The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it will start the P3-billion project for housing and support facilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) after more than a year from the signing of the agreement.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Dizon signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the relocation of PAF’s housing and operational areas in the 65-hectare New Clark City in August 2019.
“We are now procuring the civil works for the site development of a 65-hectare relocation site for the PAF housing facilities. In short, we have already finished and completed the Detailed Architectural and Engineering Design of the PAF housing facilities,” said Vince Dizon, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to the PAF housing facilities, BCDA is also in the process of preparing the Detailed Architectural and Engineering Design of the new PAF operational facilities to be relocated in the 146-hectare near OMNI area.
Dizon said BCDA is actively engaging with the PAF to ensure that the new PAF operational facilities comply with their requirements.
“From the PAF housing, you can go to New Clark City in 10 to 15 minutes, and to Clark International Airport in 10 to 15 minutes using an access road. Works are ongoing for a 20-kilometer access road and this will be finished by next year. From SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), it will only take you less than 30 minutes to get to New Clark City. We made sure the PAF housing site will be accessible via the major thoroughfares,” said Dizon.
“To continue our commitment of helping strengthen AFP and promote national development, we at BCDA will always look for ways to transform former military bases and properties into premier centers of economic growth with the help of our private sector partners,” Dizon said.
He said the BCDA will double its efforts to raise much-needed revenues for the government amid the financial debacle posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our mandate to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines transcends all threats. However, by building modern cities in partnership with the private sector, we strive to continuously raise more funds for the modernization of the AFP as well as provide for the welfare of our troops and the entire nation especially in this difficult period,” Mr. Dizon said.
BCDA has so far remitted to the Bureau of Treasury and completed about Php 11-billion worth of replication projects and P38 billion for the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.