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CIAC exec: Dito investment in Clark a much-needed respite

A TOP official of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) said the investment of Dito Telecommunity Corporation for its ongoing infrastructure rollout is a welcome respite to interrupted businesses in Clark Freeport because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

CIAC president Aaron Aquino said Dito’s Google campus-inspired data center, which recently broke ground at the Clark Global City, will further boost business activities in Clark.

The mixed-use business district Clark Global City is located within the Clark Civil Aviation Complex owned and managed by CIAC.

“The government needs to keep the economy running even as we battle the pandemic and Dito’s ideal investment here at the strategic and disaster-resilient Clark Global City has a cascading impact on driving employment and further attracting multiple local and foreign investments,” Aquino said.

The aviation complex is also home to the privately-run Clark International Airport, transport hubs, and several locators in cargo and aviation-related businesses.

“There’s also obviously a sharp growth in the consumption of communications services and Dito showcases the importance of always-on connectivity, and of job generation that will stir up an otherwise disrupted economy,” Aquino said.

In a statement, Dito said it has an initial P13.6-billion investment in the first year, with an additional P6.9 billion to be spent in the subsequent four years.

Aquino noted the telecommunications company looks forward to hiring some 800 workers in the first year, most likely residents of cities and towns surrounding Clark, and up to 4,500 locals on its fifth year of operations.

Aside from the state-of-the-art data center, Dito’s eight-hectare operations center will include a serve-call center, a regional center and a research and development facility.

Dito Telecommunity also said its presence in Clark is a “commitment to provide world-class telecommunications services that the Filipinos deserve.”

Dito is comprised of Udenna Corporation and Chelsea Logistics, with Beijing-run China Telecom as its foreign partner.


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