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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

GMA lauds Subic, Clark Development primemovers for job well done

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gives high marks to the prime movers of the development projects in and around the Subic-Clark corridor in a live television roundtable discussion on Monday.

The top executives of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC), and the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD) project were lauded for doing a good job in implementing development projects designed to position Subic and Clark as a major service and logistics hub of Asia.

In a roundtable discussion aired over the government television network, SCAD Chairman Eduardo Pamintuan, SBMA Chairman Feliciano G. Salonga and Administrator Armand C. Arreza, and CDC President Antonio Ng took turns in reporting the status of the government’s two flagship projects – the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEP) and the Subic Port Development Project – as well as other development projects in their respective areas.

Pamintuan assured the Chief Executive that the SCTEP, which will cut travel time between Subic and Clark to 30 minutes, will be completed before the end of 2007 and will be regarded as the most valuable real estate in the country.

Pamintuan added the convergence of Subic and Clark would produce the most competitive international service and logistics hub in this part of the globe in accordance with the President’s 10-point legacy agenda.

Pamintuan was recently appointed to oversee SCAD, which is actually a development strategy intended to “synergize” the assets and facilities of the two former US bases, linking its gateways – the airport in Clark and the air and sea ports in Subic thru a new highway.

Complementing the SCTEP is the Subic Port Modernization project, which is designed to serve exporters and importers in Central and Northern Luzon thereby decongesting Manila. Salonga, a former shipping executive, assured the President that the Subic port project is also on track and will be completed towards the end of 2007.

The SBMA Chair also reported that he has just returned from an official trip to Japan, during which he checked on the two gantry cranes to be installed in Subic’s container terminal. The installation of these cranes will increase the capacity of the Subic port to 600,000 TEUs.

Ng reported that the United Parcel Service (UPS) intends to implement its expansion project in Clark as part of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)’s operations in the Subic-Clark corridor.

The Chief Executive meanwhile assured that the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA)’s operations would still be maintained.

Moreover, she particularly lauded the huge cut on aeronautical fees that the SBMA has recently implemented in a bid to entice more tourists to the Freeport.

“We are making our airport fees competitive to attract more tourists;” Arreza said. “We are giving 80 percent discount from Monday to Thursday, and 60 percent from Friday to Sunday,” Arreza said. = balita.org


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