Clark Green City

The newest project in Central Luzon is the conversion of Sacobia area into a new urban area, half the size of Metro Manila. He said BCDA is in the final stages of master planning the 35,000 hectare Sacobia otherwise dubbed as Clark Green City located at the Clark Special Economic Zone. It is expected to be launched next year.

Clark Green City“Clark Green City will be environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically competitive, culturally relevant, and technologically integrated” adding that “Clark Green City will generate billions in investments and generate thousands of jobs.” This will also provide the catalyst for the economic development of surrounding local government units.

The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is investing more funds to convert the more than 35,000 hectares of the Sacobia to generate thousands of jobs for the people of Central Luzon region.

The agency has so far invested P33.8 billion in line with its mandate to convert the former US military facility Clark Air Base into productive area and at the same time create employment and investment opportunities.

Building a ‘Green City’ at the 36,000 hectare portion of the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga will approximately cost P200 billion. The green metropolis would be a mix of industrial, institutional and commercial areas, which would apply green technologies by adapting a Green Building System. Renewable energy from sustaining sources will be used by all facilities and buildings in Clark Green City that is half the size of Metro Manila.

Global Land Use experts in Clark, tour Clark Green City site

Clark Green CityCourtesy of :
Members of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel headed by James M. DeFrancia (fourth from left) arrive at the Clark International Airport via helicopter, on their way to tour the Clark Green City site. The ULI panel recently visited the country to provide assistance in the master planning of the Clark Green City and other military camps in Metro Manila. The envisioned Clark Green City located at the Clark Special Economic Zone, which will ultimately cover 36,000 hectares, will be half the size of Metro Manila and will be the country’s newest and most modern city. It will be environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically competitive cultural relevant and technologically sound. Accompanying the ULI Advisory Services Panel is Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Vice President for Business Development and Operations Dean J. Santiago (third from left). Photo shows (From left) Richard Rosan, President, ULI Foundation; Allen Folks, Vice President ULI, and SE Asia Business Line Leader for Planning, Design and Development, AECOM; BCDA Vice President Santiago; ULI Chairman DeFrancia; Randall Yim, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations, Department of Defense, USA; and, Charlie Rufino, Philippine Chairman of the ULI South Asia Executive Committee. The Clark Green City is a project of the BCDA.

Philippine’s most modern city soon to rise in Clark

Clark Green CityPublished: July 17, 2013 Manila Bulletin
The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) announced yesterday the development of the country’s newest and most modern city half the size of Metro Manila that will be named Clark Green City. Set on a 35-hectare area adjoining the Clark Special Economic Zone, the newest city landscape is touted to be the center of big business and venue for trade activities for the whole of Central Luzon.

BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova said Clark Green City will generate billions in investments and generate thousands of jobs in Region 3. The actual date of commencement is yet to be disclosed.  Casanova explained the project “Clark Green City” will be environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically competitive, culturally relevant, and technologically integrated. “We envisioned here a Green City more modern than the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, and is 100 times bigger,” he said. Casanova said BCDA infused R1.28 billion in the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and R1.53 billion in CDC’s 230kv Transmission Project in preparation for the big project. He added that another R1.25 billion was invested in the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC). He also said that he had already met with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel to provide advice on the master planning of the said project.

“The ULI Panel presented their findings and recommendations for the  Clark Green City that covered urban design, use of the air facilities, development incentives, the strategic vision and financing considerations,” he said. He also shared that BCDA has forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global technology experts  Cisco Smart+Connected and Korean based-firm Centios on urban planning and information and communications technology (ICT) development.

“The MOU creates a non-binding framework for furthering discussions under which the parties can explore potential collaborative opportunities and determine business opportunities in relation to sustainable urbanization,” he explained.

Clark Green City masterplan out by Q1 2013

Clark Green CityPublished:
The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) is scheduled to release the masterplan for its Green City in the Clark Economic Zone in the first quarter of 2013.
In a presentation to the inter-agency Infrastructure Committee (Infracom) on Wednesday, October 30, the BCDA unveiled its plans to build the Clark Green City in a 35,000-hectare location inside the economic zone. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan, who chairs the Infracom, said the city will be developed over a 50-year period through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. "It's a very environment-friendly development. It has residential, business (and commercial establishments). It's like developing a new Metro Manila or a new Quezon City but this time its going be a city that doesn't have the problems of Metro Manila," Balisacan told reporters after the Infracom meeting. Balisacan added that the BCDA said an inter-agency coordinating body will be formed to complete the masterplan and develop the Green City. The body is expected to be composed of 10 agencies, which will include the NEDA.

Creating a new metropolis

The BCDA said the urbanization trend in the Philippines has been faster in the last 50 years. In 1960, only 8 million Filipinos lived in urban areas and the remaining 19 million lived in rural locations. By 2000, the BCDA said the trend reversed with 39 million Filipinos living in cities and 37.5 million living in rural areas. In 2010, the BCDA said 46% of Filipinos live in urban areas or some 46 million people. This means that roughly 1 out of 2 Fillipinos live in a city. Urbanization in the Philippines is bound to continue. The BCDA said that by 2030, some 3 out of 4 Filipinos will be living in cities. The BCDA said with this, there is a need to build another metropolis but not just another city but a sustainable one. The government has chosen to pattern the Clark Green City to South Korea's Songdo. "Urbanization in this part of the Philippines is concentrated in the NCR, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan," the BCDA said in a presentation. "There is a need to create a new metropolitan area."

GREEN CITY. Korea's Green City, Songdo, boasts of sustainable buildings and efficient power and energy use. Photo courtesy of Cai Ordinario.

Songdo is Korea's green or smart city which is located in Incheon near the airport. The city is similar to Global City in Fort Bonifacio but with more high-technology features. The city boasts of sustainable high-rise buildings, its own water recycling facility, and a water catchment facility, among others. It also has an efficient garbage collection system which does not use garbage trucks to collect and dispose waste. Balisacan said these are just some of the features that the Clark Green City will have. He said the proposed city will also have underground pipes and wires, similar to Global City.

"Most likely (it will be done via) PPP because the government has no money to do it," Balisacan said. "This will be a 50-year development, similar to Makati which was all grass in the 1960s. It will be developed gradually." -

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