'Clark centerpiece of development, infra projects'

CLARK FREEPORT -- A director of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said Thursday, October 26, that the Freeport is the centerpiece of the government’s “Build, Build Build” project.

“Central Luzon is very lucky because [it is where] the centerpiece of the Duterte government such as the ‘Build, Build, Build’ [was located]. I think Clark is the centerpiece and you can see on the development,” CDC Director Edwin Rodriguez said during Thursday's topping off ceremony of the Marriott Hotel Clark, the first five-star hotel north of Metro Manila.

With its strategic location and amenities, Clark is predicted to surpass Metro Manila in terms of development, according to Rodriguez.

“Clark will even surpass Metro Manila in the years to come. You have the airport, the green city, seaport, no traffic. I think you produce more and better jobs. This area doesn’t have problems like squatting, all these things,” he added.

He also lauded the vision of the Widus management in coming up with a partnership with Marriott. “This is a very good move for the community as well as the business sector.”

Rodriguez made an assurance that CDC will continue to extend its full support for the future endeavor, especially to those that will bring more jobs and better future for Clark and its stakeholders.

“Once again, Widus has become a big changer in the Clark free zone. With today’s event, we are witnesses to another change in the landscape in this part of the Freeport. Not too long ago, this was once an empty parking space,” he said.

Rodriguez stressed that the topping off ceremony and Marriott’s eventual opening also changes the dynamics of doing business with a world-class vision.

“You have continuously and consistently raised the bar for international standards particularly in the areas of tourism, leisure and recreation,” he said.
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