THE Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has recorded 54 new locators with an additional workforce of 5,295 in the first seven months of this year.
During the recent Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC), CDC vice president for Business Enhancement and Business Development Group (BDBEG) Evangeline Tejada said Clark now has a total of 1,092 locators, compared with 1,038 companies at the end of 2018.
Tejada also mentioned that more job opportunities were made available. From 122,973 employees last year, the workers also grew to a total of 128,268 as of the first semester of 2019.
CDC said these figures prove that Clark is a preferred area for business and career growth.
The increase in numbers of locators and workers in Clark could be attributed to the sound economic policy of the Duterte administration since 2016.
Industrial firms in Clark employ the biggest number of workers with 46,809 or 36.49 percent of the total number of workers, while the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry is the second largest with 22,827 employees or 17.80 percent, followed by estate developers with 21,806, service industry with 16,317, and tourism with 10,241 employees.
Other employment contributors are commercial, institutional, aviation-related, logistics, utility and agro-industrial industries. A significant increase in employment generation is also expected in the coming years once the New Clark City becomes fully operational.
Aside from jobs and investment generation, the MCAC, chaired by CDC president and chief executive officer Noel Manankil and co-chaired by Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, also tackled various infrastructure and other community projects.
Present during the recent MCAC meeting were Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr., Capas, Tarlac Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Jose Antonio Feliciano and Porac Mayor Jaime Capil.