New Clark City buildup on sched­ule, says BCDA

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - By RICH­MOND MERCURIO

Pres­i­dent Duterte wants the de­vel­op­ment of New Clark City, a me­trop­o­lis en­vi­sioned as the next growth driver in Lu­zon, fast­tracked, ac­cord­ing to state-owned Bases Con­ver­sion and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (BCDA).

BCDA pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Viven­cio Di­zon said the Pres­i­dent deems New Clark City as a legacy project and wants its early com­ple­tion.

Di­zon as­sured that con­struc­tion is on track and pro­gress­ing as planned.

“The planned de­vel­op­ments in Clark will not only hap­pen very soon, they are al­ready hap­pen­ing as we speak,” Di­zon said.

The 9,450-hectare New Clark City is one of the big-ticket projects un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Build Build Build in­fras­truc­ture pro­gram.

It will be the coun­try’s first smart, green, and re­silient me­trop­o­lis.

One of the com­po­nents of New Clark City is the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cen­ter (NGAC) which broke ground last Jan. 23.

The project in­volves the con­struc­tion of back-up of­fices of var­i­ous agen­cies to en­sure con­tin­u­ous busi­ness op­er­a­tions and ser­vices in case of dis­as­ters or nat­u­ral calami­ties.

Phase 1A of NGAC also fea­tures the con­struc­tion of world-class sports fa­cil­i­ties to be used for the South­east Asian Games in Novem­ber 2019.

In­fras­truc­ture de­vel­oper Al­loyMTD, the lo­cal unit of Malaysia’s MTD Cap­i­tal Bhd which won the bid to build the gov­ern­ment hub, com­mit­ted to fin­ish Phase 1A in time for the SEA Games.

“To achieve this, we mo­bi­lized four times the num­ber of con­struc­tion equip­ment nor­mally needed. As of to­day, we have 101 dif­fer­ent types of equip­ment in the project site and will in­crease to 150 by end of the month,” said Al­loyMTD chair­man Isaac David.

“This is on top of the pre­cast tech­nol­ogy we are us­ing which means some parts of the build­ings are be­ing done in fac­to­ries and will be joined to­gether at the project site,” he added.

The Budji+Royal firm said the New Clark City is the “best op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Filipino his­tory and cul­ture” as the de­sign and ma­te­ri­als to be used for the con­struc­tion of world-class sports fa­cil­i­ties would be dis­tinctly Filipino.

BCDA has tapped Budji+Royal Ar­chi­tec­ture + De­sign to de­sign New Clark City, par­tic­u­larly the sports and res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties, the gov­ern­ment build­ings at NGAC and the new pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal at the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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