UCFC to hold football matches in New Clark City

CAPAS, TARLAC. Philippines Football League (PFL) defending champion United City Football Club (UCFC) is set to hold football matches at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in the coming months, bringing excitement to football fans in Central Luzon. UCFC will be battling against the Azkals Development Team on October 22 at this world-class facility, making it the first football game to be held in New Clark City since it was built in 2019. This will be followed by another match against Stallion Laguna FC on November 5. Through these matches, UCFC seeks to show its commitment to raise Central Luzon’s banner in the football scene. “To represent Central Luzon and bring football to the local community is a major step in the development of professional football in the country. Football is all about belonging, therefore our matches need to be played within the community we are representing, which is Clark in Central Luzon,” UCFC President Eric Gottschalk said. Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa gave her warm welcome to UCFC, and extended BCDA’s commitment to give the best football experience to the teams playing in New Clark City and their fans. “World-class sports facilities, safe environment, and stunning views–New Clark City can offer all of these and more. We are excited that UCFC chose New Clark City Athletics Stadium as the venue for its matches, and we hope to bring pride to players who will be coming to play here,” Zosa said. Tickets for the matches are available on the UCFC website at UCFC joined the PFL as one of the founding teams of the professional league in 2017. Since then, the team has bagged the national championships four times–in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. This PFL Season, which started in August 2022 and will run until May 2023, UCFC is competing against six other teams to bring home the championship trophy and qualify for the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League Group Stage in August. UCFC is expected to hold in New Clark City two more matches before the end of the year and at least six more until April 2023. Certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the New Clark City Athletics Stadium has a 20,000-seating capacity with a nine-lane 400-meter track and field, and another four-lane warm-up track. It was nominated as among the world’s best stadiums in the Stadium of the Year Awards in 2020. The following year, the facility received the Highly Commended recognition from the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in the Completed Buildings – Sport Category, and was also shortlisted for the Engineering Prize of the same competition.

October 13, 2022

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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-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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