CDC: Number of Clark workers grew to 107,000

CLARK FREEPORT -- The number of workers in this Freeport reached 107,000, according to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

The state-owned firm stated that workers in Clark increased by more than 14,227 as of November or within an 11-month period.

CDC President Noel Manankil said the figures were derived from the statistics of 943 registered enterprises and some government agencies.

The report showed that Clark has only 93,467 workers as of December 2016. The increase represents about 12 percent for a period of 11 months.

During the time of American military troops in the country, there were only 20,000 workers in Clark.

CDC attributed the increment to the sound investment climate and economic policies of the Duterte administration.

Among the biggest contributor of jobs here are Japanese-owned Nanox Philippines with 7,926 workers, Sutherland Global Services Philippines, Inc. with 6,071, iQor Philippines, Inc. with 5,857, L&T International Group, Phils. Inc. with 5,200, and Yokohama Tire Phils. Inc with 2,858.

Nanox signed an agreement with CDC and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) for their P731-million expansion project here two years ago.

Industrial firms also employ the biggest number of workers with 49,055 or 46 percent of the total number of workers while the ICT/Business Process Outsourcing firms is the second largest employment contributor with 22,883 or 21 percent.

The employment generation is also expected to increase because of the New Clark City project of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).

New Clark City is the country’s newest development project with mixed-use real estate developments for housing, a business continuity center that would also house national government agencies, an agro-industrial park that will provide a platform for research and development, and the Philippine Sports City inside 9,450-hectare at Clark Special Economic Zone.

Under the Build Build Build mantra of President Duterte, the BCDA was able to start the construction of P9.3-billion passenger terminal at the Clark International Airport last December 20, 2017.

The project is being implemented in partnership with Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Finance and Department of Budget and Management.
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