BCDA’s New Clark City | A Budding Economic Powerhouse
Conceived by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority of the Philippines (BCDA) in 2012, New Clark City (then named Clark Green City), is the fourth pillar of Clark’s economic development infrastructure.
Economic Pillar 1 – Clark International Airport (CRK)
As BCDA’s name implies, it’s tasked with repurposing military bases into economic growth centers in the Philippines. Clark Field was once the United States’ most massive foreign air base. Since most of the infrastructure for aviation was already in place, it was converted into what’s now known as Clark International Airport.
Located within the Clark Freeport Zone, CRK continues to increase it’s passenger volume with each passing year. With over 600 flights a week, it’s proving to be an excellent alternative to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Economic Pillar 2 – The Clark Freeport Zone
One of the Philippines’ 12 freeport zones, this mixed-use complex is responsible for boosting Central Luzon’s economic output by 9.3% in 2017.
Thanks to the increased international traffic caused by the Clark International Airport and the tax and investment incentives afforded by its freeport designation, The Clark Freeport Zone is one of the fastest growing economic centers in the country.
Economic Pillar 3 – Clark Global City
With Clark Freeport Zone’s rapid growth, the need for a primary business district within Clark has been growing in parallel. By building a city within the heart of Clark, the BCDA plans to significantly increase connectivity within the freeport zone, all while creating a vital connection between the major business centers in the country.
Economic Pillar 4 – New Clark City
This brings us to New Clark City, a 9,450-hectare green city within the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ). The CSEZ is the other half of the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone (CFEZ), the first half being the Clark Freeport Zone.
The Clark Special Economic Zone is relatively undeveloped compared to the Clark Freeport Zone due to it being in the hinterlands. But being in the heart of nature has its advantages, especially in this dreadful age of climate change.
The BCDA has planned New Clark City to be a metropolis that doesn’t sacrifice nature in order to be an industrial and economic powerhouse.
A City in Harmony with Nature
New Clark City elegantly combines industry, agriculture, and existing infrastructure to create a business district that’s breathtakingly beautiful while being disaster-resilient.
To do this, the city’s business district won’t be the center of New Clark City. At the very heart of it will be it’s central park, with the business district delicately wrapping around it. A testament to the city’s values of putting nature and the environment first.
The first phase of New Clark City is expected to come into completion in 2022. It is expected to house 1.12 million residents, employ 800,000 workers, and contribute P1.57 trillion annually to the national economy once the final phase of it’s development is completed.