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Thursday, June 04, 2009

SCAD development blueprint out in July

SUBIC BAY FREE PORT—The Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) expects to deliver next month the 98,020-hectare Subic-Clark growth corridor’s conceptual land use plan after consulting stakeholders in Central Luzon.

SCADC chairman Edgardo Pamintuan, who led the last leg of consultative meetings in this free port, said the development blueprint will put into detail infrastructure projects in the pipeline designed to create the greatest impact in the corridor.

The planned development projects include the Tarlac-Zambales Tollway, Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Pampanga Circumferential Tollway, Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Pampanga-Bulacan Radial Road and, possibly, the Zambales-Pampanga-Bulacan Coastal Viaduct, said Pamintuan.

The projects, he added, will be in the SCADC Corridor Conceptual Land Use Plan (SCoLUP) incorporating respective development plans of local government units (LGUs) in the area.

The SCoLUP’s final version will be presented to stakeholders during an LGU summit in July, capping the series of consultations with stakeholders, Pamintuan said.

In a Subic forum, Pamintuan stressed that the government’s multibillion-peso infrastructure program in the Subic-Clark corridor has helped lessen the impact of the global economic crisis in the country.

Pamintuan, the Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region’s development champion, pointed out that while the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore posted negative economic outlook lately, the Philippines has managed a 1-percent growth in the first quarter of 2009.

He also said that while infrastructure development is a major consideration for SCADC, the council is now eyeing other programs and projects “that would result in more efficient systems” for the growth corridor.

Among the target areas for these projects, Pamintuan said, are food production, multimodal product delivery system, industry and agriculture, tourism, education and manpower training, human development centers, human settlements and retirement villages, as well as green corridors.

In the same forum, SCADC’s urban planners led by architect Armando Alli discussed other concerns by LGUs and other stakeholders.

These included environmental and ecological matters, waste management, access roads to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, and flood control and drainage systems.

SCADC held its first stakeholder consultations at the Clark Free Port on May 15, and the second forum in Tarlac City on May 22.

The third and final session held in Subic on May 29 will be followed by the LGU summit next month. Written by Henry Empeño - Business Mirror

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