The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced on Tuesday that all systems are go for the establishment of the University of the Philippines (UP) global campus in Clark Green City (CGC), with the groundbreaking for the project seen in first quarter of 2016.
BCDA and UP signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) wherein BCDA will provide the premier state university a 70-hectare lot in the development zone.
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova and UP President Alfredo Pascual signed the MOA in simple rites held at the in the Board of Regents (BOR) Room at the UP Administration Building in Diliman, Quezon City.
“The UP global campus in Clark Green City will play a pivotal role in jump-starting the Innovative and Academic District in Clark Green City,” Casanova said.
He said the vision for the Innovative and Academic District of Clark Green City is to be the brain capital of the Philippines. The UP global campus will be the melting pot of new technologies, innovation, and creative industries, he added.
Casanova also said that the BCDA is committed to help UP achieve its vision of social transformation through education.
“For every poor Filipino who needs to be educated, there must be a place that UP could provide for them. For every creative and innovative mind that our country could produce, UP must be able to provide the opportunity for them. The UP Clark Green City will make this happen,” Casanova said.
The Clark Green City Project will cover 9,450 hectares and is envisioned to be the first smart, disaster-resilient and green city in the Philippines.
CGC is positioned strategically between the highly-urbanized cities of San Fernando, Angeles and Olongapo in Central Luzon as well as the cities of San Carlos, Dagupan and Urdaneta in Northern Luzon. It is also near the Clark International Airport and the Subic Seaport.
For his part, UP President Pascual said UP is ready to present the conceptual plan for the UP Campus in Clark Green City to the BCDA. He added that UP has the initial funds to implement the project, and is planning to break ground by the first quarter of 2016.
“We are excited that UP will be part of Clark Green City’s academic district,” President Pascual said.
He noted that through the UP Clark Green City project, the UP-BCDA partnership remains strong and strategic in its quest for national development. “In this project, BCDA will enable UP to achieve its leadership role in higher education and national development,” he said.
Pascual added that the UP-Clark Green City project is a testament to both UP and BCDA in their commitment to undertake initiatives that will help achieve the Filipino nation’s dream of social transformation for progress.