Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has recently signed a contract for a P135-million tourism-related project.
The agreement, signed by CDC President Arthur Tugade and Global Zoo and Theme Park Alliance Inc. (GZTPAI) President Romeo Siccion, would pave the way for the construc-tion of a zoo at the Clark Freeport Zone.
According to CDC’s Marketing Department, the zoo project with GZTPAI would also include provision of a haven for wildlife animals, establishment of a theme park, but not limited to rides, recreational and commercial activities.
The total lease land is 20 hectares, which will employ about 140 workers in the next five years.
Tugade added that the soft opening of the pro- ject will be next year or within the next 12 months upon the issuance of occupancy permit by the CDC, along with other permits needed from other government and regulatory bodies involved in zoo operations.
Siccion has a private collection of tigers that he kept since 2007, and he also has various species of birds, reptiles and other small animals which are in a mini zoo he established in the City of San Fernan- do, Pampanga.
Siccion said he decided to invest here because of the sound business climate at the Freeport, as well as the fast-growing tourism industry here and in the rest of the country.
He told Tugade that his vision is to create a place where love for animals could be advocated and shared to others and to educate Filipinos, particularly tourists, about wildlife conservation.
Siccion is currently president of Zoo World Inc., a member of the Philip- pine Zoos Association and Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums.