Development of Clark Valley City eyed

MEXICO, Pampanga - In line with the continuous development being implemented by the government inside the Clark Freeport Zone, Sangguniang Tribung Aeta Legislative Tribal Secretary and Technical consultant and Licensed Real Estate Consultant Albert dela Cruz expressed his desire to develop the Clark Valley City.

This was gleaned during the formulation of the Tribung Aeta Sustainable Protection Program held at Amber Trail Resort here where Dela Cruz served as one of the sponsors and participants.

According to Dela Cruz, the Clark Valley City which mostly compromises the ancestral domain of the Tribung Aeta in Mabalacat City is also poised for major development similar to the ongoing massive infrastructure projects being done at the New Clark City.

Dela Cruz said that the Clark Valley City may be developed into an ecotourism estate with a high end hotel and theme park, as well as a hydro electric water impounding area which may become an optimum and sustainable water reservoir and energy of Clark Freeport and Clark New City and the local community for the next 25 years.

“As we know, deep drilled water is in fast depletion. We need to use the free surface water. As the Sangguniang Tribung Aeta Legislative Tribal secretary, I saw the strength of the Clark Valley Ecozone for the ecotourism program, considering the ten falls within the area including the ‘King of its Falls’, the Mt. Babaribol Falls comparable to the best falls is the country with a good climate just like the Banaue Rice Terraces,” he stressed.

He also added that 50 hectares of the land may be developed into international sport and health school focusing on track and field and soccer which can develop the skills of Aetas and serve as grooming ground for future national athletes.

For the low-cost residential housing program, Dela Cruz said newly appointed PAGIBIG Fund Trustee Crisostomo Gotladera already expressed his intention to consider a financing scheme for the housing units to be constructed for the mid-cost housing program.

The program may be included under the term sharing scheme or long term lease in the Clark Valley Economic Zone similar to the scheme adopted for the Clark New City long term lease housing program, he added.

“Through the program, Aetas may apply for housing loan amounting to P3-million to P6-million payable for 25 years at most,” he said, adding that the proposed development is to prepare the area on the massive development of Clark Freeport and Clark New City.

Clark Valley Economic Zone is in the center of development of Subic Clark and Clark New City and will be the intersection of development because of its location and natural beauty where it will be the cross road of the Clark Freeport to Clark New City road through the proposed Manila-Clark Train System.
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