New Clark City National Government Administrative Center set for completion in 2020

The construction of the national government center in New Clark City, one of the 75 flagship projects under the Duterte administration’s infrastructure program, is underway and has been set for completion by 2020, according to the country’s chief economic planner.

“Our vision of having a centralized government center is finally in the works of becoming a reality. By 2020, we will see the NGAC (National Government Administrative Center) completed and fully operational,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said Wednesday in Tarlac.

Pernia noted that the project signifies government’s commitment to spread out development across the regions, while decongesting Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Davao.

“At the same time, the NGAC will ensure a more organized bureaucracy and faster processes, bringing government workers and government agencies spatially closer together,” he said.

The PHP12.69-billion centralized government center will house satellite offices of all the branches of the government –executive, legislative, and judiciary– along with their attached agencies.

Economic managers on Wednesday conducted a briefing on the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

Pernia said there are almost 5,000 projects in the Public Investment Program 2017-2022.

He said the number includes the administration’s 75 flagship projects, “32 of which we strive to finish by end-term in 2022.”

Phase 1 of the 200-hectare NGAC involves the development of back-up offices of various agencies to ensure continuous business operations and services for the people in case of disaster or national calamities. There will also be a one-stop-shop for all the businesses located in Central Luzon.

The Phase 1A includes the construction of a world-class sports complex consisting of a 20,000 seating capacity stadium and 2,000 seating capacity aquatics center which will be completed in time for the Philippine hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in the last quarter of 2019.

Once completed in 2019, the project’s Phase 1B will commence for the construction of additional government office buildings, government housing units, and support service facilities on a 20-hectare land.