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Monday, April 28, 2008

Arroyo intensifies Scad Council

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has strengthened the two-year-old Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (Scad) Council as the "single body" that will harmonize the strategies of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) and the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ).

In Executive Order (EO) 504-A, the President cited the "need to strengthen and enhance the powers and capabilities of the Scad Council as the single body with a fulltime head to rationalize resources and harmonize strategies."

The Scad Council will be headed by a chairman with the rank of a Cabinet member.

The President added that the strengthened Scad "will ensure an integrated and coordinated approach to the development of the Scad corridor as a world-class mega-logistics hub and a global gateway to the Asia Pacific Region."

EO 504-A, which amends EO 504, series of 2006, also highlighted the "need to clearly define and state the powers and functions of the Scad Council and the Office of the Chairman in order to effectively deal directly with the concerned agencies under its supervision."

Placed under the supervision of the Scad Council are the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Clark International Airport Corporation (Ciac).

"The Office of the President, through the Scad Council chairman, with Cabinet rank, shall exercise policy oversight" over the four agencies "in so far as the development of Clark, Subic and the Corridor them into a major logistics hub is concerned."

The Scad Council shall "formulate policies and programs to develop Subic, Clark, and the corridor in-between them as (a) globally competitive Mega-Logistics Hub" and "review, identify and recommend priority infrastructure projects for implementation."

The council will also "formulate common investment promotions activities; and harmonize in the SBFZ and CFZ such programs, policies, rules and regulations affecting investments, incentives, customs, immigration, leasing, privatization, and other matters related thereto."

To be appointed by the President, the Scad Council chairman "shall be a member of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda)," with the secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as vice chairman.

The other members of the council are the chairmen and presidents of the BCDA, CDC and Ciac, and the chairman and administrator of the SBMA. - Sun.Star Pampanga

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