New Clark City

New Clark City project improves lives of IPs

New Clark City project improves lives of IPs New Clark City opened doors to better economic opportunities for indigenous people (IP) living inCapas, Tarlac with the employment and livelihood programs initiated by the Bases Conversion andDevelopment Authority (BCDA). Jaymar Tiglao of Sitio Kalangitan is only one of more than 300 Aetas who are employed in theconstruction of New Clark City Phase 1A or the National Government Administrative Center(NGAC). According to Tiglao, since the start of the development project, many of them in the Aetacommunities no longer need to continue planting camote crops in the upland. Their debts in “sari-sari” stores had already been paid off with the salaries they got from their more stable jobs aslaborers in New Clark City. Some of them were even able to purchase motorcycles. Those without jobs no longer hang around doing nothing and have become more productive, Tiglaosaid. “Maaga na natutulog ang mga tao dahil maaga na sila nagigising para pumasok. Nawala naang mga tambay sa aming lugar.” Tiglao said his life became better because he now has a more stable job compared in the past whenhe used to plant camote and other crops without any assurance of selling them for profit. Reynaldo Medrano, chieftain of Sitio Kalangitan, echoed the sentiments of Tiglao. “Nagpapasalamat kami dahil lahat ng pwedeng magtrabaho, nandoon sila sa New Clark City. Saakin kasing karanasan, ang magsasaka ay laging bagsak,” said Medrano. “Yung mga kababayan ko sa Kalangitan, masaya kami na nakikita namin na nandyan silanagtatrabaho at kumikita…May trabaho, may mga maayos na daan, at masaya ang bawat pamilyadahil may pagkain yung mga bata,” Bayani Sumawang, Aeta tribal leader and former commissionerof the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), added. Because of the roads being built to and from New Clark City, access and connectivity have becomepossible for everyone, particularly IPs, residents, and farmers for their livelihood. The roads benefitespecially those living in far-flung barangays. BCDA holds regular dialogues with the NCIP and the communities to assure that they are part ofthe New Clark City development. Financial assistance packages amounting to Php300,000 per hectare (or Php30.00/sq.m.) were madeavailable, the highest compensation package provided by government, to project-affected people. Relocations sites within New Clark City were also provided for those whose residential structureswere affected. BCDA worked with credible institutions, such as the University of the Philippines and the AsianDevelopment Bank, to master-plan, and ensure the sustainability and inclusivity of New Clark City. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-Macasaet09088998578

July 12, 2019

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New Clark City promotes inclusive development

New Clark City promotes inclusive development The construction of New Clark City not only pushes regional growth, but also promotes inclusivedevelopment as the infrastructure project creates opportunities for indigenous peoples (IPs),residents, and farmers. Located within the Clark Special Economic Zone, New Clark City is government land owned bythe Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). There are no declared ancestraldomains or Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADT) in the area. “Ang dine-develop ngayon ay ang National Government Administrative Center na kung saan, niisang katutubo ay walang naapektuhan,” Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan said in an interview.“Walang ancestral domain doon sa New Clark City,” he stressed. BCDA is also building access roads to and from New Clark City that will provide access andconnectivity to everyone, especially IPs, residents, and farmers for their livelihood. The roads willbenefit all stakeholders as they gain access to more economic opportunities and social services. “Makikinabang ang ating mga kababayan kasi magiging daan ito kung saan nila pwede i-transportyung kanilang goods or services papunta sa bayan at papunta sa kanilang kanayunan,” Engr. JoshuaBingcang, BCDA Senior Vice President for Business Development and Operations, said in aseparate interview. In a previous statement, BCDA said it holds regular dialogues with the National Commission onIndigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the communities to assure that they are part of the New Clark Citydevelopment.  “Ayaw naming mapag-iwanan sila sa development. Ang gusto namin talaga ay ito ay socially-inclusive yung development; walang mapag-iiwanan,” said Bingcang. Out of the 9,450 hectares, only 3,500 hectares are buildable, leaving 6,000 hectares or 60% of greenand open spaces for upland farming and forest reserves. Financial assistance packages amounting to Php300,000 per hectare (or Php30.00/sq.m.) were madeavailable, the highest compensation package provided by government, to project-affected people.Relocations sites within New Clark City were also provided for those whose residential structureswere affected. BCDA also said that it worked with credible institutions, such as the University of the Philippinesand the Asian Development Bank, to master-plan to ensure the sustainability and inclusivity ofNew Clark City.  The development of the 1.4-kilometer River Park Corridor follows the natural flow of the Cutcutriver as advised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to protect and preserve the river. The ADB is also conducting a Biodiversity Assessment and Hydrology Study to conserve the floraand fauna and ensure the sustainability of water in New Clark City. According to BCDA, the University of the Philippines Training Center for Applied Geodesy andPhotogrammetry (UP-TCAGP) also did the aerial mapping for New Clark City to ensure that themasterplan is aligned with the natural contours and usage of the land, allowing maximum benefitsfor the government and all stakeholders. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-Macasaet09088998578

July 11, 2019

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Sec. Dominguez pushes New Clark City as gov’t hub

Sec. Dominguez pushes New Clark City as gov’t hubNEW CLARK CITY – Relocating to New Clark City “makes a lot of sense” for nationalgovernment offices, says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, as he lauded the speedyconstruction of the development’s first phase. Patterned after Putrajaya in Malaysia, the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) inNew Clark City is part of the Duterte administration’s plan to decongest Metro Manila. “The government offices in Manila are scattered all over the city; and for the public, it’s verydifficult for them if they have to deal with several ministries to go from one place to another. Thismakes a lot of sense,” Dominguez said in an interview. “We own the land, it’s available, it will be accessible through rail, train, highways, so it makessense to really consider moving here,” he added. New Clark City will be connected to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the ClarkInternational Airport via access roads. A railway network stretching from Calamba in Laguna toNew Clark City will also be operational by 2025. BCDA and private partner, infrastructure developer MTD Philippines, commit to finish Phase 1Ain two months. “You know, we laid the groundwork in January of 2018. And in 18 months, this is what you have.This is the result of good planning and excellent management,” said Dominguez of his recent visitto New Clark City. Phase 1A of New Clark City also involves the construction of world-class sports facilities to beused in this year’s hosting of the South East Asian Games. The facilities include the 20,000-seaterAthletic Stadium, 2,000-seater Aquatic Center, and an Athletes’ Village. New Clark City is envisioned to be the country’s first smart, green, and resilient metropolis in thecountry. “The vision of President Duterte for New Clark City is really to afford Filipinos with a betterquality of life,” said BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon. “The President wants to spread growth outside of the cities and Clark, in the very near future, willbe the clear embodiment of this inclusive growth,” Dizon added. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-Macasaet09088998578

July 8, 2019

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Supreme Court inks MOU with BCDA for 5.8-hectare Judiciary Complex

Supreme Court inks MOU with BCDA for 5.8-hectare Judiciary Complex The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Supreme Court of thePhilippines signed on Thursday, July 4, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the allocationof a 5.8-hectare area inside the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New ClarkCity for its judiciary offices. Gracing the event was Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. The signing was led by Court AdministratorJose Midas Marquez, who was authorized to sign by the Court en banc, and BCDA President andCEO Vivencio Dizon. Witnessing the signing were Atty. Laura C.H. del Rosario, Deputy Clerk ofCourt and Judicial Reform Program Administrator, and BCDA Executive Vice President and ChiefOperating Officer Aileen Anunciacion Zosa. The signing of the MOU jumpstarts a further agreement between both parties for the developmentof the Supreme Court’s new facilities. The 5.8-hectare lot will be used, among others, as a regional office of the Supreme Court with anarchive center, data center, and a training center with living quarters, and for its attached agenciessuch as the Philippine Judicial Academy, the Judicial and Bar Council, and the MandatoryContinuing Legal Education Office. “The concept of the NGAC is a step in the right direction for the Philippines,” Chief JusticeBersamin said in a previous statement. “The Supreme Court welcomes the opportunity to become astakeholder and locator,” the Chief Justice added. Under the MOU, the Supreme Court’s lot will be surrounded by a residential area, a businesscenter, and a proposed governance innovation hub. Supreme Court’s new office in NGAC will alsobe accessible to the 12.05-kilometer road from New Clark City to the Subic-Clark-TarlacExpressway (SCTEX). “We’re fortunate that the highest tribunal is joining us with the vision for New Clark City,” Dizonsaid. “This huge support adds value to Clark’s steady growth which will further expand with thedevelopment of connectivity infrastructure, such as the Clark International Airport new terminalbuilding and the construction of railways,” he added. The 200-hectare mixed-use government center in New Clark City is an integral part of PresidentDuterte’s vision to accelerate economic growth in the regions by decentralizing state offices inMetro Manila and solving the congestion problem in the capital. Phase 1A of NGAC involves the construction of world-class sports facilities to be used in thisyear’s hosting of the South East Asian Games. The facilities include the 20,000-seater AthleticStadium, 2,000-seater Aquatic Center, and an Athletes’ Village. As the country’s first smart, green, and resilient city, New Clark City is envisioned to be a world-class government hub designed to ensure continuous business operations and services for thepeople in case of disaster or national calamities.  -END- References:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAVP for Corporate Communications, BCDA09088998578 Atty. Brian Keith F. HosakaAssistant Court AdministratorSpokespersonChief, Supreme Court Public Information Office09399903347

July 4, 2019

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New Clark City sports facilities celebrate modern Filipino architecture

New Clark City sports facilities celebrate modern Filipino architecture, design Sports facilities rising in New Clark City for the upcoming South East Asian Games celebrate modern architecture and design showcasing Filipino culture and lifestyle. The new sports facilities are part of Phase 1A of the New Clark City National Government Administrative Center (NGAC). The facilities include a 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium, a 2,000- seater Aquatics Center and an Athletes’ Village, and are surrounded by a 1.4-kilometer river park development with bikeways and jogging paths. “When we designed the sports complex, we wanted it to be both a display of modernity and our culture. We wanted it to be a showcase of authentic Filipino identity,” says Arch. Royal Pineda, principal architect and CEO of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design, the firm behind the world- class design of the New Clark City facilities. The Athletics Stadium takes inspiration from the “caldera” or crater of the Mount Pinatubo and the contours of the surrounding Zambales and Sierra Madre ranges. What makes the design more iconic is the use of lahar as building material and incorporating nature’s color such as the lava (active orange) on the composite steel frames, exuding adrenalin in sports and representing the Filipino people’s resilience. The roof structure of the Aquatics Center meanwhile resemble native lanterns made of Capiz shells and the framing mimics the patterns of the woven fish nets used by local fishermen. Infrastructure developer MTD Philippines, the project partner of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), has committed to finish the new SEA Games sports facilities in New Clark City by August 2019. “More than an attraction, these facilities are an expression of the government’s unwavering support for our national athletes,” said PHISGOC Deputy Director General/Mayor of Athletes’ Village and Security Services Arrey Perez. The 9,450-hectare New Clark City is envisioned to be the country’s first smart, green, sustainable, and resilient metropolis in the country. -END – Reference: Mr. Arrey Perez Deputy Director General/Mayor of Athletes’ Village Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee  Mobile No. +639175773914

February 20, 2019

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Housing for government workers soon to rise in New Clark City

Housing for government workers soon to rise in New Clark CityThe Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and its partner MTD Philippines Inc.on Thursday held a symbolic topping-off ceremony at The Residences, a 525-unit condominiumtype housing in New Clark City for use of government employees and other locators. Tarlac 2nd District Representative Victor Yap and Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan graced theevent. Officials of the government agencies which will soon have its offices in New Clark City were alsopresent. These include Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) President and CEO CeciliaBorromeo, Landbank Leasing Corp. President and CEO Manuel Lopez, Office of Civil DefenseDeputy Administrator Kristoffer James Purisima and UP-Philippine Eye Research Institute DirectorDr. Leo Cubillan. The Residences is an integral part of the government’s response to President Duterte’s vision todecentralize state offices in Metro Manila and solve the congestion problem in the capital. Around 1,000 government employees will benefit from the 525-unit housing facility which willhave modern amenities. The project is significant for the government employees who will be thefirst occupants of New Clark City, the first smart and disaster-resilient city in the country. In the long run, an estimated 1.02 million residents are expected to populate New Clark City and582,000 of these will belong to the city’s workforce. The topping-off ceremony of The Residences complements other developments in New Clark Citysuch as the world-class sports facilities to be used for the 30th South East Asian Games, and theprovision of reliable water and power utilities in the new metropolis. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-Macasaet09088998578

January 31, 2019

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