P13-B government center to rise at New Clark City

CLARK FREEPORT -- The National Government Administrative Center worth P13.16-billion will be constructed inside the New Clark City in time for the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

This was learned during the project’s groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday which was attended by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vince Dizon, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and other officials.

The first phase of the 200-hectare government center includes the development of back-up offices of various agencies to ensure continuous business operations and services to the people in case of disaster and natural calamities.

The BCDA stated that initial phase of the project will be of great significance to the 2019 South East Asian Games which the Philippines will be hosting.

A world-class sports complex with Aquatics and Athletics Center, which will be completed within two years, will serve as venue for the sports events of the 30th Sea Games.

The stadium will have a seating capacity of 20,000 while the Aquatic Center can accommodate 2,000 people.

Phase 1B of the project involves the construction of additional government office buildings, government housing units, and support service facilities inside a 20-hectare land.

Aside from these, small-scale retail and services facilities including banks, health centers, and hotels will be put up in adjacent zones.

MTD Capital Berhad of Malaysia won the bid to build the government hub in Capas, Tarlac where the smart city is situated. The foreign firm submitted its proposal to the BCDA and it is undergoing competitive challenge.

New Clark City, BCDA’s most ambitious project to date, is a new metropolis that will rise within the Clark Special Economic Zone in Capas and Bamban towns in Tarlac province.

It is envisioned to be the country’s first and only smart and green city that will feature mixed use real estate developments, an agro industrial park, and a food processing terminal.

Other officials who graced the event were Senator Joel Villanueva; representatives Karlo Nograles, Albee Benitez, and Pia Cayetano; PMS Head Ferdinand Cui; Undersecretaries Rene Solidum, Cathy Cabral, Karen Jimeno and Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez.
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