Joining the growing list of countries boasting eco-cities, the Philippines is set to build Clark Green City which features a 50-year master plan that will help decongest Metro Manila, drive the economy and guide the country towards sustainable development.
Metro Manila, the national capital region of the Philippines, is one of the densest cities in the world, known for its chaotic streets and colourful traffic gridlock – but this may all eventually change once the country’s first sustainable city is realised.
Called the Clark Green City (CGC), the project is a 9,450-hectare master development plan located around the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, a province that is only about 80 kilometres away from Metro Manila. The Clark Green City will see five districts rise in three phases over the next five decades.
The upcoming eco-city is the brainchild of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), a state-run company mandated to transform or facilitate the sale of idle military camps and to repurpose former US military bases into productive areas, such as industrial zones. It is behind the successful turnaround of Fort Bonifacio, an old military camp that is now a bustling business and commercial area rivalling the stature of Makati, the country’s central business district.
In a recent interview, Arnel Paciano Casanova, president and chief executive officer of the BCDA, shared with Eco-Business that Clark Green City will even be grander than the 600-hectare Fort Bonifacio, which is now locally referred to as Bonifacio Global City, partly due to the presence of multinational companies.
He stressed: “The Clark Green City is a grandiose plan, but we will also build it gradually. We don’t want to bite off more than what we can chew.”
“Before we develop any land, we come up with a master plan first to see the optimal sustainable use of the land,” he added.
The city’s districts will feature, among others, government centre, a central business district, an academic district, an agri-forestry research and development area, and a wellness and eco-tourism district.
It will also be powered by renewable energy facilities and a waste-to-energy plant, as well as enhanced by sustainable modes of public transport like a bus rapid transit system, urban farms, and the use of high-capacity connectivity to support e-governance platforms.