New Clark City: PH and Japan Collaborate for Smart City Development
From architectural designs that look straight out of science fiction movies to self-driving electric cars, this promising smart city is the future and hope of Asia’s rising tiger. Somewhat like a scene from a Utopian episode of Black Mirror is the incumbent administration’s ambitious project set to rise about three decades from now: the New Clark City. This long-sighted planned community is envisioned to cater to the reoccurring problems of Metro Manila such as flooding, traffic and overcrowding.
New Clark City will be the country’s first smart and resilient metropolis. Actually situated in the up-and-coming city of Capas, Tarlac as opposed to its name Clark which is in Pampanga, this marketing scheme will conceivably lure potential foreign investors who are much more familiar with the latter. This $14 billion project is spearheaded by government-owned land developer Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with Singaporean government-owned industrial and infrastructure consulting firm Surbana Jurong.
Covering a total land of 9,450 hectares or 36 square miles, this sustainable development project that is 10x the size of BGC and 5x of Makati will be divided into 5 districts: Government, Business, Education, Agriculture, and Recreation. Although plans for the New Clark City have not been finalized yet, the vision of this budding city is riveted on environmental sustainability and climate resilience. Driven by this agenda, this smart city will presumably allocate a gross output of approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the national economy and is hence, the coup de grâce of our country’s bullish economy.
NEW CLARK CITY: A SUSTAINABLE AND SMART METROPOLIS
Dubbed by Waze, a popular GPS navigation software app, as the leading country with the worst traffic, Filipinos continue to battle the unceasing problem of inadequate road infrastructures in Manila falling short against the surge of vehicle sales over the years. Apart from the wasted time and inconvenience caused by the congestion of a myriad of PUVs and private cars rolling along the metro, the amount of carbon footprint emitted by these passenger cars is just as deadly as any human activities that directly harm the environment.
The New Clark City may not have flying cars but this smart city will usher in driverless cars running on electric energy rather than CO2-emitting gas which is better for the environment and will also ease the traffic congestion prevalent in Manila. The new railway line worth 206 billion yen is being constructed by the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development together with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will practically reduce the travel time between the two cities from the current 2-3 hours to 1 hour.
Revealed to be propelled by the hypothetical but disastrous earthquake coined as the “Big One”, the New Clark City is devised to house the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) with two government buildings, an agro-industrial park as well as P13 billion world-class sports complex which will serve as one of the venues for the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines in the last quarter of 2019. According to the certifications from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Clark has a favorable strategic location which makes it a perfect area to construct a disaster-resilient metropolis.
Aside from its unshakable area, the mountain ranges surrounding the New Clark City act as natural barriers keeping the location resistant to heavy flooding with its lowest elevation at 54 meters above sea level (masl) and highest at 800 masl in contrast to Metro Manila’s highest elevation located in Bonifacio Global City at just 40masl. In case any natural calamity strikes the country, the 1.2 million expected residents of this disaster-proof metropolis have lesser repercussions to stress about including their safety.
Although it will take three to four decades for this ambitious development to be fully completed, the first phase will most likely be finished by May of next year in time to host the 30th SEA Games. One of the main features of the New Clark City is its sustainable buildings cleverly designed to reduce water and energy usage for an eco-friendly and cost-efficient living. Since two thirds of the area will be allotted for farmlands, parks and other green meadows, the scarcity of carbon footprint emission will certainly benefit the environment as well as the health of the city occupants.
Check out this Japanese-inspired condominium set in BGC set to rise by 2025.
PH AND JAPAN PARTNER FOR A FORWARD-LOOKING FUTURE
In a seminar titled “New Clark City with Japan: Creating a Smart City with High Quality Infrastructure” headed by BCDA and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) last November, feasible business partnerships between the Philippines and Japan are discussed for further post-development of New Clark City. JETRO Executive Vice President Yasukazu Irino shares about the “close and friendly” relationship between the two countries and their identical goals centered on urban development initiatives.
Dr. Izumi tackles the strengths of Japanese cities from which our developing country can learn from. This highly-developed and technologically advanced country has smart cities that are economically progressive and consecutively sensitive to the needs and comfort of their residents. From bus networks and railway operations stretching to commercial and residential centers to incorporating elements of mobility, nature, safety and the use of renewable energy for building and fostering these so-called smart cities, Japan has a lot of assets and strong points to offer to the still up-and-coming New Clark City.
Various Japanese firms ranging from a selection of industries – real estate development, information and communications technology, manufacturing, logistics, and smart energy, among others have showcased their respective high-grade and world-class technologies which the Philippines can adopt and apply on infrastructure projects for New Clark City.
A nation full of visionary people is a country with a favorable start towards a progressive future.
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