The Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build Team has started the construction of National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) First Phase at the New Clark City on January 23.
The 200-hectare NGAC will be built within the 9,450-hectare New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, BCDA President Vivencio Dizon, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, and Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan.
According to government the NGAC First Phase will be developed into 2 parts.
The first part, Phase 1A, is the P13.16B project which involves the development of a 40-hectare land where a government building will be built.
“It will serve as back-up office of various agencies to ensure continuous business operations and services for the people in case of disaster or national calamities,” the government said. “There will be a one-stop-shop for all the businesses located at the New Clark City and its vicinity.”
Phase 1A will also see the development of a world-class Sports Complex with an Aquatics and Athletics Center which will be completed in less than two years and will serve as a venue for the athletics and water sports event of the 30th SEA Games scheduled on the last quarter of 2019.
“The Stadium shall have a seating capacity of 20,000 while the Aquatic Center shall have a seating capacity of 2,000,” the government said.
Phase 1B will commence after the completion of Phase 1A scheduled in 2019.
Additional government office buildings, government housing units, and support service facilities on a 20-hectare land will be constructed.
“Aside from this, small-scale retail and services facilities including banks, health centers, and hotels will be put up in adjacent zones,” the government said.
“MTD Capital Berhad won the bid to build the government hub in Tarlac, after submitting its proposal to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and undergoing the Competitive Challenge,” it added.
Aside from government center, the 9,450-hectare New Clark City will also house business district, academic district, agri-forestry research and development district, wellness, recreation and eco-tourism district.