Philippines’ first sustainable city to be built by 2022
Photo courtesy of Surbana Jurong
A green and lush metropolis where the air is clean, it’s safe to walk or bike on the road and where everyone feels like they belong soon will take shape in the Philippines.
Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), Singaporean urban developer Surbana Jurong and Japan’s Overseas Infrastructure Investment for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) plan to build the nation’s first smart, green, and disaster-resilient city, reports Eco-Business.
The project, to be known as New Clark City, will be in central Luzon and is expected to be complete in 2022.
The 9,450-hectare city inside the Clark Special Economic Zone will be on par with other modern cities in the world, according to project developers.
The overall sustainable management framework for the city will feature a fully integrated infrastructure and utilities for power, water, sewerage, information and communication technology (ICT), security and traffic management while ensuring environmental protection.
The Singaporean urban developer will also help secure investors for the city’s development through public-private partnerships and will advise developers on how to implement the plan.
Japan’s Overseas Infrastructure Investment for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) will lead the construction of the Manila-Clark Railway, which will be one of Japan’s biggest projects in the Philippines. The 106-kilometre railway will connect Tutuban, a major commercial and trade district in Manila, to the New Clark City and international airport, and is designed to shuttle up to 350,000 passengers a day.
Takuma Hatano, chief executive officer and president of JOIN, said the new railway will provide a more efficient and comfortable travel experience to commuters, a long-awaited relief in the country where riding jam-packed metro trains that often break down is the daily struggle of many Filipinos.