SEA Games

30TH SEA GAMES – WATER POLO

The water polo competition is one of the four aquatic sports along with swimming, diving, and open water swimming held at the Aquatics Center in New Clark City during the 2019 SEA Games. Among the squad that caught the imagination of sports fans in the country at the 30th SEA Games is the Philippine Men’s National Water Polo Team who capped their magical run with silver while other record-breaking performances by athletes from other countries were also celebrated. Singapore’s star swimmer, and 30th SEA Games gold medalist, Joseph Schooling has described the FINA-certified pool at the Aquatics Center as “beautiful.” But aside from the aesthetics of the entire structure, there are technologies inside the center that support optimum athletic performance that athletes like Schooling have been raving about.

November 26, 2019

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PGH Polyclinic at New Clark City opens in time for SEA Games

PGH Polyclinic at New Clark City opens in time for SEA GamesThe PGH Polyclinic (Phase 1) of the PhilippineGeneral Hospital Satellite for Sports Medicineand Wellness (PGH-SSMW) at the sprawlingNew Clark City was inaugurated Tuesday,November 19, in time for the holding of theSouth East Asian Games there from November30 to December 11, 2019. During the SEA Games, the PGH Polyclinic willbe equipped with a 24-hour Emergency RoomFacility, Primary Care and Sports Medicine,Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Imaging Center (X-ray and Ultrasound), Diagnostic Laboratoryand Pharmacy. “We thank the University of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital for putting up a polyclinicthat would provide free medical and health care services to athletes participating in the SEA Games,”BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said. “This facility will also greatly benefit future residents of NewClark City, as well as the neighboring towns and provinces.” “The University of the Philippines, through UP Manila and its training hospital, PGH, is committed to servethe health needs of the SEAG athletes as well as the rest of the community of New Clark City,” UPPresident Danilo Concepcion said. The Memorandum of Agreement to operate Phase 1 of the PGH-SSMW will be signed by UP PresidentConcepcion, and National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) Phase 1A Joint Venture Chair, Mr.Isaac David. The PGH-SSMW is beside the New Clark City Athletics Stadium, which is part of the Sports Complex thatwill serve as the national training center of Filipino athletes and host to major international sports eventsstarting with the SEA Games. The complex boasts of a 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium, a 2,000-seater Aquatics Center with an Olympic-size pool, and an Athletes’ Village which will house the SEA Games athletes, officials and volunteers.Depending on the population growth of the community, the PGH Polyclinic will expand initially to a 25-bedhospital and then to a 200-bed hospital. With the full development of the New Clark City decades from now,a 1,000-bed PGH is being planned. BCDA is implementing the New Clark City project, a 9,450-hectare metropolis that is considered a flagshipproject of the national government in the northern portion of the 32,000-hectare Clark Freeport and SpecialEconomic Zone. The master planned metropolis will host businesses, domestic and international trade, regional tourismcenters, schools and hospitals, research and development entities, national government offices, andheadquarters of international offices.

November 26, 2019

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Swimming, athletics international reps praise New Clark City venues

Swimming, athletics international reps praise New Clark City venues International representatives for athletics and swimming in the upcoming 30th South East AsianGames (SEA Games) lauded the world-class Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center built in NewClark City, as well as the technology and equipment used in the new facilities.  Ibrahim Fadil Naddeh, international representative for swimming and secretary of the SwimmingTechnical Committee of Asian Amateur Swimming Federation (AASF), cited the quick constructionof the sports facilities in just 18 months.  “This took only one year and [six] months to complete, from the time we started construction, andfor me, this is Guinness Book of World Records [quality],” he said, adding that athletes can do“proper training and proper competition” with the Aquatics Center.  The Aquatics Center features a 10-lane competition pool, eight-lane training pool, and a divingpool with a five-meter maximum depth. National athletes who competed in the 1st PhilippineNational Open Swimming Championships held last weekend in New Clark City said thecompetition pool was a “fast pool.”  Valson Cuddikotta, international representative for athletics, said the Athletics Stadium is“advanced and has come out very well.” “I only see mountains there when I came two years ago.But now, I see a world class athletics venue.”  “If you have an opportunity, please visit the venue. It has come out so well… And I must say theycan conduct any event of the highest magnitude in this New Clark City stadium they haveconstructed,” he said. “Equipment-wise, they have chosen the best equipment. And the timing and scoring equipmentare world-class,” Cuddikotta said.  The Athletics Stadium features a nine-lane world-class track and field facility, an indoor track, hasa 20,000-seating capacity, and meets the standards of the International Association of AthleticsFederations (IAAF).  The new sports facilities were built by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)and its joint venture partner, MTD Clark, Inc., as part of the National Government AdministrativeCenter or Phase 1A of New Clark City.  Aside from hosting the athletics events, and swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimmingcompetitions, New Clark City will also be the venue of the SEA Games Closing Ceremony onDecember 11. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAVP for Corporate Communications+63 908 899 8578

September 5, 2019

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New Clark City sports facilities boost performance of national athletes

New Clark City sports facilities boost performance of national athletes CAPAS, TARLAC– The Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) and the Philippine Athletics Track and FieldAssociation (PATAFA) Inc. were impressed by the newly built Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center inNew Clark City as both were recently tested by national athletes during the pre-qualifying competitionsheld here for the upcoming 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games. “I’ve seen this in phases, from raw land to the time that this was being built,” says PATAFA PresidentPhilip Ella Juico, referring to the Athletics Stadium where the 2019 PATAFA Weekly Relay Series washeld. “I’ve visited other facilities in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Indonesia and [the stadium] comparesvery favorably. It has all of the requirements of a modern facility that is approved by the highest trackand field authorities in the world.” Juico also mentioned the positive feedback of the athletes towards the new stadium, highlighting the firstgovernment-owned warm-up track oval which is a big improvement from their former training facility. “All of them love it. They feel that this is the best for them. The track itself is not too hard, it’s not toodemanding on their legs. So we expect good performances from them,” he said. Meanwhile, PSI President Lani Velasco said that the FINA-accredited Aquatics Center can be “thetraining ground for all European and US-based swimmers who are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.” Velasco said that the swimmers were happy that the competition pool at the Aquatics Center is a “fastpool” which can positively impact the speed and performance of the swimmers. Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Deputy Director General ArreyPerez remarked that the said competitions called “sports rehearsals,” allow BCDA to identify thestrengths of the facilities before the games start. “Without the support of President Duterte and his sheer will to make this happen, the world-classfacilities for our athletes will not be here,” BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said. “BCDA is veryproud that the athletes were able to use the sports facilities which are part New Clark City, the country’sfirst smart and resilient metropolis.” -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice President for Corporate Communications09088998578

September 2, 2019

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National athletes test SEA Games-ready facilities in New Clark City

National athletes test SEA Games-ready facilities in New Clark City CAPAS, TARLAC — In preparation for the upcoming South East Asian (SEA) Games, nationalathletes tested the new and modern sports facilities at the New Clark City during the pre-qualifying competitions held here, in the field of swimming and athletics. Competition winnerswill be part of the national team for the SEA Games which will run from November 30 toDecember 11. The 1st Philippine National Open Swimming Championships organized by the PhilippineSwimming, Inc., was held in the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center and will run from August 31 toSeptember 3. Meanwhile, the final leg of the 2019 Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association(PATAFA) Weekly Relay Series will be held at the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium onSeptember 1, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Before, these facilities were just a dream. Now, I’m happy to see our athletes training here asthey make their country proud in the upcoming biennial games. The facilities are proof thatgovernment is serious in providing our athletes with a sports center that is truly world-class,”BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said. This was also the first time that the road from New Clark City to the Subic-Clark-TarlacExpressway (SCTEX) was used by the athletes. The road will boost accessibility in the area andease traffic especially during main events. The newly finished Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center meet the standards of internationalgoverning bodies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and theFederation Internationale de Natation (FINA). Inspired by native features, the facilities weredesigned and built to show the resiliency of the Filipino spirit. The Athletics Stadium takes inspiration from the “caldera” or crater of Mt. Pinatubo and theorganic lahar material of the concrete. The stadium features a world-class 400-meter, nine-lanestandard track. The design for the Aquatics Center shows the coastal heritage of the Filipino people, depictingCapiz shells used as windows, while the structural faming mimics the weaving patterns of the“baklad’” or woven fish nets. The Athletes’ Village inside the New Clark City sports complex will serve as home of theathletes, officials, and international volunteers for the entire duration of the 2019 SEA Games. Itwill have 525 rooms, 95 of which are for PWDs, gym amenities, kitchen and dining areas,conference rooms, and other recreational facilities. After SEA Games, the facilities will be used by our athletes for training, and will serve as venuesfor events, concerts, and other sports events.  -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice President09088998578

August 31, 2019

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New Clark City close to ready for 2019 SEA Games

New Clark City close to ready for 2019 SEA GamesThe Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and its partner MTD Philippines Inc. is ontrack in finishing the world-class facilities in New Clark City before the 30th Southeast Asian Gamesopen in November 2019. “Phase 1 of the National Government Administrative Center in New Clark City has significantlyprogressed since it broke ground January this year,” BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon said. “This proves that government is true to its promise of building quality infrastructure within setdeadlines,” he added. Phase 1 of the 200-hectare National Government Administrative Center involves the development ofback-up offices of various agencies to ensure continuous business operations and services for the peoplein case of disasters or national calamities. Phase 1A will house the world-class Athletics Stadium, Aquatics Center, Athletes’ Village, andgovernment housing which will soon benefit thousands of athletes and government workers. By the endof 2019, we will see the National Government Administrative Center completed and fully operational. Phase 1B will involve development of more government buildings, residences and other supportfacilities that will commence in 2020. The government center in New Clark City is part of President Duterte’s plan to decongest Metro Manilaby decentralizing state offices from the capital. Such move will also spur economic growth in the regions as government continues to develop areasoutside Manila. Other developments in New Clark CityFilinvest Land Inc.’s (FLI) 288-hectare mixed-use industrial area in New Clark City is also in the workswith the groundbreaking in early 2019. FLI’s industrial area is envisioned to be future-ready and sustainable as it will adopt a vibrant “live-work-play” environment. BCDA and China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) also partnered to develop a 500-hectaremixed-use industrial park in New Clark City. Both parties signed an agreement in November 19, 2018 during the visit of Chinese President XiJinping. This is anchored on Philippine and China’s program for cooperation on industrial parks. Provision of reliable water and power utilities in New Clark City is also well underway. The city is setto have the lowest water and power rates in the country which will surely attract locators, businesses,and residents. BCDA signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with the PrimeWater consortium for water andwastewater services, which submitted the lowest bid of Php9.45 per cubic meter. PrimeWater’s offer bested the Php11.00 per cubic meter bid by the Manila Water Company.For power distribution in New Clark City, BCDA targets to sign the JVA with the winning partner byearly 2019. The Meralco-Marubeni Consortium submitted the lower tariff bid of Php0.6188 per kilowatt hour,besting the Php0.9888/kwh proposal of the Aboitiz-KEPCO Consortium. The Meralco consortium will undergo a post-qualification process before the award.The Asian Development Bank acted as BCDA’s transaction adviser for the national governmentcenter’s power, water and wastewater infrastructures. New Clark City is the country’s first smart, green, and resilient city, and BCDA’s most ambitiousproject to date. Upon full completion, the city will be the symbol of a modern and inclusive Philippines. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice President for Corporate CommunicationsMobile No. 0908-8998578

December 31, 2018

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