility will rise in New Clark City in the coming years—a testament to the administration’s vision of developing a modern, sustainable, resilient and inclusive metropolis while decongesting Metro Manila,” said Mr. Dizon. Witnessing the signing ceremony were BSP Senior Assistant Governor and General Counsel Elmore O. Capule and BCDA Executive Vice President Aileen Anunciacion R. Zosa.

January 13, 2021

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