CDC CORPORATE NEWS


    CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation is thankful that during the fire at Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. that no employees of the tire manufacturing firm inside Clark Freeport Zone was seriously injured or harm. Though two employees of Yokohama, who help in putting out the fire, were brought to nearby hospital for minor inhalation injuries. For the information of the Public, the Fire and Rescue Section of the Public Safety Division (PSD) of CDC was first to arrive at the scene when PSD received calls/fire alarm at about 3:20 PM leading Japanese tire manufacturer and exporter in Clark. Aside from the Fire & Rescue team, also present on the scene were PSD Police Officers, Traffic Section, CDC-Paramedics and Special Reaction Unit (SRU), including those of off-duty FRS personnel that provided security assistance. But because of the materials at the YTPI warehouse are highly combustible, the fire spread immediately where the rubber tires are located that prompted the CDC to seek assistance or coordinated to other firms who have firefighting equipment to help contain the fire.

    With the CDC’s coordination with other group, immediately responding in in the call for assistance were from Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) coming from different municipalities and cities namely: BFP- Angeles City, BFP-Mabalacat City, BFP- Bamban, BFP-Magalang, BFP-Tarlac City and BFP-Porac. Followed by the different Fire Brigade/Volunteers Team from different areas namely: Office of Civil Defense in Region 3, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Fire Department, Taguig City Fire Volunteer, Metro Raja Fire Volunteer, Quezon City Fire Volunteer, Recto Fire Volunteer, Manila Fire Volunteer and Dee Hwa Liong Fire Volunteer. Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Fire Department also responded at the scene. As the administrator of this Freeport, the state-run firm through the leadership of CDC President -CEO Noel F. Manankil ensures that lives and property are safe. Fire brought out at the YTPI Warehouse and Production Area Phase 3.

    In the initial investigation conducted by the Fire and Rescue Section of PSD said fire originated at Store 51, Phase 3, East Plant were finish product tires are stored. Two of the YTPI employees: Enrico Pineda and Randy Dizon suffered from minor suffocation, difficult of breathing and nausea due to over exposure from smoke from the burning building and immediately rush to The Medical City-Clark for medical attention. No casualties and other damages was noted during the fire incident. With the coordination of CDC, Clark International Airport Corporation, other local government units, including the regional office of the Bureau of Fire Protection, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority immediately dispatched their fire and rescue teams to help put out the fire at Yokohama which was declared fire out at 6:30 p.m.

    A parallel investigation between PSD-FRS and BFP is still on process and a progress report will follow. CDC President-CEO Noel F. Manankil assured that the Fire and Rescue Team, including the firefighting equipment, of CDC is in place to provide assistance and ensure safety of the locators in Clark. Manankil also stressed that CDC is also ready anytime to provide assistance to outside the Freeport should similar incident/calamity would occur.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — More than 100 Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the contiguous areas in this Freeport benefitted from the mobility project of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) held recently at Clark Skills and Training Center (formerly Polytechnic Clark) here. A total of 20 wheelchairs, 50 canes, and 25 nebulizers were distributed to the municipalities of Bamban, Capas in Tarlac, Porac; and cities of Mabalacat and Angeles in Pampanga. Now on its 5th year, the project was dubbed as “Wheelchair, Nebulizer at Tungkod Ginhawa ang Lingkod.” Rommel C. Narciso, CDC assistant vice president for External Affairs, said the mobility project is part of CDC’s Corporate Responsibility Programs and based on the priority needs and requests of PWD organizations in the surrounding areas in Clark.

    Philip Pelayo, officer-in-charge of the Angeles City Office for PWD Affairs (ACOPWDA), expressed thanks to the management of CDC for including their group as one of the beneficiaries of CDC’s CSR Projects since 2014. “CDC’s CSR is concrete and continuous,” Pelayo said. “Continue your CSR especially for the people in the periphery not only for Angeles City but also nearby city like Mabalacat. Maraming nandyan sa periphery ng mga barangay that still has major assistance not only medical nor other aspects livelihood and skills training as well. We are very grateful. Maraming salamat po,” he added. At present, ACOPWDA has 2,650 registered members from the 33 barangays in Angeles City.

    Rowena Dela Cruz, a representative of the Persons With Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Mabalacat City, thanked the state-run firm for extending assistance to their members. “Taos puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa CDC dahil sa kanilang patuloy na pagtulong sa ating mga kapatid na may kapansanan. Ever since po tumutulong sila hindi lang po sa assistive devices pati na rin po sa pagbibigay ng trabaho with the parternship. Mabuhay po kayo,” Dela Cruz said Mabacalat City Marino Morales said CDC’s mobility assistance will help the PWDs to be more productive. “We want you (referring to PWDs) to be more efficient, we want you to be productive. Masaya ako kapag nakikita ko na naghahanap buhay ang isang may kapansanan,” Morales said. Bamban Mayor Jose Antonio T. Feliciano commends CDC for continuous assistance not only through medical projects but also in livelihood programs. “Nagpapasalamat po kami sa CDC dahil hindi sila humihinto sa pagtulong sa pangangailangan ng bawat bayan,” Feliciano said.

    Porac Mayor Condralito B. Dela Cruz hopes for a sustained support from the government owned corporation. “Salamat sa biyaya na binibigay ninyo sa aming lugar sa Porac. Nabibigyan ng kalinga sa pamamagitan po ng CDC kaya kami po ay malugod na nagpapasalamat. Sana po ay hindi kayo magsawa na tumulong sa ating kababayan sa ngalan po ng mga official at aming munisipyo,” he said. Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan was represented by Councilor Joseph Ponce. Ponce also expressed thanks to CDC for extending help to the PWDs of the said city. “Kami po ay nagpapasalamat at hanga po kami sa CDC na pinagpapatuloy ang mga advocacy sa health at ang pagtulong sa mga mahihirap lalo na sa may mga kapansanan,” Ponce said. Prior to the distribution, an orientation and coordination meeting was done between CDC and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and PWD ‘focal persons’ to discuss the criteria of selecting qualified beneficiaries, among others.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — In celebration of the World Earth Day, participants in the 17th Recyclables Collection Event (RCE) and Collection of Selected Hazardous Wastes here held on April 22 earned about P478,000 in the bi-annual collection event spearheaded by Clark Development Corporation (CDC). The recycling event of CDC, in cooperation with the Environmental Permits Division, the Environmental Management Bureau of DENR Region III, and the Environmental Practitioners Association (EPA) was part of the celebration of Earth Day. It collected hazardous materials that that could pose as danger to the environment if not disposed of properly. The event is also in partnership with the Bantay Baterya Project of the ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. Engr. Rogelio Magat, Manager of the Environmental Permits Division of CDC, said that the DENR-registered recyclers and treaters who participated in this event had various types of waste materials collected, quantity, and total sales are as follows: The Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corporation and Evergreen Environmental Resources Inc. donated some 450 pieces of used lead acid batteries (ULAB) worth P239,375and bought 183 ULAB some 183 pieces worth P68,009.

    Magat said in reports to CDC President-CEO Noel F. Manankil that Dolomatrix Philippines Inc. collected 9,513 pieces of busted lamps from various locators and residents in Clark which is worth P95,130 while Joechem Environmental Corporation collected some 10,935 kilograms of used oil, selected electronics items about 2,315 pieces with a combined worth of P59000. Semirecycling Company, Inc. also collected other wastes electronic about 647 pieces worth P2,588 and recyclable items of about 2,358 pieces worth P13,051. This bi-annual event aims to promote recycling and materials recovery as viable options to reduce the volume of residual wastes. It also aims to promote awareness among the various small and medium business establishments on proper management of hazardous wastes like busted lamps/bulbs, used oil, used lead acid batteries, and electronic wastes (white goods like refrigerators, air conditioners, television sets, microwave and consumer electronics like mobile phones, tablets, among others, Magat said. “These common hazardous wastes when not properly managed pose significant health risks and can irreversibly pollute the environment especially the land, rivers and groundwater, “ Magat said said in his report to CDC president.

    The RCE, which was started by the CDC and the EPA in 2003, was initially open to recyclables (or "kalakal") like paper, cartons, PET bottles, aluminum cans and ULAB). However, through the years household hazardous wastes like busted lamps were included in 2010. In 2013, used oil/used cooking oil and electronic wastes were included in compliance to the new DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2013-22 which made a new category for these common household wastes (M506 and M507). From an annual event the RCE is now held twice a year in Clark and at least once usually in June outside of Clark to encourage LGUs to organize similar events in their areas. Previous RCEs were also held in Angeles City, Tarlac City and the City of San Fernando with the assistance of the EPA. Magat said the success of the RCE program is measured by the large number of busted lamps collected since 2010 (122,289 pieces), used oil (48,276 liters), and selected electronic wastes (28,860 kgs) that will no longer pose danger to the environment. More than 30 companies participated in the 1-day event. In closing, CDC awarded Certificates of Recognition to all service providers and to the various donors of the Bantay Baterya Project led by Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (P181,149), Quest Hotel (P41,302) Yokohama Tire Phils. Inc, Omni Aviation Corporation, Clark Water Corporation, Clark Airport Support Services, Clark Airport Support Services Corp., and H3 Technology Philippines Inc., Magat said.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Engr. Rogelio Magat (2nd, L), manager, Environmental Permits Division of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Mary Grace Agravante (4th,R), environmental management specialist II, Department of Energy and Natural Resources Environmental Management Bureau Region III together with representatives from the Environmental Practitioners Association (EPA) pose with other participants of the 17th Recyclables Collection Event (RCE) and Collection of Selected Hazardous Wastes held in Clark.
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil (2nd, L) together with (L-R) VP for Engineering Services Alveen Tabag, pose before Borj Meneses, featured artist of My City My SM My Art and also a CDC employee. Also present are Noel G. Tulabut, manager, Communications Division of CDC (CDC-CD); Eric V. Jimenez, assistant manager, CDC-CD and Alizaido F. Paras, VP for Administration and Finance. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil views the photo exhibit of Borj Meneses, a CDC employee and featured artist of My City My SM My Art. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil views the "Clark-side" part of a photo exhibit of Borj Meneses, a CDC employee and featured artist of My City My SM My Art. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    CLARK FREEPORT — The top executive of a world-class investment site here commended the plan of the national government to implement more infrastructure projects in the country, especially those in Central Luzon. Michael Russel, President of Global Gateway Development Corp. (GGDC), said the infrastructure development of the Duterte administration, which Clark Freeport will have much of the windfall, will further strengthen the Freeport’s investment potential particularly the Global Gateway Clark (GGC), a 177-hectare mixed-use estate inside this former US-run airbase. The American investor said the government's Build Build Build mantra strengthens the potential of the Freeport as an investment hub because “President Duterte is rightly prioritizing infrastructure. We are very very pleased,” he said.

    Russel made the statement at Balitaan, a weekly news conference spearheaded by the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI) in cooperation with Clark Development Corporation at CDC’s Bale Balita (Media Center). Russel said GGC will be pouring $45 billion for the development of a world-class economic hub for a 7 to 10 year build out. He expects return of investments to be "good" and 300,000 employment once fully operational. He also said that they are unfazed by the impending impositions of the "America First" policy of the Trump Administration on US investors located outside the US mainland. He said that American investors in Clark are not wary of President Trump’s recent pronouncements on encouraging businesses to return to US mainland as Trump vowed to “cut regulations and taxes to make it more attractive for businesses to operate in the US.”

    Potential of Clark as a viable investment destination remains, said Russel adding that they will stay in this Freeport to fulfill their vision in the estate property here. The GGDC president is also all praises to the government, especially to CDC and Clark International Airport, on the ease of doing business in Clark. 
"I am telling the investors that the Philippines, especially Clark Freeport Zone, has a huge potential and ‘right’ for investment," Russel said. Meanwhile, CDC President Noel F. Manankil welcomes the developments in GGDC area and remains optimistic that more investments and more jobs will be generated by the investors. Being referred to as the Bonifacio Global City of the north, GGC (formerly known as Global Gateway Logistics City), is now the top priority location for some of the biggest local and international companies scrambling for prime spots in a fully master-planned property.

    Russel said that GGDC is the solution to some of Metro Manila’s economic problems like over population, traffic and airport congestion. GGC is completely livable, disaster-ready and designed to accommodate multinational corporations like airline companies, business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, healthcare industries and transportation facilities essential to a modern day city. Once completed, the City will be divided into four zones: Aeropark, Business Park, Town Center and Logistics Park. Its One West and Two West buildings inside its Aeropark is being sold out at a fast pace. Fifty percent of the combined 57,000 square meters of office and retail spaces have already been committed to future lease by prospective investors. The buildings are set for completion July this year.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    An Aeta child views the marker of the late Angelo “Sonny” C. Lopez, Jr. former manager of the Public Relations Department (now Communications Division) of Clark Development Corporation at Sitio Haduan. The water facility at said location, originally a project of the late newsman and government executive, is being dedicated in his memory and will be inaugurated on Wednesday (March 29). Photo courtesy of Cesar L. Dimabuyu
    View of the water tank at Sitio Haduan. Recognizing the community’s need for potable water, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Manila Water Foundation (MWF) agreed to upgrade the simple hand pump rehabilitation to a complete water supply inclusive of a pumping station, pipe bridge, over head tank and communal faucet. Photo courtesy of Cesar L. Dimabuyu
    Clark Development Corporation President - CEO Noel F. Manankil welcomes US Embassy in Manila Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski during embassy officials' visit to Clark Freeport recently. Klecsheski was briefed by Manankil on the various developments inside the Freeport, including the plans of the Duterte Administration on various infrastructure projects in Clark and Central Luzon in the next five years.
    Clark Development Corporation President - CEO Noel F. Manankil (2nd from left) poses with US Embassy in Manila Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski (3rd from left) during his visit to Clark Freeport recently. CDC presented to Klecsheski various developments in Clark, including the infrastructure development plans anchored on the 'Build Build Build" mantra of President Duterte for Central Luzon. Also in photo are From L-R) Bases Conversion and Development Authority Vice President for Engineering Joshua M. Bingcang, Manankil, Klecheski and his companion at US Embassy Manila, Vice President for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group Evangeline Tejada, and CDC Asst. Vice President for Marketing Rodem Perez.
    CLARK FREEPORT — Ten solo parent from the town of Porac received Pangkabuhayan Karts from Clark Development Corporation (CDC), amounting to P110,000, in a bid to help them have a sustainable source of income. In his report to CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil, Assistant Vice President Rommel C. Narciso for External Affairs Division (EAD) said 10 carts were turned over Monday (March 20) to the beneficiaries after the flag-raisng ceremonies of the government employees of Porac town. The turnover of carts from CDC— dubbed as “Tulong Kabuhayan Para sa Maginhawang Buhay— was witnessed by members of Sangguniang led by Councilor Olga Frances David Dizon, who is also president of the Pampanga Councilors League; Councilors Bayan Michelle C. Bengco, Ludivico B. Muli, and Vice Mayor Dexter Albert A. David.

    Manankil said this is one way of empowering solo parents to give hope amid challenges through this simple livelihood project of CDC. This initiative is part CDC’s Corporate Responsibility Project to develop entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency for indigent members of the communities in the surrounding Metro Clark Area. These carts are start-up mobile carts appropriate for entrepreneurs engaged in street-food business. Each unit costs P11,000. The CDC-EAD said the beneficiaries of the 10 units of Pangkabuhayan mobile karts were Imelda Quidit (from barangay Calzadang Bayu); Erlinda Malit (Sta. Cruz); Marites Cura (Planas); Rosario Garcia (Pio Model Community); Evelyn Giluane (manibaug); Rowena Paragas (Cangatba); Maylin Balagtas (Calzadang Bayu); Rosalie De Guzman (Balubad); Bernadeth Sula (Sta. Cruz) and Elizabeth Reyes (Pio).

    Some 40 already benefitted from CDC’s Pangkabuhayan Karts since it’s inception in 2014, the CDC-EAD reported. Based on Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data, there are about 14 million solo parents in the Philippines. The increasing number of solo parents has led the national government to pass Republic Act 8972, or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000, which was promulgated on November 7, 2000. Under this act, one is considered a solo parent so long as the person is solely responsible for the upbringing of a child. This law also considers as a solo parent those who are left to care for children not their own, such as nephews, nieces, or godchildren.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) awards 10 Pangkabuhayan karts to solo parent in Porac, Pampanga led by Rommel C. Narciso, Assistant Vice-President for External Affairs Department. Witnessing the turn-over are members of Sangguniang Bayan Michelle C. Bengco; Olga Frances David Dizon; Ludivico B. Muli & Vice Mayor Dexter Albert A. David. (CDC-CD PHOTO)
    NEW CDC CHAIR. Former Sec. Jose ‘Ping’de Jesus is sworn into office as Chairman of Clark Development Corporation by Bases Conversion and Development Authority President-CEO Vivencio B. Dizon during the recently held Board of Directors’ Meeting at CDC Corporate Board Room in Clark Freeport. De Jesus was former chief of the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Transportation & Communications. (CDC-CD Photo)
    NEW CDC MASCOT. Clarkey, the Clark Development Corporation mascot, was presented to the members of the CDC Board Directors during their recent board meeting at the CDC Boardroom in Clark Freeport. In photo (L-R) are BCDA President CEO & CDC Vice Chair Vivencio Dizon, CDC Chairman Jose de Jesus, Director Francisco Villanueva, Jr., Director Bong Baron, CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil, Director Edwin Rodriguez, CDC Corporate Sec. Perlita Sagmit, and Director Ramp Nielsen Uy. (CDC-CD Photo)
    CLARK FREEPORT — Clark’s world-class tourism facilities and services continue to attract foreign and local visitors as seen in the increase in last year’s tourist arrivals here by 2.27 percent or 42, 622. In the 2016 Annual Report, the Tourism Promotions Division of CDC (CDC-TPD) stated that Clark registered a total of 1,916,700 tourists in 2016 compared to 1,874,078 in 2015. Between 2015 and 2016, arrival numbers to Clark International Airport rose from 423,332 to 457, 283. Of the total tourist arrivals in 2015, 1,001,980 are hotel guests inside the Freeport, while 448,766 were same day tourists. In 2016, 1,106,535 visitors registered as hotel guests, of which 352,882 were day tourists.

    This figure included seven hotels in 2015 and 13 hotels in 2016. Other major visitor points include passenger arrivals in Clark airport, educational tours, guests at Clark Museum, special events and use of parks and open spaces here. CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil recognized tourism as a strong driver of social and economic development. Only 90 kilometers away from Manila, the availability of accessible venues and services provide guests various choices on where to go and what to book. Some of the efforts to promote tourism here include the staging of CDC-organized Clark Festival 2016, which posted an estimated 26,350 visitors last December 3 and 4 as compared to 23,000 visitors in 2015. It also set a record having collected P1.890 million worth of sponsorships which was the highest since its inception in 2013.

    Adding fun and promoting a connection to its stakeholders, CDC’s promotional mascot, “Clarkey”, was officially launched during Clark Festival. Clark is also a preferred venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). This Freeport hosted the APEC 1st Senior Officials Meeting (APEC SOM 1) and will be the site for Association of South East Asian Nation leaders (ASEAN) summit 2017. This Freeport was named the Sports Destination of the Year for hosting various sports tourism events, including racing competitions, Frisbee games, car shows, and widely attended Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The said Clark’s signature event welcomes more than 110,000 local and foreign visitors yearly.

    As the administrator of this Freeport, CDC recognizes the importance for tourism providers to develop and improve their services. It can be recalled that CDC and the regional of the Department of Tourism (DOT III) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on January 23 to enforce the accreditation of tourism enterprises here that will be jointly undertaken by CDC and DOT III. At present, Clark has over 2,000 hotel rooms, 63 convention and meeting facilities, 75 dining facilities, eight wellness facilities, and five hospitals. The Freeport also has six casinos, four golf courses, international racetrack and other sports facilities, including seven shopping centers, 20 banks, 12 convenience stores and six petrol depot.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) has recently conferred to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) the Central Luzon Excellence Award for Health (CLExAH) 2016 in support and promotion of women’s health and welfare in the workplace. The recognition of the government’s health agency to CDC is attributed to the application of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Healthy Women Healthy Economies (HWHE) Policy Toolkit inside the Freeport. The conferment of recognition was received recently during the awarding ceremonies held at the Royce Hotel in this Freeport.

    The Health and Sanitation Division (HSD) of CDC facilitated the application of the policy toolkit for 10 companies Clark and participated in the consolidation of results even before the HWHE workshop. Dr. Clemencita D. Dobles, manager of HSD attended the said workshop held in Lima, Peru last year. Likewise, Freeport’s locator-company, La Rose Noire Phils. was also among the chosen firm for its best practices for women in the workplace. The firm was represented by Rolando Zafra who was among the invitees to attend the APEC 2016 in Peru together with the representatives from CDC and DOH.

    HWHE is an APEC initiated agenda for enhancing women’s economic participation on improving women’s health. The task is to develop a policy toolkit to identify health barriers that may constrain women’s participation in the workplace. The HWHE Policy Toolkit Scorecard was developed by the DOH along with other partners Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Merck Phils., among others. The toolkit covers five core areas: Workplace Health and Safety, Health Access and Awareness, Gender based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Work Balance. The tool With the theme “Sustaining Excellence in Health in 2016 and beyond,” CLExAH aims to give recognition to partners government agencies and private firms for their outstanding performances and significant contributions to maintaining a healthy community and workplace.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — Executives of the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines have cited Clark for its ideal environment for electronic- business and data storage and protection. Owing to its natural characteristics and existing facilities, industry leader ePLDT has chosen Clark to invest P1.3-billion in its new Vitro Data Center Clark. Envisioned to support the region’s thriving business communities and planned IT hubs in Central Luzon, the disaster-resilient data center is the 9th such facility in the Philippines launched by ePLDT.

    “This (referring to Clark) is a very appealing site especially for enterprises in other parts of the country that requires not just disaster recovery but rather a site that which they can replicate their IT environment in an active set up,” said Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group chief operating officer. She also underscored proximity to Manila and Freeport security as Clark’s value propositions. “Since Clark is only 90 kilometers away from the central business district in Manila, the coming over here to local their production site is not as difficult as going to Cebu. While this facility is already secure by itself, Clark by its set up has a natural security this since this is an ecozone,” Ramos said.

    “Many companies in various sectors have been looking to expand their operations north of Manila and Vitro data Center Clark provides them with the best support facility to grow their presence in the region,” Ramos added. “With the robust and secure facility operated according to global standards, combined with a growing and highly capable workforce, players in these industries particularly the IT-BPO and finance industries will find doing business in Central Luzon a sound strategic choice,” she said. Unlike Metro Manila, there is no known earthquake fault directly underneath Clark Freeport. Clark’s backdrop of hills and high elevation make itself safe from onslaughts of severe tropical storms and floods. It is also known for its well-paved and wide road network, including the access to the Subic seaport via the SCTEX.

    Eric Alberto, ePLDT president said aside from geographical advantage of the new data center facility, it is also just a few minutes away from the Clark International Airport making it an ideal hub for foreign enterprises to collocate their back-up infrastructure. Vitro Data Center Clark is the first Rated-3 data center facility outside Metro Manila, based on the TIA-942 standards. This certification is given to data centers that are concurrently maintainable in design, which means each component that is part of the distribution path can be removed, replaced or serviced on a planned basis without any disruption in the client’s ICT capabilities.

    Vitro Data Center Clark further complements the Vitro data center network which is already present in eight other locations including Makati, Pasig and Davao. By year end, the 10th Vitro Data Center will be inaugurated in Cebu. Leading the unveiling ceremony aside from Alberto and Ramos were ePLDT Group Chief Technology officer Dave Simon, FVP and head of PLDT-Smart Enterprise Groups Jovy Hernandez, VP and head of Disruptive Business group Nico V. Alcoseba and PLDT VP for Communications Ramon Isberto.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — Clark Development Corporation (CDC) was able to recover some 64 hectares from informal settlers inside the Freeport. In a report submitted by the Estate Preservation and Recovery Division (EPRD), the land recovery in 2016 was done through an amicable negotiation with the informal settlers at no cost to CDC. The EPRD report stated that 19 hectares of government property at the so-called Pastolan area near Mabalacat City were recovered in February last year where 15 illegally constructed houses were constructed on the CDC-CIAC-BCDA common property.

    In September, 40 hectares at the north side of Jose Abad Santos Highway and another five hectares at the Prince Balagtas Street northward of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway were recovered. CDC has conducted demolition operations on illegally constructed stalls, shanties, transport terminals and various structures. They were found at the site of transport depot, Clark Veteran’s Cemetery, the East Perimeter Fence in Barangays Mabiga and Lakandula in Mabalacat City.

    To ensure that illegal settlers will not return or have structures erected, the EPRD continuously monitors previously cleared areas in coordination with barangay officials. The EPRD also oversees an ongoing survey to identify alleged ‘owners’ of large parcels of government property in sub-zone area, or the Clark Special Economic Zone.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — One of the top semiconductor firms in the world today is pouring an additional $170 million investment on its expansion project inside this Freeport zone. Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil, who was at the ground breaking ceremonies of the 2nd phase of the expansion project of Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corporation (PSPC) expressed optimism with the expansion of the South Korean firm here. As of June 2016, the Korean firm has an actual $7.52 billion in actual investments in Clark Freeport since starting operations in 2010. During the ground breaking rites, Manankil was joined by SFA Engineering & SFA Semicon Ltd., (SFA) President Kim Youngmin and PSPC President Lee Byeongchun, signalling the construction of PSPC’s Phase 2 semiconductor assembly and testing facilities within the company’s manufacturing cent

    In 2016, PSPC is top exporter in Clark with its export valued at $1.6B. It has about 1,600 workers. With PSPC’s Phase 2 construction, it’s manufacturing capability and employment could be doubled, said Manankil. “In CDC, first, we are happy when we sign a Lease Agreement (referring to PSPC) then when the investor completes its construction and starts operating, more so, when it expands its operations,” Manankil said in his speech during the groundbreaking rites. For his part, Lee said he is hopeful that the company will contribute to the development of the local industry and businesses.

    “In the next seven years, we hope to be able to duplicate, if not exceed, the advances we made since 2010 and with the support of our business partners both present and future--Taiyo Nippon and ANDA Power among others-- CDC acting as our official link with the national government, and with the guidance of our mother company, SFA Semicon Co., Ltd., we commit to a better future for Clark, for Pampanga and for the Philippines, through our Phase 2 project,” Lee said in his speech. For his part, Kim said PSPC is being molded to be the manufacturing hub of the SFA group in Asia as part of their global manufacturing realignment strategy in the future. “PSPC is predicted to be a company that will provide state-of-the-art semiconductor assembly services to Samsung and other electronics companies around the world,” he said.

    “By diversifying its client base, PSPC is predicted to solidify its role as a major key player in the semiconductor business benefiting Clark Freeport Zone, the national economy and the global market,” Kim added. PSPC’s major product lines include, Dynamic Random Access Memory and memory chips for desktop computer work stations and servers, personal computers, laptops and ultrabooks as well as Samsung-branded memory secured digital cards. Also present during the ground breaking ceremonies were FS Phil. President Sukho Kang; Welcron Korea President Youngkyu Lee; ANDA Power Chairman Elon Ting; SFA Engineering Ltd. Vice Chairman Jin Won; and Ingasco President Raymond Chu.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    RIBBON CUTTING. Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil (3rd, right) joins SFA Engineering & SFA Semicon Ltd., President Youngmin Kim (4th, right) and PSPC President Byeongchun Lee (3rd, left) accompanied by other business partners participated in a ribbon cutting ceremonies for the construction of PSPC $170 million 2nd phase expansion project in Clark. Also present were (L-R) Ingasco President Raymond Chu; ANDA Power Chairman Elon Ting; SFA Engineering Ltd. Vice Chairman Jin Won, Welcron Korea President Youngkyu Lee, and FS Phil. President Sukho Kang. (CDC-CD Photo)
    GROUND BREAKING. Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil (3rd, left) of SFA Engineering & SFA Semicon Ltd., (SFA) President Youngmin Kim (4th, left) and PSPC President Byeongchun Lee (3rd, right) accompanied by other business partners lifted symbolic shovelful of dirt that signals the construction of PSPC expansion project in this Freeport. Also present were (L-R) FS Phil. President Sukho Kang, Welcron Korea President Youngkyu Lee, SFA Engineering Ltd. Vice Chairman Jin Won; ANDA Power Chairman Elon Ting; and Ingasco President Raymond Chu. (CDC-CD Photo)
    Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo enjoys 4th day of the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) at the Omni aviation Complex in Clark Freeport on Sunday as she is tethered by the Philippine Air Lines giant balloon on the last day of the 4th day weekend that everything flies. Joining her (l-r) are Clark Development Corporation Director Nestor Villaroman, CDC President-CEO Noel F. Manankil, businessman Rene Romero., and PIHABF Event Director Joy Roa. (CDC-CD Photo)
    Department of Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo graces the 4th day of the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) at the Omni aviation Complex in Clark Freeport on Sunday. (CDC-CD Photo)
    FIRST BURN. This signals the official opening of the first day of the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) held in Clark. Leading the ‘ceremonial inflation’ of the hot air balloon are Tourism Usec. Kat de Castro (in light purple scarf), Clark Development Corporation Noel F. Manankil, PIHABF Event Director Joy Roa, and Bases and Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon (partly hidden). The hot air balloon event commenced today until Feb. 12 at the Omni Aviation Complex inside Clark Freeport. (CDC-CD Photo)
    SUN OVER SUN. The sun's early morning rays go thru a sun on a balloon designed after the Philippine flag at the start of 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta held at the Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport. (Photo by Noel G. Tulabut)
    UP. UP. And Away. Giant hot air balloons as they prepare to fly to give the kaleidoscopic view inside Clark Freeport zone during the first day of the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The hot air balloon event will be held starting from Feb. 9 to 12 at the Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport. (CDC-CD Photo)
    CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation is set to embark on a new Master Development Plan (MDP) in order to usher in a new business landscape inside on of the country's top economic havens. This, as several lease contracts of pioneer locators signed during the formative years of CDC, are set to expire in the next few years. The plan will also complement President Duterte’s infrastructure development thrust for Central Luzon. CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil said that since the inception of state-run firm in 1993, many of CDC’s 25-year contracts or lease agreements with locators will expire by 2018 and henceforth.

    Anticipating these expirations, CDC is preparing the new MDP for the main Freeport to make it more marketable, effective, viable, and in harmony with current and planned developments, including the Clark International Airport and Clark Green City development. According the project rationale, “the new MDP aims to optimize the development potentials of Clark without compromising the economic, environmental and social integrity of the Main (Freeport) Zone with the surrounding areas.”

    The new MDP would also incorporate a concomitant business plan that "will leverage on the potentials of Clark to incorporate environment friendly, smart and resilient ‘green initiatives’ and fortify the Freeport's status as a modern industrial estate and premier service and logistics hub in the region", according to Manankil. It will provide a fresh take on the most strategic approach for further development of the Freeport zone in accordance with the government’s new mantra “Build, Build, Build” whose goal is to usher the Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines. The MDP will also include a total integrated master plan for the Subic-Clark Corridor (CFZ, Clark Civil Aviation complex, Clark Special Economic Zone, and Clark Green City), the proposed North Luzon Railways project, Manila-Clark airport Express Railway, and the 60-kilometer railway that will connect Clark and Subic.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Noel F. Manankil (right), Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. President Toshio Kuwahara (left) and Honda Cars Angeles-Clark (HCAC) President and CEO Eriberto H. Gomez (center) cut ribbon to inaugurate the new Honda Cars Angeles-Clark building Tuesday (January 31).
    HCAC is the second dealership in Pampanga, with a total lot size of 2,500 square meters, located at Manuel A. Roxas Highway in Clark Freeport Zone. The fully operational dealership offers Honda’s latest line-up as well as services such as general repair and preventive maintenance. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    CLARK FREEPORT — Some 139 individuals completed the training on wig making spearheaded by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with the world-class manufacturer of hairpieces and other related accessories here. The trainees completed the 30-day Skills Training and Employment Program for the Underprivileged Persons (STEP-UP) on Wig Making implemented by the state-run firm in partnership with Aderans Philippines, Inc. (API) and Starboard Manpower Services, Inc. (SMSI). The culminating rites was held on January 18 at the API complex here.

    In his report to CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil, Assistant Vice President Rommel C. Narciso for External Affairs Department (EAD) said the new wig makers are part of the total 640 individuals who finished the STEP-UP on wig making since the program started in 2015. Aside from free skills training, Narciso said the trainees were given an allowance of 75 percent of the minimum wage per day and a guaranteed employment for those who will complete the training program. For his part, Masao Kaneko, API general manager, underscored the quality of their products are the main reason for customers to come back to do more business with API.

    On the hand, Michelle Tan, general manager of SMSI encouraged the graduates “to love their job.” Also present were. Ma. Rose S. Mandap, Asst. Manager- CDC/CSRPD, Joselito J. Romero, Senior Officer-CDC/SCD and Jodan S. Ramos, HR Officer-SMSI and Lycia D. Marzan, CSRPD Community Relations Officer. API is one of the recipients of “Clark Freeport Recognition 2010” for its valuable economic and social development contributions.


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    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    NEW WIG MAKERS. Trainees show the certificate of completion of the 30-day Skills Training and Employment Program for the Underprivileged Persons (STEP-UP) on Wig Making implemented by the state-run firm in partnership with Aderans Philippines, Inc. (API) and Starboard Manpower Services, Inc. (SMSI).
    The culminating rites was led by Assistant Vice President Rommel C. Narciso for External Affairs Department (EAD) and API general Masao Kaneko held on January 18 at API complex in Clark. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    AFFILIATE RESERVE UNIT. Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Noel F. Manankil shakes hand with Deputy Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Col. Luis Marciano after the opening ceremony of the Military Orientation Training at the board room of CDC recently. CDC, through a Memorandum of Agreement with AFRC, will conduct basic military training for some of the employees of the state-run firm. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    CLARK FREEPORT — Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil acknowledged the importance of world-class tourism facilities and services available to the visitors and residents of this Freeport and its contiguous areas. This was learned after the Department of Tourism Region III (DOT III) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with CDC on January 23 to enforce the accreditation of tourism enterprises in Clark that will be jointly undertaken by CDC and DOT Region III.

    The MOA was signed between Manankil and DOT III Regional Director Ronnie Tiotuico. The MOA is also in support of the DOT's thrust to uplift the quality of tourism facilities and services in the country as mandated by R.A. 9593 otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009. At present, Clark has over 2,000 hotel rooms, 63 convention and meeting facilities, 75 dining facilities, eight wellness facilities and five hospitals. The Freeport also has six casinos, eight golfing and other sports facilities, seven shopping centers, 20 banks, 12 convenience stores and six petrol depot.


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    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    TOURISM BOOST. Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Noel F. Manankil and Department of Tourism III Regional Director Ronnie Tiotuico show the copy of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Accreditation of Tourism Enterprises in Clark Freeport Zone. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    Also present during the MOA signing are (L-R) Manager for Communications Division Anthony Emmanuel G. Tulabut; AVP for Business Development Thelma C. Ocampo; AVP for Technical Services Teresito T. Tiotuyco; Manager for Tourism Promotions Noemi B. Garcia; VP for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group (BDBEG) Evangeline G. Tejada; AVP for Business Enhancement Atty. Noelle Mina D. Meneses and AVP for Information Technology Dionisio T. Dychioco III.
    CLARK FREEPORT — The state-owned government agency has recently ordered the opening of a new access gate for inbound and outbound motorists here. The opening of the new gate along Don Juico Avenue in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City is in preparation for the staging of the 21stPhilippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta to be held on February 9 to 12. Clark Development Corporation Vice President for Engineering Services Group Alveen Tabag said the new gate is only for light vehicles and open only from 6am to 8pm

    The gate is one of the infrastructure projects of the state-owned firm that are lined up to help ease down traffic in and around the Freeport especially during rush hours. CDC spent P4.4 million for the construction of the new access gate. On Nov. 21 last year, CDC has opened the six-kilometer Clark Mabalacat Angeles Road (CMAR) to motorists to help decongest vehicular traffic along MacArthur Highway between the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat. CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil said that more infrastructure projects are being lined here in line with the Build Build Build mantra of the national government.

    CDC is also eyeing widening of major thoroughfares inside the Freeport in preparation for a possible conduct of events related to the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be held in the country this year. The road improvements are also in anticipation of growing domestic and international flights at Clark airport and the increasing number of workers due to the expected operations of new locators here.


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    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — The officers of Clark Locators and Investors Association (CILA) lauded the appointment of Noel F. Manankil president and chief executive officer of Clark Development Corporation during the 4th Quarter General Membership meeting (GMM) of the association. Manankil was the guest speaker during the 4th GMM of CILA held at the Convention Center of Widus Hotel and Casino here.

    Manankil is an accountant and finished his baccalaureate degree at the Dela Salle University in 1991 in Manila and taught part time accountancy subjects at the two universities in Angeles City. Manankil started as a rank and file employee of the state-owned firm in 1995. Before the presentation of Manankil on the plans and programs of CDC for the 2017, CILA President Joselito Go said that their group is looking forward to establishing a close working relationship with CDC to achieve more milestone inside this Freeport.

    “Congratulations to NFM as the new President and CEO of CDC. We are looking forward for continuing partnership and more collaborative discussions on issues and concerns that will make the lives of locators and investors of Clark easier and more convenient, worthy and productive, Go said. “Good luck to all the upcoming big projects and CILA will always work hand in hand with you because we believe… Everything Clark!,” Go said.

    Likewise, CILA Chairperson Jeannie Ng said “he is unique (referring to Manankil) because unlike previous presidents who came from the outside, he has been with CDC for 21 years and he rose from the ranks. Because of this, he has the potential to be the best president of CDC.” In the meeting, Manankil presented to the CILA members programs lined-up for 2017, especially during the ASEAN Summit which will be held in this Freeport. Manankil in his 10-minute presentation also updated the group on various developments inside and outside of the Freeport.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and Chief Executive Officer Noel F. Manankil delivers his presentation before the officers and members of Clark Locators and Investors Association (CILA) held at the Convention Center of Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark.
    Manankil presented to the CILA members programs lined-up for 2017, especially during the ASEAN Summit which will be held in this Freeport.
    CLARK FREEPORT — One hundred thirty two applicants were ‘hired on the spot’ (HOTS) while hundreds of others were up for tests and interview in the recent Clark Freeport Jobs Fair participated in by 84 locators held beside the tennis court at the Parade Grounds here. In a report submitted to CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil, AVP for External Affairs Department of CDC (CDC-EAD) Rommel C. Narciso said of the 1,020 job seekers who trooped the recent job fair, 132 were hired on the spot, 269 others were qualified for tests/examinations and the other 2,227 were scheduled for further interview. More than 9,000 jobs from various locators in Clark are still available as per data at the EAD.

    Narciso said the one-day event is a project of the CDC, in partnership with Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region III, Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) of Pampanga. Some of participating companies in the jobs fair were, Amertron Inc., Comclark COAM Philippines Inc., Super Shopping Market Inc., Service Resources Inc., H3 Technology, Iqor Philippines Inc., GNGN Eikaiwa Phils., Inc., Fully Advanced Manpower Solutions Inc., Ausphil Solution Corp., BSD Trade Service Corp., Ivoline IBT Core Inc., Innoven Contents Center Inc., Maxim De Humana International Inc., Youtech Phils., Inc., Clark Data Center Inc., Mimosa Cityscapes Inc., Talking Net Global Education Inc., ZGETCARE Systems, Inc., among others. As a continuing initiative to address issues on job mismatches, the CDC, SCADC, TESDA, various Colleges/Universities and local government units in Pampanga have formally collaborated to prepare training needs assessments. A proposed program is the Dual Training System that will match the labor market with present and future needs of industries.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Vice-President for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group (BDBEG) welcomes the participants of the jobs fair organized by CDC and Clark Investors and Locators Association held beside the tennis court at the Parade Grounds in Clark. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    Rekindling the spirit of volunteerism, teamwork and camaraderie among the officials and employees of Clark Development Corporation as they welcome the participants of the jobs fair organized by CDC and Clark Investors and Locators Association held beside the tennis court at the Parade Grounds in Clark. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    CLARK FREEPORT — At least 744 indigents, including children and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), benefitted from the “Noche Buena” packages and other gift items from Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in cooperation with several locators here and hundreds of donor-participants of Color Manila Run recently. In a report submitted to CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil, AVP for External Affairs Department of CDC (CDC-EAD) Rommel C. Narciso said the state-run firm distributed food packs, assorted gift items and used clothing placed in shoeboxes. The donation was held at the Parade Grounds here. The gift giving which forms part of the state-run firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project for the year 2016, was part CDC’s commitment to uplift the marginalized sector within the Freeport contiguous areas.

    Of the 744 beneficiaries, 100 were PWDs, 470 were children and the rest were members of the Indigenous People (IPs). Contents of the gift packs include basic commodities such as rice, canned-goods, milk, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo, bar soap, among others. Aside from Color Manila, Quest Hotel and Conference Center Clark, Clark Water, and Subic Clark Alliance Development Council (SCADC) supported the said CDC’s CSR.

    The indigent-beneficiaries were from the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat, Porac town in Pampanga, including some poor communities of Bamban, Tarlac. Likewise, shoeboxes from participants of Color Manila Black Light Run were given to the following institutions: Institutions of Duyan ni Maria, Children’s Joy Foundation, Children’s Home of Eucharist Love & Kindness, Bahay Pag-Ibig, St. Joseph Home for Special Children, among others. Prior to the event, CDC conducted evaluation and coordination meetings with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and officials of various concerned local government units and Institutions in order to identify less fortunate members of the communities who will benefit for the said project.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Vice-President for Administration and Finance (OIC) Alizaido Paras (3rd row, R) joins the beneficiaries of the state-run firm’s gift giving project. The project which forms part of the state-run firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project for the year 2016, was part CDC’s commitment to uplift the marginalized sector within the Freeport contiguous areas. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President-CEO Noel F. Manankil delivers his message before the Japanese executives and business partners of Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. during the 20th anniversary celebration of the rubber tire firm operating in Clark. The celebration was held at Quest Hotel and Conference Center Clark over the weekend. Manankil in his 10-minute presentation also updated to the guests on various developments inside the Freeport zone. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    CLARK FREEPORT — This Freeport has been named the “Destination of the Year 2015” during the first edition of the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards (PTSA) held on Nov. 22 at the Newport Theater, Resorts World Manila. Clark was given the said award for staging the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF), “the only festival that combines ground event with aviation-related activities in an all-in-one extravaganza for local and foreign enthusiasts,” as written in the souvenir program of the event.

    PTSA was spearheaded by Selrahco Management, organizer of various Sports Tourism Forum in the Philippines in collaboration with the Tourism Promotions Board of the Department of Tourism and Philippine Sports Commission. “Every time the hot air balloons are lifted up in the air, so is the tourism of Clark,” said Charles Lim, president Sehralco Management and Consultancy Services. With an estimated 112, 069 visitors, the 2015 PIHABF contributed to Metro Clark’s economy, evidenced by fully-booked restaurants and accommodations.

    Likewise, Clark has become a favorite venue for several outdoor sports events including the duathlon, triathlon, race car event, cycling, fun run, Ironman, Frisbee, baseball league competition, among others. Other awardees include, Sunrise Events, Inc. for Organizer of the Year-Private, Municipality of Lubao Pampanga for Organizer of the Year-Government, Tabuelan III for Domestic Event of the Year, Ironman 70.3 for International Event of the Year, Philippine International Sailing Federation for Sports Association of the Year, Ironman 70.3 – Province of Cebu for Destination Marketing of the Year, Resorts World Manila Golf Masters for Event Sponsorship of the Year and Fat Boy 10s Rugby for Charity Event of the Year.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil and Tourism Promotions Division Manager Noemi B. Garcia hold the Philippine Sports Tourism Award alongside officials and employees of the state-run firm.
    Clark Freeport has been named the “Destination of the Year 2015” during the first edition of the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards (PTSA) held on Nov. 22 at the Newport Theater, Resorts World Manila.
    CLARK FREEPORT — In support to the government’s effort to provide quality medical services, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) donated beds converted into hospital use of the Ospital Ning Capas recently. In a letter to CDC Officer In Charge Noel F. Manankil, Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan of Capas requested for 25 beds and 25 cushions for the use of the said government hospital. Rommel C. Narciso, assistant vice president of the External Affairs Department of CDC (CDC-EAD), led the turnover of the hospital beds to Efren de Jesus, Municipal Administrator and other employees of CDC and local government of Capas.

    The local government of Capas expressed thanks to the state-run firm as the donated beds will enable the LGU “to provide quality medical service to the growing population of the municipality and its neighboring towns.” The said hospital is classified by the Department of Health (DOH) as a Level 1 facility with approved authorized bed capacity of 25.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Department Rommel C. Narciso and Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan show the acknowledgement receipt of the donated medical equipment for the Ospital Ning Capas.
    CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to inaugurate the six-kilometer Clark Mabalacat Angeles Road (CMAR) on November 21, 2016. The CMAR begins at the transportation terminal at Mabalacat Gate, runs parallel with the existing East Perimeter fence and ends at the M. A. Roxas Highway at Main Gate. CDC Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil said the government was able to save P3.1 million on the construction of CMAR. From the P176 million approved budget, the state-run firm only spent P172.9 million. On board a private vehicle, travel between Sta. Ines/Mabalacat Gate intersection area to Main Gate via Mac Arthur Highway would take an 30-45 minute average. It would be longer via commuter transport. With the newly constructed road, the travel time is expected to be at around 6-8 minutes.

    The southern tip of the CMAR is equipped with computerized traffic signal lights going to and fro of Clark Freeport, and the cities of Mabalacat and Angeles. A speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour and 40 kilometers per hour on curves will be enforced at the CDC-funded infrastructure project. Extremely large vehicles, closed vans, tricycles, electronic bikes and Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) are prohibited to use the road but CDC is still requiring bicycle and motorcycle riders to wear proper safety helmet, including reflectorized vests. CMAR is included in the Freeport’s Master Plan and one of the priority projects identified in the Transportation and Traffic Management Study for the Clark Freeport Zone conducted by the University of the Philippines – National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS).

    The project consists of two packages. The first package was undertaken by the construction firm of BS Ponio and Company, Inc. The project features include 940-meter two lane roadway, shoulder, street lights and 60 meters single span two lane weathering steel bridge. The second package was constructed by Haidee Construction and Development Corporation. The project features include 4,500-meter two lane road, shoulder, with street lights, and 427.47 meters four lane road with sidewalk, street lights, and traffic lights at the intersection with First Street and intersection with M.A.Roxas Highway. Initially with two lanes, the newly constructed road is expandable to four lanes. Also, the Engineering Services Group of CDC announced, the proposed extension of the road up to San Joaquin in Mabalacat which is targeted for construction next year. All the road improvement projects of CDC are also being implemented to help prepare Clark in hosting some activities when Philippines host the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — One of the world’s top avionics system developers from the United States catering to various aircraft manufacturers in the world is now operating inside this Freeport. Performance Software Philippines Corporation, with a primary business to develop critical software for the aerospace and medical industries, signed a lease agreement with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) last June. Performance Software President Scott Ziebarth said the firm specializes in developing real-time embedded avionics systems and full life cycle certifiable software solutions used in specific airborne systems.

    The firm is also experienced in developing systems in accordance with other safety-critical avionics guidelines and standards, including Boeing and other types of aircraft. The firm’s head office is located in Arizona, USA, and with satellite offices in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Grand Rapids, New Orleans, and Waukesha, all in the US. During his interview over ‘Clark in Action,’ CDC’s public affairs program, Ziebarth said his firm is among the most experienced software developers in the aerospace and avionics programs. He said some of the Filipino software engineers now working in Clark were previously sent to the US for training, while experienced engineers from the US continuously train and develop local engineers in the avionics software development.

    At present, the firm has 13 Filipino software engineers and is expected to increase his employees early next year, Ziebarth said. He said it took him 3 years to decide on his plan to expand overseas and the Philippines was his number one choice because of the trainability of the software engineers in the country. The firm is also into software development for medical devices in the US.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    Clark-based Alpha Aviation Group Philippines launches its Airbus A320 Fixed Based device. A flight simulator first of its kind not just in the country but in the whole Southeast Asian region. (From Left to Right) Mr. Cristopher Magdangal- Asia Pacific Regional Director of Alpha Aviation Group; Mr. Cherian Thomas- Chairman of Alpha Aviation Group; Capt. Odee Reambillo- Head of Training; Alpha Aviation Group, Capt. Antonio Toral- Accountable Manager; Alpha Aviation Group, Mr. Medardo Banatao Jr.- Head of Operations, Alpha Aviation Group.
    Clark-based Alpha Aviation Group Philippines launches its Airbus A320 Fixed Based device. A flight simulator first of its kind not just in the country but in the whole Southeast Asian region. (From Left to Right) Dindo Banatao - Head of Operations, Alpha Aviation Group, Phil Christoper Magdangal - Regional Director Alpha Aviation Group; Cherian Thomas - Chairman, Alpha Group; Capt Donaldo Mendoza - Head, FSIS, CAAP; Capt Ulysses Reambillo - Head of Training, Alpha Aviation Group, Philippines
    CLARK FREEPORT — A leading provider of aviation training solutions for the global airline industry acquired new aviation simulator, adding to its multi-million-dollar investments in its facilities inside this Freeport. Alpha Aviation Group Philippines (AAG) has recently acquired state of the art Airbus A320 Fixed Based Simulator from simulator manufacturer Multi Pilot Simulation. The multi-million dollar MPS advanced A320 Fixed Based Simulator, the first to be operated in SEA, simulates all the functions found on-board a real A320 aircraft, and will offer leading regional airlines an alternative solution to existing training infrastructure.

    MPS Chief Exec. Officer and founder Dick Verburg said: “We are extremely happy to partner with AAG. MPS believes it would be able to contribute to Alpha Aviation’s efforts to train new pilots to the highest quality level. This cost effective yet high quality device from MPS ensures the highest levels of training and is an important step in the development of MPS activities in Asia.” The firm has poured additional $12 million for the new training facility. The A320 has become the aircraft of choice for many regional airline firms, including AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. The A320 simulator, which will be fully operational and in use from November onwards, will serve as an invaluable training tool for AAG’s 240 cadets and airline partners.

    According to AAG Human Resource and Admin. Manager Rufina Santos, the acquisition of the simulator was an offshoot growth within the south-east Asian airline industry, with growing demand for commercial pilots in many countries. Santos said many of the graduates of training school were from other Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Aviation facility has been operating in Clark since 2005. AAG’s Regional Director Cristopher Magdangal added that “the acquisition of a new MPS Fixed Based Devise is a manifestation of AAG’s firm commitment to deliver quality training to its customers.” Santos said that Clark Development Corporation Officer in Charge Noel F. Manankil was among the invited guests during the inaugural of the simulator facility on Nov. 3.

    Industry players have been investing in the region for the past couple of years with the most recent opening of the Airbus Training Center in Singapore. It was also learned that the trend in the airline industry has been to choose established and experienced players and Alpha Aviation Group is well positioned to assist the regional airlines in their aggressive expansion plans. The latest investment is a commitment from AAG to continue supporting the regional airline industry.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — True to its commitment to contribute towards environment care inside this Freeport, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set celebrate environment month with its annual recycling event on November 7 this year. The event will be the 15th Annual Recyclables Collection Event (RCE) being conducted by the CDC in cooperation with the accredited waste collectors on recyclable and hazardous waste materials. CDC Environment Permit Department Manager Rogelio Magat said participants during the collection of hazardous wastes are Dolamatric Phils. Inc. (DPI), Inkline Trading, Oriental & Motolite Marketing Corporation (OMMC), Positive A Envirotech Specialist (PAES), and Semirecycling Co. Inc. (SCI).

    The event is in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau Region III (DENR-EMB-III) which aims to promote proper waste management through recycling or recovery of recyclable materials. Last year, the recycling event here yielded a total amount of P541, 388.50 in waste materials from various locators inside this Freeport. CDC is also helping create better awareness among various small and medium-sized establishments and residents in Clark on proper handling of hazardous waste management. A program through treatment and disposal as common hazardous wastes like busted lamps, waste oil, used lead-acid batteries (ULAB), and empty ink cartridges and toners has been implemented.

    According to Magat, if not properly disposed, a small amount of mercury content of a broken fluorescent lamp could contaminate the environment which can be as big as an Olympic-size swimming pool. Under existing laws, only appliances with lead and mercury contents and residues such as TV and computer monitors with cathode ray tubes have been considered hazardous. The event will be held at the parking lot of CDC Bldg. 2127 along Ninoy Aquino Street here.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — One of the biggest semiconductor firm is set to construct its expansion project, pouring an additional investments of $170 million inside this Freeport, Clark Development learned. The publicly listed Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) has recently informed the state-owned, thru its Officer in Charge Noel F. Manankil, recently signed project management agreement for the construction of its Phase 2 semiconductor assembly facilities. The Korean firm has reportedly invests more than $1 billion since its operations in Clark, with Samsung as one of their biggest clients.

    The firm, according to report submitted to CDC, is expected to employ more than 1,500 once fully operational. At present, the Korean firm is employing 1,573. The PSPC statement added that it tapped the services of D. A. Silvestre & Associates (DASA), an architectural and engineering consulting firm, to construct the expansion project of the Korean firm. The agreement was signed by PSPC President and Chief Executive Officer Byeongchun Lee and Arch. Jose Danilo Silvestre, head of DASA, the report stated.

    PSPC’s Board of Directors had earlier granted authority to Lee to sign and approve all contracts and acts for the construction of the Phase two project. The ground breaking of the expansion of the project is expected next year before the start of rainy season. According to the reports received by Manankil , the project consists of a new process building to house about 40,000 sq. meters of production floor space for semiconductor assembly and test facilities for PSPC’s future customers. The authority paves the way for the official start of the implementation of the second manufacturing facility of PSPC in Clark.

    Under the terms of the contract, DASA will undertake pre-construction activities, including the review of architectural and engineering designs and plans to ensure compliance with pertinent laws, rules, and regulations; to file and obtain the required building and occupancy permits; and to assist in the supervision of the construction of the Phase two project. DASA was also responsible in the project management and provided support services for PSPC’s Phase one of the facility in 2010. Bidding for the award of the general construction contract and the supply of other related engineering and construction services is currently ongoing, the report said. For his part, Manankil said that these unique benefits given by TRS to its employees encourage higher retention rates and a more thriving workplace. The OIC also expressed interest to benchmark with TRS in terms of employee benefits.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — “Happy workers are more productive workers,” Thus said Noel F. Manankil, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer-In-Charge after learning about some impactful employee welfare and benefit package given by TRS Philippines Corporation (TRS) to their workers. Manankil and TRS General Manager Girlie Jane Santos together with some CDC and TRS officials had a short discussion after the signing of the 25-year Lease Agreement recently. The company will invest an additional P211 million on its expansion project inside the Freeport.

    TRS manufactures surgical non-sterile and surgical guide wires used for advanced surgical procedures. The company acquired an additional 4,355 square meter property in Clark for their expansion. “The typical benefits we provide are the rice subsidy of course and on top of that, we also provide our people with three types of fruits depending on the season and it also comes with one piece of a probiotics drink (Yakult),” said Santos. “These (benefits) are just the basics,” Santos said. Additionally, TRS provides some small perks like health supplements and monthly “treat” for employees during “bonding” time with them.

    “For street food day, typically there are fish balls, squid balls and then we eat together with our people and we do it every second week of the month. We patronize also yung ating kasama nating locator dito sa loob, yung local ice cream,” Santos said. “We already announced it to the people that in 2017, definitely every month, all of our employees, regardless of status, (whether) regular or non regular, 30 pieces, good for one month consumption of vitamin C,” she added. Santos who is also a Japanese interpreter for TRS said that there has been a tremendous increase in their production. “Because of that (employer-employee engagement) business is getting better and better, especially now that we have signed a contract with CDC for our expansion project,” Santos said.

    “Well, for our company, it’s doing a great job, actually for the past two years. When I took over the company, it was only shipping 4,000 pieces (guide wires) per week, now we are shipping 22,000 to 26,000 pieces per week,” Santos said. “Our yield target or the over all yield of the company is at 98-99%, so halos wala kaming lost, so probably because of quality system and because of the engagement of the people from top to bottom, talagang working closely to ensure na talagang walang lost,” Santos said. For his part, Manankil said that these unique benefits given by TRS to its employees encourage higher retention rates and a more thriving workplace. The OIC also expressed interest to benchmark with TRS in terms of employee benefits.

    With people feeling valued knowing that their employers care about their well being, Santos believes that workers become partners for the company’s progress. “So we make sure na ano ba yung gustong ma-achieve ng company. The message is that you are not just an employee and we are not only an employer but we are partners, we have to work as a partner to to achieve this,” Santos said. “So nakikita nila, nararamdaman nila, na hindi ito yung sugar coated lang na sinasabi namin sa inyo. We started with honesty and authenticity in our relationship and we prefer to continue it that way,” she added.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    TRS Phils. Corporation Chairman Teruo Hashimoto (right photo, wearing oversize sunglasses) and General Manager Girlie Jane Santos (center wearing a crown) join the employees during the company's Barbeque Party.
    CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation extends its congratulations to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) after bagging one of the major categories in the recently concluded Asia CEO Awards. The CDC, through its officer in charge Noel F. Manankil, congratulated SBMA officers for the Executive Leadership Team of the Year category. SBMA was cited for its which "record highs the agency hit, in terms of revenues, profits, investments secured, and jobs generated." The award was received by its administrator Robert Garcia. SBMA is the implementing arm of Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.

    Last year, the CDC was conferred with the same prestigious Award, besting private companies like Concepcion Industrial Corp., Hedcor Inc., Integrated Micro Electronics, Inc., Magsaysay Maritime Corp., Megaworld Corporation., Pag-Ibig Fund, Philex Mining Corporation, Pointwest Technologies and Security Bank Corporation. Then CDC president Arthur P. Tugade, who led the government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) from Dec. 2012 to March 2016, was also a Finalist in the Global Filipino Executive of the Year category. CDC also learned that the award was a toss-up among SBMA, Australia-based Acquire BPO, aircon-maker Concepcion Industrial Corp., Ayala-run Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI), and logistics provider LBC Express. "This award shows that government agencies can deliver a world-class level of service that can compete among the best companies in the Philippines," SBMA Administrator Roberto Garcia said during his acceptance speech.

    Like SBMA, Manankil said that CDC continues to strive for management excellence while serving their mandates to generate jobs and investments. The Clark Freeport now has 860 locators and workforce of close to 90,000. CDC also congratulated GSIS who won in the Service Excellence Company of the Year category. The government-run pension fund firm was cited for its significant improvements on its customer service from 2015 to 2016. Manankil said that the government institutions who won this year’s awards are an inspiration to CDC.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — CLARK FREEPORT— Clark Development Corporation has reiterated calls to the motoring public to observe traffic rules, including speed limits on the Freeport's road network. This, as the Traffic Section of CDC’s Public Safety Department has started to deploy newly acquired speed guns to monitor overspeeding and help curb vehicular accidents, notably along Manual A. Roxas Highway (former Mitchell Highway), the state-owned firm said. Speed guns are now being used by PSD personnel to apprehend violators in key roads inside Clark Freeport.

    PSD Traffic Chief Jesus Marquez said that CDC is beefing up its enforcement of traffic rules and regulations inside Clark. It is also imposing penalties and fines as prescribed by the Land Transportation Office. Marquez said that it is enforcing speed limits of 60-kilometer per hour (KPH) on main roads and 30 to 40 KPH in other areas.

    He added that CDC has mounted speed limit signage are located in many strategic areas, not only along MA Roxas Highway, but also in the arterial road networks for the information of motorists in Clark. CDC has also installed more closed-circuit television camera (CCTV camera) on major intersections here for the PSD’s Central Command to monitor the movement of vehicular traffic and for security of the Freeport.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) commended the efforts of the state-run firm for helping facilitate lower rates of fares on public utility jeepneys (PUJ) in this Freeport. During the 3rd quarter general membership meeting, CILA President Joselito P. Go said minimum fare in Clark is cheaper compared to the regular jeepney fare plying outside the Freeport. “For the first four kilometers, the minimum fare is P6.50 compared to P7.00 outside (Clark) as additional of P1.00 is charged for succeeding kilometers compared to P1.50 outside (of Clark), we can see a big difference and the jeepney fare in Clark is cheaper,” Go said.

    According to Go, the cheaper PUJ fare in Clark was approved by CDC, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and transport groups in Clark themselves. Go also cited the government’s efforts to make public transportation here more viable and efficient. He furthered that CDC and CILA are also looking into the possibility of starting public transportation on a 24-hour basis. “The good thing is even the Clark transport are very open on how to really make life here in Clark easier and convenient for everyone,” Go said.

    The state-run firm is finding better ways to provide safe and reliable transportation services to thousands of workers in Clark, Go said. The “good relationship” between the government and the investors in Clark was also cited by the top officer of the locator groups in Clark. “By the time that I joined CILA, I really had a very good relationship with the management of CDC and they are open in terms of the concerns coming from the locators, because at the end of the day, CDC and CILA really want to come up with what would really be the best for the locators and the investors here in Clark,” Go added. Clark is home to highly skilled workforce. At present, the Freeport has about 87,756 employees.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — One of the country’s progressive legislators cited the displays at the Clark Museum, revisiting the depiction of struggles and triumphs in the conversion of this former US military airbase into a leading employment center of the region. In her visit here Saturday, Senator Risa Hontiveros cited the Clark Museum for its displays of what she calls as “nationalistic elements” at the four galleries of the facility. “It is good to note the many displays that have nationalistic elements at the museum,” she said as she toured the two-storey museum.

    She gave particular attention on the display that presents the historic 12-11 voting by the Philippine Senate in 1991 that rejected the RP-US Bases Treaty. The Treaty would have prolonged the stay of American troops in many military bases, including the former Clark Air Base. "The lady senator, chairman of Anakbayan, also asked if the rejection of the continued stay of American troops 25 years ago whether served as boon or bane to the local communities." For his part, Noel F. Manankil, officer-in-charge of Clark Development Corporation, said that there are now about 90,000 employees inside the Freeport here. He said that the former Clark Air Base had only about 20 to 30,000 direct and indirect employees.

    Manankil thanked the Senator for taking the time out to visit Clark despite her busy schedule. She was to speak before Rotary Club of Angeles Kuliat in Angeles City after visiting the museum on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Among the displays at the Clark Museum are various plans, programs, documents that present the government conversion programs for Clark, including books, reading materials that called for productive civilian use of the former airbase that were published prior to the rejection of the proposed treaty. Among them is “Kumbersyon”, a publication that presents alternative uses of former US military facilities in the Philippines. Also on display are publications authored by by UP Professor Roland Simbulan including “The Bases of our Insecurity”


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    Clark Development Corporation Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil shows the Freeport’s Master Development Plan to Senator Risa Hontiveros who visited the Clark Museum and 4D Theater over the weekend.
    Clark Development Corporation Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil welcomes Senator Risa Hontiveros and a delegation from the Rotary Club of Angeles Kuliat at the 4D theater in Clark Freeport Zone.
    CLARK FREEPORT — One of the locators inside this Freeport was recently featured in one of the leading publications in the United Kingdom, citing the Filipino craftsmanship in restoring vintage cars. The Telegraph publication based in UK has featured Byrnes Motor Trust (BMT) which restores vintage cars from other countries. The Telegraph was founded by Lt. Colonel Arthur Sleigh on June 29, 1855 and edited by Alfred Richards, the newspaper was a four-page broadsheet and cost two pence until it became one of the famous publications in UK today.

    At present, The Telegraph has its own website and television network all based in UK. The story, written by Paul Hudson and published on October 4, was about the restoration of vintage or classic cars in Clark where cars are mostly European made. “Where in the world can you find more than 200 people working in one classic car restoration complex – with vast hangar-like halls for bodywork, for Jaguar, for Rolls-Royce and Mercedes, for future projects and more?”

    “Surprisingly, the answer is not the United States, UK, Australia or anywhere in Europe – it’s the Philippines, on the former US airbase that is now Clark Freeport Zone,” the newspaper said. BMT owner Jim Byrnes established his firm in 2010 with 35 cars to restore but grew to 400 in the next two years, The Telegraph said. Byrnes told The Telegraph that “seven to 10 years ago it was not economically viable to restore most E-types, due to the cost of the parts and the small matter of 3,000 hours of work.”

    With labour rates of up to £100 per hour in the UK and most of Europe, and not much less in the US, five years ago a car bought for £25,000 would cost about £225,000 to restore, he says – but it would only sell for £125,000. “(But) with Clark (being) a tax-free zone, so I can import cars, restore and (re)export them without paying taxes – I only pay tax on profit made restoring them. The economy and tax advantages in the Philippines allow me to turn commercially unviable projects into very profitable ones,” he told The Telegraph. Byrnes also decided to locate in Clark because workers are skilled and dedicated, “but labor rates are a fraction of those in the world’s main centres of classic car enthusiasm,” said Byrnes in the newspaper.

    Byrnes also told the newspaper that “the (Filipino) workers have a real passion and attention to detail. There’s a worldwide shortage of good metalworkers and the locals are incredible. We’ve got 45 female workers, too, from mechanics to metalworkers.” “In the US, many restorers compromise restorations because of labour costs – that’s not an issue here (referring to Clark). Of course, we have to do a fair amount of training to hone their skills – all are self-taught or have learnt from their fathers or relatives,” he added. Englishman Michael Harrison said: “I’ve been at BMT for 21 months and love it. I started out running body prep, now I’m special projects manager. To put out a quality product takes a lot of background effort.”

    Paint shop manager Carl Holland brought almost 30 years’ experience from the UK, where he worked on custom cars as well as conventional paintwork. “I’ve been here a year. It’s different, fast. It’s great that they give women the chance to work here (in Clark), too; they have real attention to detail,” Holland said in the newspaper and giving credit to the Filipino women skills in painting works.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911



    Some of the car restoration works being done at the motor shop of Byrnes Motor Trust located in Clark. Filipino craftmanship was among the reasons why the Australian firm owned by Jim Byrnes poured his investments inside the Freeport.
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (2nd from L) exchanges pleasantries with out-going Pres. of Nanox Phils. Inc., Katsushige Nakai (2nd from R) and his successor Misao Shimizu during a courtesy call at CDC Office of the President. Also with Manankil are CDC AVP's (from L-R) Atty. Noelle Mina D. Meneses; Rodem R. Perez and Thelma C. Ocampo.
    CLARK FREEPORT — Locators here will now start using ’green biodegradable garbage bags’ in disposing their wastes in support of program that bans the use of plastic bags inside this Freeport. In his letter, Clark Investors and Locator Association President Josh Go said the use of environment friendly materials and containers forms part of CILA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

    “We will be introducing the CILA green biodegradable garbage bags effective immediately after disposing all the remaining inventory of black and clear garbage bags,” Go’s stated in the letter given to CILA members last week. In the same letter, Go called on CILA members to "support and be engaged in fighting climate change to provide a greener and healthier environment for the next generations.’’ For his part, CDC Officer In Charge expressed thanks to locators for supporting the environment program of the state-run firm.

    He said that the CILA members play important role in implementing programs and projects that are geared at preserving and helping save the environment. Early this year, CDC issued a memorandum to all employees, locators and residents of the Freeport on the implementation of program that bans plastics and polystyrene here. Environment Permits Department Manager Rogelio Magat of CDC said the guidelines prohibiting, regulating and prescribing certain usage of plastics and Styrofoam (polystyrene) was implemented last April 22.

    “CDC promotes biodegradable plastics and environment-friendly alternatives to plastics and polystyrene such as corn-based, fiber, pulp, biodegradable polystyrene, reusable food containers, and other similar materials,” Magat said. Based on the CDC circular, plastic bags commonly known as "sando bags" may only be used as primary packaging material only for wet goods. The use of plastic bag shall be optimized based on the size and volume of wet goods.

    All concerned stakeholders are enjoined to use eco bags or reusable bags whenever applicable and the general public shall bring appropriate bags or containers when going for a shopping and to the market, the circular stated. Biodegradable plastics and polystyrene may only be allowed with a certification from the manufacturer of the said materials and that sample product must be submitted to CDC-EPD for approval prior to its use. CDC highly recommends the use of alternative packing materials such as used papers, old newspapers and banana leaves, Magat said in his previous circular.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) welcomes the staging of Pinas Cup 2016 inside this Freeport as more than 7,000 football enthusiasts are expected to attend the event, including five international teams. Set on October 28 to 30, 2016 for its 5th staging, the biggest football tournament in the country is expected to bring in over 100 teams, including youth groups from Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, and the Philippines.

    The organizers of the event informed CDC Officer-in-Charge Noel F. Manankil that 2,500 players, and 5,000 parents, spectators and fans will be coming over to play, cheer and enjoy the festivities during the four-day football tournament in Clark. Manankil said Clark has become a sports-tourism destination because of the growing number of events being held in Clark almost every month.

    The Pinas Cup is an International Invitational Youth Football Tournament held in the Philippines and organized by the Manila Soccer Academy in cooperation with the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), as an officially sanctioned tournament. The CDC Tourism and Promotions Department, headed by Noemi Garcia, is now coordinating with the organizers of the event to ensure the success of the football tournament in Clark.

    Being an International Youth Tournament, the PINAS CUP is meant to bring together excellent youth football teams not only from the three major islands but also teams from any corner of the globe that are willing to both compete and foster youth camaraderie in our friendly shores, the website (http://www.pilipinascup.com) stated.

    Doing away with local or regional qualifying rounds, the Pinas Cup simply invites and attracts many of the best clubs or teams, those with serious interest in pitting their brand of football against the many other proud clubs that wish to claim this CUP, the organizers of the event said. “While espousing to be a quality tournament that raises the level of play of our youth with excellent pitches, high quality games, selected local teams, invited international teams, and a competitive tournament format, the Pinas Cup is a festival of football for our young players and families alike,” the website added.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911

    BENEFIT FOOTBALL. Fr. Marciano 'Rocky' Evangelista (2nd R) is joined by Angeles City Vice Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno (2nd L); CDC Vice President for Finance Zaido Paras (1st L); Luenthai Director for Government and Community Relations, Chit Manlapaz (center); and Col. Roy Auro, Pampanga Football Association during the 2nd Luenthai Cup held at the Clark Parade Grounds over the weekend. Fr. Evangelista's Tuloy Bahay Bata Foundation is the beneficiary of this year's football tournament. Inset photos are Aeta children-players who play for one of the teams that participated during the event. About 120 teams from various provinces, including teams from National Capital Region, and two international schools in Manila joined the football for a cause spearheaded by Clark's biggest apparel firm.
    CLARK FREEPORT — Clark Development Corporation recently welcomed visiting sovereign analysts from Malaysian credit rating firm RAM Ratings Service Berhad, who went to Clark as part of RAM’s annual review of the credit profile of the Philippines.

    The foreign analysts’ visit to Clark, which was arranged by the Investor Relations Office of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (IRO-BSP), was meant to help RAM better understand the investment climate in the Philippines through a peek at business activities in Clark. Established in 1990, RAM is a leading credit rating firm in Southeast Asia, providing crucial and independent credit opinions sought after by portfolio investors, fund managers, and other financial industry players in and out of the region for their investment decisions. The visit to Clark highlighted the vibrant economic activities outside Metro Manila, which is consistent with the aim of the Duterte administration to make the country’s economic growth geographically broad-based. The RAM analysts who visited Clark were Esther Lai, head of Sovereign Ratings; and Lynette Lee, Analyst of Sovereign Ratings.

    They were accompanied by Editha Martin, executive director of the IRO-BSP; and Rica Amador, Bank Officer V of the IRO-BSP. The visitors were met by CDC Officer-in-Charge Noel F. Manankil and representatives from several Clark locators belonging to the manufacturing and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries.

    Manankil and the locators’ representatives shared with the RAM analysts their positive outlook on the economic climate in Clark and in the Philippines. The locators’ representatives also shared their favorable experiences in doing business in Clark and in the country. Their inputs are seen to help in RAM’s assessment of the Philippines’ credit profile.

    RAM currently assigns the Philippines a global credit rating of gBBB3/stable and a regional rating of seaA2/positive. Both ratings are within the investment grade scale. These ratings may or may not change, depending on the results of the review by RAM of the Philippines’ latest credit profile. “RAM analysts noted that they were very impressed with the country’s exceptional economic performance, reflecting its resilient consumption and buoyant investment growth, improvements in governance standards, sustained external strengths, and reduced debt burden,” IRO-BSP said in a letter to CDC, explaining the rationale behind the existing investment-grade credit ratings assigned by RAM to the Philippines. The initiative of IRO-BSP to arrange the visit of RAM analysts to Clark was part of the former’s proactive investor relations strategy.

    The IRO-BSP, established in 2001, is mandated to undertake a wide range of activities that promote awareness among domestic and international audiences of the Philippine economy, particularly the government’s economic reform programs, macroeconomic developments, and investment opportunities. The IRO-BSP has expressed its appreciation to the strong support constantly extended by CDC to the country’s investor relations activities. Support from other government entities to such activities, the IRO-BSP said, helps improve awareness of the strengths of the Philippine economy and, therefore, helps boost overall investor confidence.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    Clark Development Corporation Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (4th, L) and Balibago Water Works President Cristino L. Panlilio (5th, L) join the blessing of BDO Clark Philexcel Business Park inside the Freeport Zone last Sept. 15, 2016. Also in photo are some CDC and BDO officials.
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (right) Maureen B. Cuaresma (center) branch manager of BDO Clark Philexcel and Cristino L. Panlilio (left), president Balibago Water Works lead the ribbon cutting ceremonies after the blessing of the said bank inside the Freeport Zone.
    CLARK FREEPORT—Some 120 teams from five provinces, including teams from the National Capital Region and two international schools, are expected to participate in the 2nd Luenthai Cup (Football for a Cause) to be held on September 24 and 25, 2016 at the Clark Parade Grounds here. Chit Manlapaz, chief of staff of Luenthai Clark, said the teams that will compete in the football event -- fundraiser for Tuloy sa Bahay Bata Foundation-- will come from the provinces of Manila, Bataan, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite and international teams from Manila British School and Singaporean Football Club.

    Proceeds of the event will be given to the Tuloy Bahay Bata Foundation, a home for street children started by Kapampangan priest Fr. Marciano 'Rocky' Evangelista. Manlapaz said the increase in the number of participanting teams could be attributed to the 2016 Summer Football Program of the Luenthai International Philippines, Inc. (L&T Phils) recently held here. The free football program has been running for about three years now and about 130 plus children have benefited in this so-called “School of Life” where children are not only thought of the ‘how to play’ the sports but also the discipline and various life lessons which can help in developing a person’s character.

    Manlapaz said the children who participated in the free football training during the 2016 summer were children of L&T employees, children of Air Force personnel here, street children from Tuloy Foundation, and Aeta kids during the month-long training event of the apparel firm. The culminating event was held last May 28 with friendly exhibition games participated by teams from Tuloy Foundation Inc., Basa Air Base Football Club, Porac Futboleros Football Club, Gentry Korean/International School, Magalang Football Club, San Fernando Football Club, Angeles Football Club, Pamiyabe Football Club and Raven Football Club. Manlapaz said some the teams that played during the summer training will also compete on Sept. 24 and 25.

    For his part, Clark Development Corporation Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil welcomes the holding of the football event in Clark as it it promotes the Freeport as a sports-tourism destination while espousing community outreach. Manankil noted the outreach program of the Clark firm, underscoring the importance of corporate social responsibility programs of Luenthai and other companies inside Clark. Chelsea Hong Kong coaches will come to coach the Tuloy Bahay Bata Street children during the competitions. Recently, former President Aquino conferred a prestigious award to Willie Tan, Chairman of Luenthai Philippines, the Grand Cross of the Order of Lakandula held in Malacanang Palace.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT – In its desire to give back to the community, the Manila Water Foundation (MWF) in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) had recently distributed pails, dippers and slippers to a community of Aetas in Barangay Calumpang here. The outreach is part of the culminating activity for Manila Water’s 19th Anniversary and is aligned with the anniversary theme “Balde-Timba-Tabo” and 500 “tsinelas” (slippers) for the Indigenous People in Sitio Monicayo.

    Manila Water Operations Chief Operating Officer Ferds Dela Cruz and CDC Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil and volunteers distributed the donations to the said community. Of the donations, 88.4% came from employee pledges through salary donation while 11.6% came from cash/check donations. The state-run firm supports projects that uplift the standard of living of the Indigenous People in the Freeport contiguous area.

    In May this year, more than 500 Aeta residents of Sitio Monicayo were given access to clean and potable water through the partnership of Clark Water Corporation, MWF, CDC and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. Through Ahon Pinoy, one of Manila Water Foundation’s flagship programs under water supply and sanitation, the residents of Sitio Monicayo, were entrusted to take charge of the operation and maintenance of the P3.5M deepwell facility. If proven viable, the community can also convert the facility into a source of livelihood which is expected to further uplift their quality of life. The Sitio Monicayo Ahon Pinoy Project is the first of its kind in the whole of North Luzon.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    Manila Water Operations Chief Operating Officer Ferdinand Dela Cruz (4th from L) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) AVP for External Affairs Rommel C. Narciso (6th from L) lead the distribution of a set of dipper, tub, pale and slippers in a simple turn-over ceremony held at Sitio Monicayo in Barangay Calumpang. Tribal Leader Angel Sison (5th from L) receives the donations. With them are CDC VP-Business Development and Business Enhancement Group Evangeline G. Tejada (4th from R); CDC VP-Legal Affairs Atty. Perlita M. Sagmit; (5th from R); Carla B. Kim, Director, Manila Water Foundation and other officers of MWF and Clark Water.
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer In Charge Noel F. Manankil (6th, L) welcomes the participants of Color Manila Challenge 2016 Pampanga (Clark Leg) held at the Parade Grounds Sunday early morning (September 11). With him is Noemi B. Garcia (7th, L), manager, CDC-Tourism and Promotions Division and other CDC employees.
    Color Manila Challenge 2016 Pampanga (Clark Leg) wows participants during the "color fun run" held at the Parade Grounds Sunday early morning (September 11).
    CLARK FREEPORT— Environment advocates has recently submitted to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) a study on the proposed infrastructure development to assist the state-run firm to plan and design future infrastructure development inside this premiere investment destination in Central Luzon. Kabang Kalikasan Ng Pilipinas Foundation Inc. (KKPFI) has turned over recently ‘maps and e-files’ to CDC which will serve as a planning tool of the corporate planners and designers of CDC on future infrastructure development inside the zone. The study was a commitment of Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) for CDC at no cost to the government.

    Last December 2015, CDC entered into an agreement with KKPFI-- also known as the World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines (WWF-Philippines)--for the development of “All-Weather Urban Corridor Project.” The project is funded by YGC. The project is a map comprising of road networks with good drainage systems installed and are passable to vehicles despite the presence of water, with low impact to affect the transportation of goods, services and people. KKPFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization engaged in the conservation and preservation of the environment in selected areas of the Philippines by helping communities adapt to climate change, switch to clean renewable sources of energy and infuse sustainability into the lives and businesses of Filipinos.

    Clark has been selected by WWF-Philippines because of its strategic location and elevation of the area above sea-level which is unlikely to be affected by climate change, especially during heavy downpour. CDC and KKPFI have agreed to work together as partners to spread awareness on the urgency of the climate change crisis, its adverse impacts, and provide crucial solutions to address the crisis. The Foundation conducted transport access mapping study looking into the connection of Clark vis-à-vis City of Angeles. Aside from thorough in-situ data gathering, verification and processing; the project study includes an assessment of “Road Vulnerability” which refers to the inability of the road network to withstand the effects of extreme weather conditions such as the accessibility and serviceability of the road.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (L) inspects the map turned over by the Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation Inc. (KKP) headed by Jose Angelito M. Palma (2nd, L). Maps and e-files are output of a study on the proposed infrastructure development to assist the state-run firm to plan and design future infrastructure development inside this premiere investment destination in Central Luzon. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (6th, L) and the Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation Inc. (KKP) headed by Jose Angelito M. Palma (5th, R) show a map Towards an All Weather Urban Corridor for Clark Freeport. Maps and e-files are output of a study on the proposed infrastructure development to assist the state-run firm to plan and design future infrastructure development inside this premiere investment destination in Central Luzon. With them are some CDC and KKP officials. (Photo by CDC-CD)
    CLARK FREEPORT— A Japanese manufacturer of surgical non-sterile and surgical guide wires used for advanced surgical procedures will invest an additional P211 million on its expansion program here. In the lease agreement signed by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and TRS Philippines Corporation (TRS), the Japanese firm will acquire an additional 4,355 square meter property here in the next 25-year.

    The agreement was signed on September 2 by CDC Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil and TRS Philippines Chairman Teruo Hashimoto here. TRS Corp. Phils. General Manager Girlie Jane Santos said TRS is manufacturing surgical guide wires mostly used for angioplasty, angiogram, endoscopy and other similar medical fields are being exported to biggest and best known medical companies in Japan, Singapore, Germany, China, U.S., Brazil and India. TRS has been a registered locator in Clark since 2006 with 116 employees accumulated for the last 10 years. With the expansion, the firm is expected to hire an additional 80 employees within one year of operation in the expansion area.

    According to Santos, the company offers unique benefits to workers, who are mostly females. They are provided by the company with rice subsidy, fruits, milk supplement, vitamin C, meal and transportation allowances, among others. Aside from surgical non-sterile and surgical guide wires, the company also manufactures disposable surgery suite, medical accessories for medical equipment and apparatus and other related goods of a similar nature for export. The expansion project will soon rise at C.M. Recto Highway here. Also present during the LA signing were CDC Vice-President for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group Eva G. Tejada and Santos, who is also the firm’s Japanese interpreter.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    Clark Development Corporation Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (2nd, R) and TRS Philippines Chairman Teruo Hashimoto (L, seated) sign the Lease Agreement for an expansion project of a Japanese manufacturing company of surgical non-sterile and surgical guide wires used for advanced surgical procedures. With them are CDC Vice-President for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group Eva G. Tejada and TRS Corp. Phils. General Manager Girlie Jane Santos who is also the firm’s Japanese interpreter.
    Clark Development Corporation Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil (center) and TRS Philippines Chairman Teruo Hashimoto (2nd, L) show the copy of signed Lease Agreement for the establishment of a P211 million expansion project inside this Freeport Zone. With them are CDC Vice-President for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group Eva G. Tejada and TRS Corp. Phils. General Manager Girlie Jane Santos who is also the firm’s Japanese interpreter.
    CLARK FREEPORT— The Clark Development Corporation welcomes the recent tie up of a software firm with a university in Angeles City and US non-government organization that will collaborate on the design of graduate course on Data Science. CDC Officer-in-Charge Noel F. Manankil said the course on data science will help on the improvement of software development in the Philippines, especially in this Freeport. FilAm Software Technology, Inc. (FilAm) is leading provider of outsourced software based in Clark with customers from the US and Europe. It has been operating here for nine years with 70 employees and it expected to expand employment opportunities.

    The Data Science Graduate Program will be offered at the Angeles University Foundation through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), a USAID-funded Science and Technology, Research and Innovation Development (STRIDE) Project based in North Carolina, and the FilAm Software. Michael Shane, president of FilAm Software, said graduates of the master’s degree can be employed in his software firm—a leading provider of outsourced software and database development, quality assurance testing and consulting services. It has several offices based in US and Philippines that provide enterprise class software solutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

    The firm offers software development, cloud development, mobile development, database development and quality assurance which are commonly used in the development of technology. AUF President Joseph E.L. Angeles said Data Science is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing fields of the new millennium in the advent of technology here and abroad. AUF will start offering the course immediately once the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) concludes a curriculum review.

    Shane said during his interview at Clark in Action, Clark Development Corporation public affairs radio program aired over UFM 105.5 hosted by Eric Jimenez, that “Data Analytics and Data Science are among the areas the company is focusing on as the forefront of the efforts to develop this sunrise industry through academe, industry linkage and training of future data scientists under the AUF Graduate Program.” "We already have initial 10 students which were provided by our industry partners, and we have already some inquiries from the AUF communities and even outside. We're hoping that the enrollees will increase during the start of the program. We are targeting to launch it during the second trimester, upon the approval of CHED," Shane said. FilAm is committed to sponsor the first scholars to the graduate program. Interested applicants without the background in programming, statistics or similar competencies can still enroll by taking up bridge coursework in order to be prepared for the science and capstone project.


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    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    CLARK FREEPORT— The Clark Development Corporation announced that a new traffic scheme is expected to be implemented soon by its Public Safety Department (PSD) at the newly constructed Clark Alley near Clark Main Gate and SM City Clark. The CDC would like to inform the locators, commuters, private and public motorists on the enforcement of new traffic scheme following the completion of the new service road that is set to ‘soft open’ on next week.

    PSD personnel will be deployed to assist motorists and pedestrians during the opening of new Clark Alley. The new Clark Alley is a about 100-meter strip at the southern tip of the six-kilometer Clark Mabalacat Angeles Road (CMAR) which is expected to be completed on the first week of October 2016, Asst. Vice President Teresito Tiotuyco of the Technical Services and Construction Management Division of CDC said. The construction of new Clark Alley is also part of the recommendation of the University of the Philippine National Center for Traffic Studies (UPNCTS).

    The new Clark Alley road will be equipped with computerized signal light going to and fro of Clark Freeport, SM City Clark, and the cities of Mabalacat and Angeles, Tiotuyco said. He added that the access road, which is parallel to M.A. Roxas Highway in Clark to SM City will also be opened to out-bound private motorists and locator buses to avoid congestion at the new Clark alley. The CDC is also fast tracking the construction of Clark View Gate for private motorists.


    by:
    Noel G. Tulabut
    Manager, Communications Department-CDC
    (045) 599 6911
    The new Clark Alley is a about 100-meter strip at the southern tip of the six-kilometer Clark Mabalacat Angeles Road (CMAR) near Clark Main Gate and SM City Clark. (Photo by CDC-CD)