NEW CLARK CITY, Tarlac, Sept.21 (PIA) -- British embassy Manila and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the New Clark City (NCC) Central Park and affordable housing project.
"What is being done in Clark is pioneering and hopefully creating a model for developments elsewhere in the Philippines and the region," British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce said.
"It's exciting that we face the prospects of something which is going to be clean, green, sustainable and resilient and a city that's inclusive as well where all branches of the community and society can find their place," he added.
NCC, envisioned as the first smart, green, sustainable and resilient metropolis in the country, was chosen as one of the pilot areas of the United Kingdom (UK) Prosperity Fund Global Future Cities Program.
Under the MOU, UK and BCDA will come up with a conceptual and detailed design for the Central Park, which will also be integrated to the open space network of NCC and its immediate surroundings.
The parties will also design a pilot 33.89-hectare affordable housing project in NCC and will review the existing housing strategy within the Clark Special Economic and Freeport Zone and NCC.
And lastly, UK and BCDA will set up a sustainability unit for NCC and facilitate development of activities on urban planning, disaster resilience, urban design, landscape architecture, and sustainable development goals.
"We're very, very thankful to the British government for staying the course and really believing in NCC and believing in the leadership of President [Rodrigo] Duterte who actually got such an ambitious project off the ground and starting it and moving it into the future," BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said.
"I don't think we would have found a better partner to develop the green and open spaces than the UK," he added. (CLJD-PIA 3)