CLARK FREEPORT ZONE — Clark is poised to be the highlight of Philippines’ future, with billions of pesos in investments and construction projects being developed in the freeport zone, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vivencio Dizon said to reporters at the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) 11th Defence Ministers’ Meeting and 4th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus at the International Media Center in Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport Zone.
Accompanying Dizon were Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Noel Manankil and Vice President for Commercial Development of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Darwin Cunanan.
The infrastructure projects under President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program are essential to the progress in Central Luzon and to the ASEAN. Manankil mentioned several international companies located here. The Marriott Hotel, first five-star hotel in Clark, is to be finished on November 2018.
Then there is the Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort which is a mixed-use development 268-key hotel that includes a casino and 304-hectare private country club.
The Aqua Planet, a water theme park will be the latest attraction in Clark scheduled to be opened next month. The facility will feature persons with disability-friendly accessibility.
Once the New Clark City operates as the country’s first smart, green and disaster-resilient city, it will be offered to the private sector to attract investments. The CDC said it is studying the master plan for the 9,450-hectare infrastructure project.
Clark airport will be undergoing extensive renovation beginning next year. It has accommodated 1.162,778 million passengers for this year alone.