PARIS: The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is tying up with a French organization specializing in sustainable urban development to develop the 9,450-hectare Clark Green City in Clark Field, Pampanga.
The BCDA is partnering with Vivapolis, an umbrella organization of public and private French stakeholders on urban development, through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on Tuesday.
Under the MOU, the BCDA and Vivapolis will create a non-binding framework for future collaboration intended for sustainable urban development.
Both parties will work together to ensure the resilience of urban development by designing sustainable business models, establishing methods of governance, and improving Clark Green City\’s local context to elevate the quality of life.
They also eye to establish possible strategic relationship to foster technical cooperation that encompasses the whole range of assistance to develop human resources by improving people\’s skill level, knowledge and technical know-how.
The BCDA and Vivapolis agreed to cooperate on sustainable city planning,
Eco-governance, infrastructure and utilities, clean technology, sustainable resource management, training and education, expert assistance from European mentors, sharing of regulatory and knowledge know-how, as well as tie ups on joint studies.
The two parties will also establish a technical cooperation committee to facilitate the implementation of cooperative activities under the MOU, which will have an effectivity of one year.
The committee will be composed of representatives to be designated by both parties and will meet according to agreed schedule.
The Clark Green City, a modern metropolis with a mixture of commercial, residential, agri-industrial as well as IT development, is a flagship project of the Philippine government.
Arnel Paciano Casanova, the president and CEO of BCDA, signed for the Philippine government and Michelle Pappalardo, senior adviser to the minister of foreign affairs and international development, signed for Vivapolis.
The signing ceremony, held at the Scribe Hotel here in Paris, was witnessed by President Aquino.