CLARK FREEPORT – The press center for local and national journalists here is ready for relocation to a renovated barn house, an official of the Clark Development Corporation said.

CDC Public Affairs Manager Angelo “Sonny” Lopez, Jr. said the state-owned firm’s Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Department (ECMD) has already inspected Building no. 2019, which will house the new CDC Press Center and the headquarters of the Capampangan in Media, Incorporated (Cami).

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Lopez said the ECMD is preparing its recommendations for the rehabilitation of the barn house that would be submitted soon to the CDC management for approval. The barn house among others was built by American soldiers here in the mid-1940s.


He added that the barn house was personally endorsed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to CDC President Benigno Ricafort during the media group’s induction of officers last January 20 at the Fontana Convention Center here.


Lopez said the former CDC Press Center will be used by the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) for its operations.

Earlier, the CDC and the PVB signed a lease agreement for the development of a commercial building that will house the bank’s permanent facility, a food court and canteen for CDC employees, and office spaces that would be open for lease.


Lopez said the existing CDC Press Center will continue to operate until its new site has been fully equipped with the necessary communications facilities like telephone and Internet connections.


“The CDC has always been supportive to the needs of our friends in the media, which is why we provide them the necessary facilities they can use to pursue their profession,” Lopez said. (Press release)