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P607-billion Clark Green City to rise soon, expected to be bigger than BGC

President Aquino's speech this Monday afternoon at the groundbreaking of Clark Green City (www.gov.ph)

President Aquino’s speech this Monday afternoon at the groundbreaking of Clark Green City (www.gov.ph)

TARLAC — The country’s next modern, green and disaster-resilient metropolis will soon rise in the heart of Central Luzon.

The construction of the P607-billion Clark Green City formally kicked off on Monday after President Aquino led the groundbreaking rites of the project that is expected to be bigger than Bonifacio Global City.
The Clark Green City, a project initiated Bases Conversation and Development Authority, involves the development of a 9,450-hectare proposed business hub located inside the Clark Special Economic Zone. The envisioned green city s expected to boost economic growth and generate jobs in the region.
“Just to give us an idea of the Clark Green City’s scale, Bonifacio Global City is roughly about 200 hectares,” Aquino said in his remarks.
“By the time of its completion, it is envisioned to be a city in every sense of the word. It will be home to companies, retail outlets, offices, residential parks, accommodating 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers,” Aquino added.
Aquino said Clark Green City also embodies his government’s vision for a “more resilient Philippines.”
He noted that the number of 800,000 workers is roughly the amount of people that enter the labor force every year. “With just the Clark Green City, we will have opportunities for the new labor entrance,” he added.
Aquino said the Clark Green City would not be prone to floods since its lowest elevation is 56 meters above sea level while its central park will serve as a flood catchment basin.  It also enjoys the natural protection from typhoons with the Sierra Madre to the West and Zambales mountain range to the east, he added.
“Truly, as interest in our nation grows—and as markets develop across the country—projects like this are vital. Along with investing in our workforce and spending on critical infrastructure projects, we need to develop viable economic hubs, not just in Metro Manila or Cebu, but in provinces with high growth potential,” Aquino said.
“And I am particularly glad that, when I step down in office and have more quiet time to spend in Tarlac, I can watch over the development of this city and hopefully with a mayor who is smiling at the successes,” he added.