Saturday July 21, 2018

Clark, Palafox ink agreement for freeport's new master plan

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged an agreement with renowned urban planner Palafox Associates (PA) for a new master development and business plan for the freeport.

CDC President and Chief Executive Officer Noel Manankil signed the agreement with PA Founder Felino Palafox, Jr.

The new master plan will enable the freeport to be more marketable, effective and viable. It will be in sync with the current developments which include the Clark International Airport and Clark Green City projects.

The plan, which includes the business aspects, will leverage on Clark’s potentials in terms of environment friendly, smart and resilient status as a modern industrial estate and premier service and logistics hub in the region, Manankil said.

Palafox Associates is known for its architecture, master planning, and/or urban design of islands, provinces, cities, municipalities and towns, retail and entertainment centers, golf course communities, commercial, office, institutional, industrial, residential, and tourism estates and mixed-use development projects of high, medium, and low-rise buildings.

The master plan will also take into consideration the expiring 25-year lease contracts of the initial batch of locators and the current thrust of the Duterte administration on infrastructure developments in Central Luzon.

In light of the expirations of lease contracts, the new development plan will optimize the development potentials of Clark without compromising the economic, environmental and social integrity of the main zone and the surrounding areas, according to Manankil.

The proposed master plan will also include Subic-Clark Corridor and consider a total integrated plan for the Freeport, Civil Aviation Complex Area, Clark Special Economic Zone and New Green City.

The Clark airport complex development plan prepared by French firm Aeroport De Paris is also integrated in the new master plan.