New Clark City

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New Clark City
Official logo of New Clark City
Coordinates: 15°19′20.2″N 120°30′21.4″E / 15.322278°N 120.505944°E / 15.322278; 120.505944Coordinates: 15°19′20.2″N 120°30′21.4″E / 15.322278°N 120.505944°E / 15.322278; 120.505944
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon
ProvinceTarlac
MunicipalityCapas
Economic zoneClark Special Economic Zone
Managing entityBases Conversion and Development Authority
Area
 • Total94.50 km2 (36.49 sq mi)
Highest elevation
800 m (2,600 ft)
Lowest elevation
54 m (177 ft)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
Websitenewclarkcityph.com

New Clark City is a planned community under development located in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines. It has an area of approximately 9,450 hectares (23,400 acres) and will accommodate up to 1.2 million people. It is managed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). NCC is patterned after the development of Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital of Malaysia.[1]

Naming[edit]

Logo of the community as Clark Green City.

The project was named "Clark" for marketing purposes for potential investors in the area. This naming decision was made despite being located in Tarlac and not in Pampanga (the location of the already existing Clark Freeport Zone) due to the latter being more known to foreign investors. The BCDA compared this with the situation of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, which was Olongapo and Morong, Bataan, and not in Subic, Zambales.[2]

History[edit]

Groundbreaking ceremony

In March 2015, the Philippine Congress approved House Resolution 116 in support of New Clark City then known as Clark Green City.[3]

The development is under the management of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). The BCDA signed a 50-year contract with Filinvest to develop the 288 hectares (710 acres) of land allocated for the project. This mixed-use township shall be known as Gaia. BCDA also managed to make partnership with foreign firms to develop Clark Green City such as United Arab Emirates-based Al Ahli Holding Group which plans tourism-related projects in the area, Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corp. which plans to connect Clark Green City to Manila as well as surrounding cities by rail, and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute which will assist the BCDA to come up with "smart and disaster-resilient" features for the planned community. An agreement was also signed between Paris-based Vivapolis.[4]

Groundbreaking and construction (2016-present)[edit]

The groundbreaking rites for New Clark City, led by then-President Benigno Aquino III was made in April 11, 2016.[5] The development became one of the flagship projects of President Rodrigo Duterte, the 16th and current President of the Republic of the Philippines.[6] In February 2019, it was reported that the Phase 1A of the development, the New Clark City Sports Complex, is 55% complete and is expected to be finished by October 15, in time for the country's hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Around 4,000 employees are working on the site to finish the sports complex in time.[1]

Geography[edit]

New Clark City spans an area of 9,450 hectares (23,400 acres) and is located within the Clark Special Economic Zone.[7] The development is located in the municipality of Capas, Tarlac although it is administered from Angeles, Pampanga.[8]

The development is not a flood-prone area with its minimum elevation being at 54 metres (177 ft) above sea level[9] and its planned central park also serves as a flood catchment basin. The Sierra Madre mountain range is located on the development's east while the Zambales mountain range is located on the west, with both geographical features providing New Clark City a natural protection from typhoons.[5] The maximum elevation of New Clark City is at around 800 metres (2,600 ft).[9]

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has assessed the area to be relatively less prone to earthquakes.[9]

Districts[edit]

New Clark City will be divided into five different districts depending on primary function.[7]

  • Government District
  • Central Business District
  • Academic District
  • Agri-Forestry Research and Development District
  • Wellness, Recreation and Eco-tourism District.

Demographics[edit]

It is planned that the New Clark City will accommodate about 1.12 million residents and 800 thousand workers.[5]

Sports[edit]

The New Clark City Sports Complex located within the proposed National Government Administrative Center contains an athlete's village, an aquatic center and a 20,100-seater stadium, which is currently under construction. New Clark City was selected to be the main host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which will be taking place all over Luzon.

Transportation[edit]

Land[edit]

The planned PNR North–South Commuter Railway will connect New Clark City to the capital, Manila.

New Clark City will also be served by the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway and Central Luzon Link Expressway specifically through the 6.98 km (4.34 mi) six-lane New Clark City-Mac Arthur Access Road which will connect the NCC to MacArthur Highway.[10]

Air[edit]

NCC is served by the Clark International Airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Del Rosario, Marna Dagumboy (February 22, 2019). "P120-B New Clark City Phase 1A completed in Oct". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Construction of P1.7-T Clark Green City to start next year - BCDA". InterAksyon. Philippines News Agency. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Clark Green City Approved by Congress". Clark Green City. Bases Conversion and Development Authority. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ Cervantes, Ding (21 January 2016). "Clark Green City insulated from politics, says BCDA". The Philippine Sta. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Kabiling, Genalyn (11 April 2016). "P607-billion Clark Green City to rise soon, expected to be bigger than BGC". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  6. ^ "New Clark City short on US participation — DoF". BusinessWorld. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Clark Green City". Invest Philippines. Philippine Government. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Green City is in Tarlac, not Pampanga, UP prof says". The Daily Tribune. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Remo, Amy (17 February 2018). "Rise of the new city". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  10. ^ Atencio, Peter (27 November 2018). "New Clark City-Mac Arthur Access Road". Manila Standard. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to New Clark City at Wikimedia Commons