Green City and Bonifacio

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By Noel G. Tulabut

My Palm Notes

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Making good its promise to build up the Sacobia Valley or the so-called Clark Sub Zone, the Bases Conversion Development Authority has just bagged its first-ever locator at its proposed Clark Green City.

BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova and UP President Alfredo Pascual recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding in simple rites, signaling a start to what BCDA calls as building a “brain capital”.

This, as the premier state university has set its sight on a hilly area where no institution of learning – government or otherwise – had ever planned of locating, much more, building a campus in.

Casanova said that UP, being the first locator in the country’s soon-to-be most modern, sustainable, hi-tech and globally connected city, has now branded Clark Green City as the knowledge and innovation capital of the country.

He said the UP global campus will serve as a training ground for a generation that will position the Clark Green City as a symbol of innovation—further detailed by its capability of uplifting the quality of life of every human being that will live and work there in the Clark Green City.

Under the MOU, UP has plans of expanding its academic programs on science, technology and the arts in Central Luzon in the next five years.

BCDA shall provide an area within the Institutional Area of the Clark
Green City for the establishment of a UP Campus in the city.

UP, on the other hand, shall spearhead the promotion and development of science and technology education and research, consistent with the university’s mandate and the Clark Green City’s overall plan of being the most modern, smart and green metropolis in the Philippines.

Both the BCDA and UP will work toward the internationalization of UP’s academic and research programs for its campus in Clark Green City by linking with international institutions and organizations.

The newly signed MOU is a continuation of the mutually beneficial partnership between BCDA and UP. In 2011, the UP and BCDA signed a MOA establishing the UP Professional Schools in Bonifacio Global City on a 4,300-square meter lot that was donated by BCDA.

With this undertaking, BCDA is helping – big time – in realizing the
Clark Aerotropolis project which was recently discussed in a forum inside Clark just recently.

You see, an aerotropolis does not only need an airport per se nor the aviation-related businesses. It has to have support facilities and infrastructure like educational institutions where R and D activities could thrive in. And Sacobia Valley could be a perfect environment for universities, owing to its laid back setting.

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BONIFACIO MEMORIAL. It is observed that national hero and martyr Andres Bonifacio is less heralded in many parts of the country unlike Jose Rizal.

Not so, I believe for Angeles City as the Pamintuan Administration is pushing for the erection of a memorial marker for the slain head of the Katipuneros. Whether it is going to be a bust, a statue, a mural, an edifice or any other marker, I think it is high time that we put Gat Andres at a lofty pedestal. Especially so in Angeles City as Ka Andres is said to hail from Masantol, Pampanga, thus, making him a Cabalen.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is bent on having anything in his honor at the Community College of Angeles City or CCA. This move will make aware more students and youngsters about the exploits and heroism of Bonifacio and the Katipuneros – something that is not easily found on Facebook or other social media websites.

And even if there are such sites, who among today’s youth would take time to visit them? (Especially after opening their FB accounts).

A memorial in honor of Ka Andres, thus, would bring to the minds of teenagers and twentyishters who would see it the contributions of our hero towards attaining independence from colonizers.

Mayor Edpam says that the memorial is not a bad idea but it is also appropriate. He says that a befitting commemoration in his honor will be scheduled this November.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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