Central Luzon business groups show strong support for “Build Build Build” Infra plan

Posted : June 13, 2017

Key business leaders of Pampanga and Tarlac showed their full support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure plan during the fourth leg of the Clark Development Stakeholders’ Roadshow at Midori Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Among participants were Jesus S. Nicdao, President of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Arsenio Valdes, President of the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Dr. Alvin Belarmino, President of the Metro Tarlac Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Mariano Chua, President of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Angeles City Inc., Ms. Lydia Co, President of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Tarlac, Mr. Francis Joseph Torres, President of the Philippine Export Foundation-Region 3, Mr. Roderick A. Dela Cruz, Representative from the Capas Locators Association, Ms. Mitch Otsuro-Park, President of the Greater Clark Visitors Bureau, and Ms. Mary Jane Olidan, President of the Hotel and Restaurants Association in Pampanga.

The roadshow was conducted by heads of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), in cooperation with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Subic Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD)–to discuss with business organizations in Central Luzon the economic benefits of the “Build Build Build” infrastructure plan and the role of the private sector in magnifying its benefits for the Filipino people.

With a more efficient infrastructure network, economic opportunities are created benefiting families in terms of increased incomes and buying power, higher savings for investments and reducing incidence of poverty. The “Build, Build, Build” plan is envisioned by government to pave the way for solutions that will decongest cities and ports, speed up development in the countryside, strengthen regional business climate, support tourism and create jobs for Filipinos. Anchored on President Rodrigo Duterte’s 0 + 10-point socio-economic agenda, the Plan entails increased spending on high-quality infrastructure that will drive regional development by making the cost of moving people, goods, and services competitive, and by eradicating poverty.

Central Luzon with its strategic location is home to regional markets that are large enough to service other provinces.  NEDA, in the recently launched Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022), identified the region as host to some of the country’s administrative centers, international gateways, and tourism hubs.  Among these are San Fernando City in Pampanga, Tarlac City in Tarlac; and Angeles City in Pampanga. One of the high-impact projects presented by government is the New Clark City (formerly Clark Green City), a new metropolis that will soon rise in Tarlac, inside the Clark Special Economic Zone. The new City will showcase best practices in green city and sustainable development—giving rise to opportunities for efficient production of good & services, for employment and for community living.

The new passenger terminal of the Clark International Airport (CRK), on the other hand, is expected to increase passenger capacity by 8 million per year upon completion of Phase 1—up from the current 4.2 million.   CRK is envisioned by President Duterte as a catalyst for the development of the country’s tourism industry and will serve as an alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the NCR.  Also, CDC is spending at least Php1.2 billion for 2017 for projects aimed at improving infrastructure in support of Airport and zone developments. The Zone is host to over 900 locator-firms.

New railways such as the Metro Manila-Clark Railway and the Subic-Clark Cargo Railway will reduce congestion in Metro Manila and facilitate faster transfer of goods, people, and services. Other high-impact infra projects are listed in the Build Build Build portal, www.build.gov.ph.  The highlight of the Clark Stakeholders Roadshow is the signing of the Manifesto of Support by business leaders of Pampanga and Tarlac.

Signing for the BCDA Group were CDC President and Chief Executive Officer Noel F. Manankil, CIAC Officer-in-Charge and Acting President Alex S. Cauguiran, SCAD Executive Director Erlinda B. Pamintuan, and BCDA President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon. The series of roadshows is a joint undertaking by BCDA, CDC, and CIAC, and SCAD  in support of national government’s premium for transparency in governance.