NEW CLARK CITY – The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is eyeing a P3-billion plan to relocate and modernize the housing and support facilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) inside the New Clark City.
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Dizon said the projects will be done inside the 65-hectare land area inside the Freeport Zone.
“We are now procuring the civil works for the site development of a 65-hectare relocation site for the PAF housing facilities. In short, we have already finished and completed the detailed architectural and engineering design of the PAF housing facilities,” Dizon said.
Dizon added that the BCDA is currently preparing the detailed architectural and engineering design of the new PAF operational facilities in the 146-hectare area.
He added that the BCDA is coordinating with the PAF to ensure that their new operational facilities comply with their requirements.
“From the PAF housing, you can go to New Clark City in 10 to 15 minutes, and to Clark International Airport in 10 to 15 minutes using an access road. Works are ongoing for a 20-kilometer access road and this will be finished by next year,” Dizon said.
According to Dizon, from SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), it will only take less than 30 minutes to get to New Clark City.
“We made sure the PAF housing site will be accessible via the major thoroughfares,” Dizon added.
The P3-billion project started in August 2019 when Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Dizon signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the relocation of PAF’s housing and operational areas to Clark.
“To continue our commitment of helping strengthen AFP and promote national development, we at BCDA will always look for ways to transform former military bases and properties into premier centers of economic growth with the help of our private sector partners,” Dizon said.
He assured that BCDA will double its efforts to raise much-needed revenues for the government amid the financial debacle posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our mandate to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) transcends all threats. However, by building modern cities in partnership with the private sector, we strive to continuously raise more funds for the modernization of the AFP as well as provide for the welfare of our troops and the entire nation especially in this difficult period,” he furthered.
BCDA has so far remitted to the Bureau of Treasury and completed about P11-billion worth of replication projects and P38 billion for the modernization program of the AFP.
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