The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will implement the construction of two new road projects in Tarlac City that will provide primary access to the Clark Green City (CGC) at an initial cost of about P200 million, the state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said on Monday.
BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova identified the two projects as the Mac Arthur Access Leading to CGC and the Clark Airport-Bamban-Capas Access Road.
The first phase of the Mac Arthur Access Leading to CGC project involves the construction of the recently awarded P45.8 million, 2.5-kilometer two-way lane road from MacArthur highway toward CGC in Tarlac. The DPWH Tarlac 2nd District Engineering Office will oversee the construction of the first phase, which is expected to be completed within the year.
Casanova said completion of the access road will provide a greater level of accessibility to the CGC Project area, increase its land value, economic potential and its attractiveness to prospective investors.
“It’s all systems go for the access road project and we are very excited. The road will give a direct link to Clark Green City, which will pave the way for future developments,” Casanova said.
Another main access road to the CGC – the Clark Airport-Bamban-Capas Access Road, which has been given an initial construction budget of P150 million – is currently in the design stage and will be bid out within the third quarter of the year.
The 15-km road project will serve as a direct link between both the Clark Freeport Zone and the Clark International Airport with the CGC. The access road will also connect to the existing Tarlac-Zambales road, which will connect to another road project of the DPWH, the Capas-Botolan Road.
The CGC Project will cover 9,450 hectares and is envisioned to be the first smart, disaster-resilient and green city in the Philippines.
Located in the Clark Special Economic Zone, Clark Green City is positioned strategically between the highly urbanizing 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.
CGC is seen becoming the focal point of economic development in the country within the next few years.
Earlier, Casanova said the BCDA is preparing the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the public tender of the Clark Rail Transit System (Clark Rail) that will link with the P288 billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project approved last February by the National Economic and Development Authority Board (NEDA).
The first phase of the project worth P117.13 billion involves the construction of a 36.7-km narrow-gauge elevated commuter railway from Malolos to Tutuban.
Meanwhile, the second phase, which is valued at P170.7 billion, covers 653 kms that connecting Tutuban all the way to the Bicol region.
The Clark Rail will serve as the backbone for the movement of goods, services and people to and from Manila, Clark Green City, Clark International Airport, Clark Special Economic Zone, and Tarlac City.