Angeles exec: Preserve old trees, historical sites in Clark

ANGELES CITY -- Amid massive development in Clark Freeport, a councilor in this city has urged the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to preserve the century-old trees and historical sites inside the freeport.

Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil, chair of the Angeles City Council committee on Clark Economic Zone, disclosed that hundreds of century-old acacia trees and historical sites should not be sacrificed because of development.

“The BCDA and CDC should preserve hundreds of age old trees as well as historical sites of Clark like the parade ground surrounded by decades-old trees, areas in CDC, picnic grounds, trees along the Freeport main roads and others,” Sangil said.

He also asked the government agencies to restore the CDC buildings, barn houses, chapels, movie theaters in Clark.

“If there are China town and Korea town, let us have a Fil-Am town in Clark and regulate the buildings’ height similar to several areas in California,” the city official said.

For a long time, Sangil said the CDC Parade Ground has been used by both the American and Filipino soldiers next to Fort Stotsenberg.

The parade ground is one of the most frequented places in Clark which is also used as area for various sports tourism events, jogging, walking, cycling, and others, according to the councilor.
“The massive construction of businesses inside the Freeport is a welcome development but we would like to remind Clark officials to regulate the same and maintain the green environment in Clark,” Sangil said.
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