BCDA tapped to study Bondoc’s proposal

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- While President Benigno Aquino III is "still thinking" of moving national government agencies to the Clark Freeport Zone as broached by Pampanga Representative Rimpy Bondoc, he has tapped the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) to conduct a study on the proposal.

Last Tuesday, Bondoc disclosed of his proposal to have all national government agencies’ office moved to Clark Freeport, citing that putting them all together in one area is a basic requirement of governance. He noted that Clark is the most ideal place where all agencies should be located.

“When you are in Clark, after your arrival at the airport, within five minutes you can have a meeting with the people you want to have a conversation or transact with. It will decongest Metro Manila. Just imagine having all government offices in Clark. There will be a boom in housing and in real estate. We already have Clark International Airport. There’s room for housing. We have developed roads and infrastructures. That means Clark is the perfect place,” said Bondoc.

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However, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said Aquino is still “contemplating” on the proposal of establishing government centers at Clark Freeport.

He said in a statement that President Aquino has directed the BCDA to lead the study group in transferring the national government agencies at Clark Freeport Zone.

"BCDA ang inatasan ni Pangulong Aquino na mag-aral hinggil sa proposal na itayo ang government center sa Clark," Coloma said. (Kristine Venet Q. Andal)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 02, 2014.

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