CLARK Freeport -- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda lauded the transfer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) corporate office to the One West Building in Clark Global City.
This was in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision for Clark to be a great equalizer city wherein growth and investments in the region are boosted and centralized.
The inauguration was led by Speakker Arroyo, Gov. Pineda, Tarlac Gov, Susan Yap, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Yong Kim and Hungary Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Jozsef Bencze.
This was also attended by local officials and congressmen of Tarlac.
Other BCDA directors, subsidiaries, locators in Clark and development partners also witnessed the event.
According to BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon, the transfer to Clark “enables BCDA to closely monitor and supervise its big-ticket projects like the Clark International Airport (CIA) and New Clark City.”
“The move is a response to President Duterte’s plan to decentralize state offices in Metro Manila and solve the congestion problem in the capital,” he added.
He said Clark is gaining traction with the developments of the Clark International Airport and New Clark City.
The ongoing expansion of the airport will increase passenger capacity by 8 million per year from the current 4.2 million passenger capacity.
The construction of the structures within New Clark City is in full swing, including the National Government Administrative Center, that will house the state-of-the-art Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center to be used for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.