In line with the government’s bid to solve traffic woes of the metro, the Duterte administration is planning to build a new “thriving city” to be located in the former US military base in Clark, Pampanga.
The new 200-hectare administrative center in the New Clark City is expected to rise within the next five years and will house at least eight mid-rise government towers, 8,000 housing units and a train bound to Manila about 100 kilometers away.
Government and private companies have started investing more than PhP 50 billion to build the said city. Funds will also be derived from selling up to 60 hectares of real estate in Taguig City where land prices are expensive.
The New Clark City is also in line with President Duterte’s plan to decentralize state offices away from Manila. About 1 million people in the metro work for the government – a number considerable as one of the factors of traffic congestion.
According to the 2014 Japan International Cooperation Agency study, the metro’s traffic congestion costs the Philippine economy about PhP 2.5 billion a day and is expected to climb to PhP 6 billion losses per day by 2030.
Having government offices in the New Clark City also serves as back-up to ensure continuity of operations in case of disaster.
“The vision is to build a new thriving city outside Metro Manila that’s well-planned, future proof,” said Vince Dizon, president of the state-run Bases Conversion Development Authority which is in-charge with the development. “We will slowly move some government activities to Clark to pump-prime the city,” he added.