CDC wants Freeport works finished by December

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Friday, September 5, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- As the "Ber" months have set in, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Arthur Tugade said he "does not want any more delays in construction works inside the Freeport and that everything should be accomplished by December."

Tugade reminded stakeholders that the Freeport will be the host to some 1,200 delegates from the Asia Pacific regions and should be ready to show the economic ministers of its progress during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings in January 2015.

"I want everything done by December. It is no longer an option to delay any construction work now that we have entered the 'Ber' months," he said.

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Tugade underscored the importance of the foiled $40-million The Medical City-Clark (TMCC) here for the delegation, which may not be operational when the year ends.

"I am hoping that the disagreements among parties concerned with the medical facility will be addressed soon because I will need that facility during the Apec meet," said Tugade.

"We shall remain impartial and objective regarding their internal dispute so long as progress in this eco-zone is not affected, and peace and order situation is not disturbed," he said.

Amid conflicting reports on the status of the TMCC, Tugade said the hospital is around 90 percent complete and that medical facilities needed for it to formally operate will soon be installed.

Moreover, the CDC president said that infrastructure projects and other improvements inside and around the perimeter of the Freeport are being fast-tracked to meet the December target. Construction work for the Rotunda and Clark approach and road expansion to ease traffic along the main arteries has formally started this month, while other improvements and preparations, including traffic lights, hotel accommodations and installation of CCTV cameras and security systems, are set to be finished in three to four months.

Among those that have been completed include soft infra projects made around the parade grounds such as the exterior re-painting works of the CDC Health Office, Clark Museum, Public Safety Department, Chapel 2 at the commercial area, some of Clark’s playground equipment, Bi-Centennial and Children’s Park, and improvements on the drainage system along CDC locators’ areas.

Park lights inside the parade grounds have likewise been replaced with LED-based lights to be more cost and energy effective, while 26 sets of trash bins and 11 sets of barbeque grills have been provided for use around the grounds, according to the agency's Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Department.

The CDC and the Angeles City government are also working closely for the clean-up and beautification of Don Juico Avenue and the removal of illegal vendors around the Clark perimeter.

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