June 19, 2018, 4:25 pm
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Pact seals full dev’t of New Clark City

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corp. for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) yesterday signed a memorandum of cooperation with Surbana Jurong of Singapore  for the full implementation of New Clark City anchored on the Comprehensive Master Development Plan developed by BCDA and JOIN.

The master development plan was crafted in partnership with urban planning and engineering firms AECOM, Nippon Koei, and Philkoei International Inc.

In the agreement, Surbana Jurong will assist BCDA and JOIN in drafting the development management framework, design standard guidelines and environmental guidelines to complement the masterplan of New Clark City. 

Surbana Jurong will also help in utilizing public-private partnerships to entice investors to New Clark City. 

It will also advise in the implementation plan of pioneer developers in New Clark City such as Filinvest Land, Inc.’s mixed-use industrial real estate developments, and MTD Capital Berhad’s National Government Administrative Center. 

The Singaporean firm  will also establish the framework of a smart city concept that will have fully-integrated infrastructure and utilities for power, water, sewerage, information and communication technology (ICT), security, and traffic management.  

Wong Heang Fine, Surbana Jurong group chief executive officer , said  New Clark City has tremendous potential, its transformation  area will bring about sustainable growth and create jobs locally, and ultimately bring about long-lasting economic and social benefits for the country. 

Surbana Jurong is a wholly owned company of Temasek Holdings Singapore formed through the merger of renowned urban planning and affordable housing leader Surbana International Consultants, and industrialization Corp. Jurong International. It has 50 years of experience in the development of Singapore’s urban, industrial and infrastructure landscape. 

Takuma Hatano, JOIN president and chief executive officer,  cited the significance of the Manila-Clark Railway (PNR North Railway) project in developing New Clark City as one of Japan’s biggest projects in the Philippines. 

The 106-kilometer alignment will connect Tutuban, Manila to the Clark International Airport and New Clark City. 

“The railway will immensely benefit commuters as it will cut down travel time from Manila to Clark in an hour, from the current 2-3 hours travel time,” Hatano said. He added that the railway is designed to accommodate around 350,000 passengers per day and will provide an efficient and more comfortable travel experience to commuters. 

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2021.

The Manila-Clark Railway is being implemented by the Department of Transportation in partnership with BCDA, and will be funded through Japan’s official development assistance. 

The feasibility study and the detailed engineering design for the railway will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 

The 9,450-hectare New Clark City is envisioned to be a new metropolis that will rise in the Clark Special Economic Zone, in Capas and Bamban, Tarlac. It is designed to be the country’s first smart, green, disaster-resilient city, where nature, lifestyle, business, education, and industries converge, and will be at par with other modern cities in the world.  

New Clark City will feature mixed-use real estate developments for housing, a business continuity center that would also house national government agencies, an agro-industrial park and an international food market. 

The city will have wide pedestrian lanes, exclusive bicycle lanes, and an integrated mass transit lane. Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng, special advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan Hiroto Izumi, and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and other members of the Cabinet witnessed the signing led by BCDA president and chief executive officer Vivencio Dizon, Hatano and Fine.
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