Have you heard about the country’s first green, disaster-resilient, and technologically-integrated city in Northern Luzon? New Clark City is happening and currently under development.
Welcome to New Clark City!
The New Clark City (NCC), made up of 9,450 hectares of land, is currently being developed under a Php 607-billion project by Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BDCA). This development aims to be a sustainable city patterned after the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, Malaysia. The main purpose of this project is to help decongest Metro Manila, similar to what Malaysia did to decongest its capital, Kuala Lumpur. And to encourage business and investment in Tarlac for its economic development.
The NCC is said to accommodate 1.2 million residents and around 800 thousand workers, with farmers and indigenous tribes as the first and major beneficiaries.
Contrary to its name, this project is found in Capas, Tarlac, not in Clark, Pampanga. This is located in between of the Sierra Madre mountain range on its east with Zambales mountain range on the west making it less prone to typhoons and earthquakes.
BCDA worked closely with the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to ensure the inclusivity and sustainability of their master plan. Plans involve the protection of the flora and fauna within the area. BCDA is also in constant communication with the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) to ensure that all needs and concerns are addressed.
How It Started
It was in March 2015 when the House Resolution 116 was approved by the Philippine Congress in support of the New Clark City. The project will be a mixed-use township with an objective to create growth and investment in Tarlac and other areas outside of Metro Manila.
How To Reach New Clark City (NCC)
From Manila, the New Clark City will be directly accessible via the planned PNR North-South Commuter Railway. It is also within reach via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the Central Luzon Link Expressway. For those traveling via air, NCC is 40 minutes away from Clark International Airport.
What Can You Find Here?
The New Clark City will have five districts with the following function:
- Government District (514 hectares) – will serve as the headquarters for the government agencies
- Academic/Institutional District (598 hectares) – will house national and international academic institutions, complete with lodging and dormitories for academic and non-academic personnel and recreational facilities
- Central Business District (2,690 hectares) – will cater to residential properties and offices like BPOs
- Wellness, Recreation, and Eco-Tourism District (2,513 hectares) – will focus on the alternative health practices, active and passive recreation, spas, and other retirement villages; this will also feature the cultural treasures and heritage of the indigenous tribes
- Agri-Forestry Research and Development District (3,135 hectares) – will host organizations and enterprises dedicated to research and development catering the needs of farmers in Central Luzon
The BCDA and MTD Clark worked together to develop the NGAC and the Sports Hub in New Clark City. Phase 1A is nearly completed. A part of this is the construction of the New Clark City Sports Complex.
The New Clark City Sports Complex is halfway completed and is expected to be finished by the 15th of October — just in time for the 2019 SouthEast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines. The New Clark City Sports Complex will have an Athletic Stadium that houses 20,000 seats, an Aquatics Center with 2,000 seats, and an Athletes Village that will provide accommodation for 1,000 athletes.
95 units from the Athletes Village are specially made for persons with disabilities. Expect amenities such as gym, library, and conference rooms on every floor. A kitchen, dining area, basketball court, deck gardens, and a swimming pool will make the whole place more homey and relaxing.
The National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) is a 200-hectare area that will house the administrative offices of the Philippine government branches and other agencies. NGAC will also house a disaster risk and recovery center to ensure safety and protection in case of calamities.
The New Clark City Government Center, a 40-hectare project, is expected to also be completed by October 2019. 90% of the project is locally made from the design to the materials, and up to the workers.
The Residences will also be completed soon. This is a 500-unit housing project for the thousands of NCC government workers.
Expect more to come and explore this exciting New Clark City!
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