CM february 2008.pmd - Clark Development Corporation
Clark ready for int’l
An official of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said the
Clark Freeport is “physically”
ready as the Diosdado Macapagal
International Airport (DMIA) is
gearing to operate as the country’s
premiere gateway to the world.
CDC President Liberato P.
Laus made the announcement
shortly after President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo recently declared DMIA as the replacement of
the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Laus said the Clark Freeport is
“physically ready” in terms of infrastructure to accommodate vehicular and human traffic once the
DMIA is fully-operational as an
He noted the completion of the
P21-billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), which will soon
open this coming March. The expressway would then connect
Clark to contingent areas like
Subic’s seaport in Zambales province and the industrial areas of
“Travel time to Subic, which
usually takes 2 hours, will now be
cut down to just 30 minutes,” Laus
said, adding that nearby Tarlac
province will be closer by just 10
to 15 minutes.
Laus stressed that Clark officials have been bullish in the development of the Freeport’s infrastructure to meet Ms. Arroyo’s
grand vision to transform Clark into
an aviation and logistics hub in the
He added that within the first
quarter of 2008, construction work
for the Clark-South Interchange
(CSI) is set to start.
Earlier, Executive Vice President Isaac Puno III of the Bases
Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) reported before the
media and Clark officials that construction work on the CSI, which
would link the Clark Freeport and
nearby Angeles City and Mabalacat
town to the SCTEx “is set to start
early next year (2008).”
Puno said the construction
date was “based on the BCDA’s
revision and assessment of the
area,” which is near the Mabalacat
gate of Clark.
“We are set to start construction [of the Clark-South Interchange] by early next year as per
our assessment and revision of the
area’s geography,” said Puno, who
is also program manager for the
The CSI, which would cost the
government an initial P314 million,
is among the three interchanges
that would connect the province
of Pampanga to the 21-billion
The two other interchanges
would be built at the Hacienda
Dolores in Porac town and in
Floridablanca town. The Porac interchange would cost P260 million
while the Floridablanca interchange would cost P280 million.
Laus said the construction of
the CSI is expected to attract more
investors inside the Freeport as
Presidential infrastructure projects
will realize the government’s vision to
make Clark and Subic Bay Freeport
Zones as the premier logistics hubs
in the Asian pacific region.
Firemen from the Clark
Corp (CIAC) Fire
flames during a demonstration conducted
recently by the CIAC
Department (ESD). The
CIAC-ESD, that has a
Category 9 Rating for
crash fire and rescue
capabilities, will conduct
its second Airport FullScale Exercise next
month at the Diosdado
With the growing demand for aircraft maintenance technicians
worldwide, the Clark Polytechnic
said it is fit to supply the aviation
industry with a competent
Clark Polytechnic Executive
Director Jose Vladimir Sampang
noted that the aviation industry is
not only experiencing a shortage
of pilots but likewise, a huge need
in aircraft maintenance technicians.
He said Clark Polytechnic, a
subsidiary of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), is flooded
with applicants for its Aircraft
Maintenance Technician (AMT)
Currently, Sampang said they
have already received at least 136
applications apart from 120 students currently enrolled this year.
“We will be graduating our
first batch for our two-year course
on March this year,” Sampang said,
adding that the would-be graduates have signified their intentions
of pursuing the four-year AMT
course immediately after graduation.
Sampang said he has already
received calls from Malaysia who
has asked Clark Polytechnic to
train their students. But Sampang
stressed that he will first flood the
market with Filipino AMT graduates.
“The need for AMTs is increasing. And even the parents of
our AMT students have recognized this need. They are proud
that their sons and daughters have
jobs waiting for their children even
before they leave school,” Sampang said.
Sampang also revealed the
importance of the role played by
the Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) in the aviation industry saying “an airplane will not fly
unless the MRO says so.”
“MROs are run mostly by
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IBM cites Clark Freeport’s
Information Technology (IT)
giant IBM has cited Clark
Freeport’s edge in IT noting
that this former United States
military facility has become a
strategic location for its
IBM Philippines President
James Velasquez, in an
interview over Aksyon Central
Luzon Special Edition hosted
by Sonny Lopez, said Clark
has “become a strategic place
for IBM to focus its efforts
Velasquez said IBM is
eyeing Clark in line with their
ongoing GEO Expansion
programs, which taps top
regions outside Metro Manila
with IT opportunities.
“We are committed to
bring out our IT and Business
Solutions to Clark’s business
landscape, majority of which
are classified under Small and
Medium Enterprises (SMEs),”
Velasquez said the SME/
Mid-market is one of IBM’s
largest and fastest growing
market opportunities, adding
that “IBM recognizes the
businesses make, in innovation within their industries as
well as being the driving
economic engine for the
Corporation (CDC) President
Liberato Laus has, likewise,
cited IBM for bringing IT
solutions to locator and
investor firms based at Clark.
Laus, during IBM’s
product and services launching at the Holiday Inn Clark
dubbed “[email protected], Technology and Business Solutions for Clark Business
Leaders,” noted Clark’s
competitiveness in the
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
“We are ICT-prepared [in
Clark] as technology ad-
vances run at a fast pace,”
In April last year, the
Department of Trade and
industry (DTI) and the
Commission on Information
and Communications Technology (CICT) have given Clark a
9.23 score (10 being the
highest) in ICT readiness.
The DTI and CICT, Laus
said, have certified that Clark
has met most of the crucial
requisites of being an ideal
destination for ICT locators.
“Clark is positioning itself
as a viable outsourcing center
for ICT and ICT-enabled
services due to its strategic
location, highly-skilled and
trainable manpower pool, and
available investment areas
with adequate facilities,” Laus
Balloon fiesta good for local flight schools
The 12th Hot Air Balloon Festival that kicked off here last week
augurs well for the domestic aviation industry especially to
different flight school.
Community Extension Services Office Manager Fely Rondolo (left) hands over
one of the 35 street lights donated by the Clark Development Corporation to
the municipality of Bamban for the illumination of the Bamban Bridge . Representing Mayor Ding Anunciacion are Elmer Anunciacion (center) and Ramon
Sibal (right). Also in photo are Edna Dacanay and James Robin Castaneda.
Thus, said Phillip Jose
Panlilio, Clark Development Corp.
(CDC) executive vice president,
who told Clark Monitor that the
four-day event develops interest
among younger generation on
“This is one of the impacts
of the festival aside from boosting local tourism,” Panlilio said
after at least 19 hot air balloons
took off at the ADAC of the
Philippine Air Force here.
As the organizer of the fourday festival, the CDC has
answered the growing interest of
thousands of tourists to the
festival as noted in the increasing
number of spectators who flock
to the event. Panlilio said the
festival dubbed “a weekend of
anything that flies” is designed
to attract families.
“Hot air ballooning is just
one of the activities we have
slated this February,” he said.
Other activities include plane
and other aeronautical exhibits,
kite flying, radio controlled mini
helicopter flying, sky diving, and
paragliding. Local flight schools
also secured booths in the
festival area in order to promote
their curriculum, Panlilio added.
With regards to President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s
declaration of the nearby
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) as the
country’s premiere international
airport, Panlilio said Clark is
prepared in terms of infrastructure, adding that various road
projects like the P21-billion SubicClark-Tarlac Expressway are
ongoing. He added that the Clark
International Airport Corp.
(CIAC), which is a subsidiary of
the CDC, “is dedicated and ready
to meet the challenge.”
Macroasia, PAL to infuse
$50m in DMIA facility
Top Philippine Air Lines (PAL) officials led by Lucio Tan are banking on the viability of the Diosdado
Macapagal International Airport
(DMIA) as the next premier airport of the country preparing “to
face the challenges of the aviation
industry in the 21st century.”
This, after the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) inked a
Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) with Macroasia Corp. and
PAL for the development of a 30hectare area in the Clark civil aviation complex.
CIAC President Victor Jose
Luciano said “CIAC is fortunate to
have Macroasia Corp. in the Clark
civil aviation complex because we
know how its people passionately
pursue ‘efficiency, strategic focus
and character’ in its aviation-related
businesses which include aircraft
maintenance, repairs and overhaul,
charter flight services, airport
ground handling services and inflight catering services.”
“We know well that Macroasia
Corp. will play an important role in
the development of the DMIA into
a world-class international airport
and a megalogistics hub and services as it extend sterling services
in compliance with world standards,” said Luciano.
“This could be the start of our
long-standing partnership that may
eventually see the entry of the
country’s flag carrier – the Philippine Air Lines and its affiliates to
serve other long-haul airliners.
Macroasia Corp. President
and CEO Joseph Chua claimed that
the Ninoy Aquino International
Airport (NAIA) “is really saturated” and saw the need to locate
in the 2,500-hectare DMIA, which
is four times the size of NAIA. At
least $50 million will be initially infused on the development of a
ground handling and in-flight catering facilities, according to Chua.
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CIAC-MACROASIA SIGNING. Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano
(second from left) and Macroasia Corporation President and CEO Joseph T. Chua (second from right) sign a memorandum
of agreement (MOU) for the development of a 30-hectare area at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).
Witnessing the signing are CIAC Board Chairman Nestor Mangio (left) and Philippine Airlines President and COO Jaime
GMA to open Clark skies
To hasten its “phase in” as the
country’s premier international
gateway, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has agreed to issue an order calling for more liberalized air policies at the
Diosdado Macapagal International
Airport (DMIA) inside Clark
Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
“The President agreed there is
a need to come out with a new Executive Order that will allow the
entry of more international flights
at DMIA,” Alexander Cauguiran,
executive vice president of the
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), said.
“This will greatly help in further preparing the DMIA to take
on the important role as our
country’s premier gateway for international flights,” Cauguiran said.
On Tuesday, President Arroyo
issued a directive during the Cabinet meeting that the DMIA will be
developed and phased in to replace the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila as
the country main international airport.
Cauguiran said the President
approved in principle the proposed
EO 500-B that will amend the existing EO 500-A issued in August
2006. The latter order amended the
original EO 500 released in January
The EOs call for the expansion
of air services at the DMIA and the
Subic International Airport in Subic
Freeport Zone in Zambales.
“According to some sectors
of the aviation industry, EO 500 was
maybe too liberal. However, EO
500-A has proven to be too restrictive. This is why EO 500-B is intended to strike the balance between the two and ensure the
growth of international passenger
traffic at the DMIA,” Cauguiran
“Additional flights at DMIA
will be generated because even airlines not covered or designated
under existing Air Services Agreements with other countries will be
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CDC President Levy Laus, Laycia Marzan, and Purchasing Manager
Zoraida Camello getting savvy with socialite Tessa Prieto (right).
Thumbs up with former president Fidel V. Ramos. (From left) VPs
Franco Madlambayan, Noel Manankil, EVP Philip Jose Panlilio, AVP
Bernie Angeles, CIAC President Victor Jose Luciano, Director
Benigno Ricafort, and AVP Marizza Mandocdoc.
Up, up and away during the 12th hot air balloon fiesta. (l-r) VP
Noel Manankil, EVP Philip Jose Panlilio, Corporate Secretary Pearl
Sagmit, Asst. Manager Lancel Lagman, Asst. Manager Shower
Raagas, Treasury Manager Eva Gabor, and Purchasing Manager
(From left) Jho-an Banayag and Hillary Lagat of Kenya after the
1st Clark Marathon.
Chairman Rizalino Navarro (right) is all smiles with Fontana’s Tony
Biggs (with cap) after the invitational Chairman’s Cup held at the
Mimosa Golf and Country Club.
Civilians urged to take ‘active
part’ in drive vs illegal drugs
An official of the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has
called on the public “to take an active part “in helping government
lessen, if not, eradicate drug-related incidents in their respective
Assistant Secretary Rodolfo
Caisip, who is also deputy director
general for operations of PDEA,
sounded the call during an orientation program on Republic Act
(RA) 9165 and Department Order
(DO) 53-03 spearheaded by the
Clark Development Corporation
(CDC) on February 18 and 19.
“Drug abuse and other drug-
related problems that have beset
us is a social issue. This crisis does
not only lie in the hands of the police, PDEA, or the authorities. The
answer to this problem also involves
the active participation of everybody
– that includes civilians,” said Caisip,
who addressed CDC employees during the two-day orientation held at
the Clark Museum here.
According to CDC President
Liberato Laus, the orientation aims
to provide CDC employees “continuing education on the laws related to drug prevention in the
“This activity,” Laus added,
“will also be a venue to discuss
the salient features of the company
policies and programs for a drugfree workplace.”
Caisip stressed that civilians
can help drug enforcement agencies like PDEA, and the Philippine
National Police in the fight against
drug abuse by monitoring suspicious
activities and characters in their respective communities and reporting
these to the authorities.
He said the PDEA has devised
a rewards program where cash incentives will be given to anyone
who can provide accurate tips or
information that can lead to the ar-
rest of persons involved in drug
abuse or raid of establishments
used for the manufacture or storage of illegal drugs.
“For example, civilians can receive
a P1-million cash reward for information leading to a raid of a medium-sized
laboratory and a P1.5-million reward for a larger laboratory or warehouse,” Caisip said.
Caisip added that informants,
however, shall be required to fill-out
forms at the PDEA regional office.
He also assured civilian informants of their safety and that their identities will be kept under strict confidentiality.
in Philippine aviation services,
backed by four companies which
are among the aviation pillars in
our country: CIAC as the airport
operator and administrative provider, PAL as the commercial pillar, Macroasia and its subsidiaries, and Lufthansa Technik Philippines as base service providers.”
“Our collective efforts start
a giant step forward as we prepare to face the challenges of the
aviation industry in the 21st century,” said Chua.
“We will come out with a de-
velopment plan and sign a lease
agreement as soon as possible,”
Asked when PAL will start
flying out of DMIA, PAL President and COO Jaime Bautista said
“if all the support systems are
there we will start flying.” But
Bautista further noted that their
entry in Clark “will be done in
phases to complement the master plan of Clark (airport).”
But Luciano noted that the
main concern of PAL which is the
in-flight catering will be finished
by the 2nd quarter of this year.
“By the time the DMIA is
operational, the facilities of
Macroasia and its affiliates are
also operational,” said Bautista.
“Gagawin nating sabay ang development.”
Bautista has also said
DMIA will be a major hub in two
Luciano and Chua had inked
an MOU in the presence of PAL
President and COO Jaime Bautista, Lufthansa Technik Philippines President and CEO Bernhard Krueger-Sprenger, CIAC
Chairman Nestor Mangio and
other top PAL and CIAC officials.
ments on air safety and security
will be permitted to fly into Clark.
“Even under EO 500-B, commercial airlines wanting to fly into
Clark will still be evaluated by the
ATO and CAB,” Cauguiran said.
The ATO or the Air Transportation Office is tasked with ensuring the safety and security of air
travel in the country. The CAB or
the Civil Aeronautics Board, on the
other hand, is mandated to protect
the country’s national interests in
the aviation industry. Both agencies are under the Department of
Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
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“We envision Clark to be a
hub, fully equipped and complemented by the ingenuity
and skill of the Filipino workers, that considers as paramount the interest of the Philippines and its own aviation players (the local airlines and its service providers) in the world aviation market,” said Chua.
Chua said the MOU “embodies a framework for development
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aircraft maintenance technicians,”
With cheaper airfare due to the
presence of Low Cost Carriers
(LCCs), Sampang said airlines will
fly more planes complementing the
operations of MROs.
Sampang said most Filipino
AMTs are pursuing greener pastures abroad since salaries there are
twice the amount of that being paid
in the country.
“This is a serious problem but
we at Clark Polytechnic are addressing both,” Sampang said.
He said there is a “big demand” on manpower from Lufthansa
and Singapore Airlines, who are
“hoping to get AMTs from Clark
“That is why we are increasing our capabilities to address this
huge need,” Sampang said.
He said Clark Polytechnic has
forged a partnership with Feati University, which has a 40-year track
record in producing the country’s
“We have upgraded our books,
digitized our instructional materials,
and Feati will be bringing in more
machines for thorough hands-on
training,” Sampang said.
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allowed to fly into the Clark airport,” he said.
“And if these new air carriers
prove they are really capable of servicing international routes out of
Clark, they may be granted additional traffic rights not allowed at
NAIA or other airports in the country,” Cauguiran added.
The proposed EO 500-B, according to him, also provides for
institutional measures to ensure
that only commercial air carriers that
conform with the country’s require-
CDC holds photography workshop
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Public Relations Department (PRD) held Monday a
basic photography seminar-workshop at the Operations Technical
Services (OTS) building.
At least 40 participants from
various CDC departments attended
the seminar-workshop as preparation for the upcoming events to be
held inside the Clark Freeport.
In preparation for the staging
of the 12th Philippine International
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta from Febru-
ary 7 to 10 at the ADAC of the Philippine Air Force, the participants
of the photography seminar went
around Clark to take photographs
shortly after a brief lecture at the
The participants are also preparing for a photo contest spearheaded by renowned artist Ross
Capili. Capili’s photo contest also
aims to promote Clark as a tourism
destination for Central Luzon.
PRD Manager Angelo “Sonny”
Lopez, Jr. said the photography semi-
nar is only the first of a series of
lectures to be spearheaded by the
PRD to hone journalistic and reportorial skills of CDC employees.
Lopez added that the PRD will
hold lectures on advanced photography, graphics design, newspaper
design, and writing workshops in
news, editorial, and business correspondence.
The CDC has launched various tourism-related events which
are part of the Clarksiyahan.
Clarksiyahan, according to the
CDC Tourism and Promotions Office (TPO), will be highlighted by
the hot air balloon fiesta, among
Clarksiyahan will also feature
events like Boy Scout of the Philippines Silent Drill Parade, Chinese
New Year celebrations, 2nd North
Philippines Vistors Bureau Fun
Golf, concert featuring Bamboo,
Fashion Show Summer Wear, Motorcycle Drag Race, 1st CDC President’s Cup Circuit Race, and Hot
Body Bikini Open.
Aetas involved in Clark sub-zone dev’t
Some 3,000 Aetas have been actively involved in the massive ecotourism and agricultural development of ancestral domains in a large
portion of the 27,000-hectare Clark
sub-zone in Pampanga and Tarlac.
Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Liberato P.
Laus said the involved Aetas have
already accumulated at least P6
million representing their shares
from the incomes of various foreign and local locators in the subzone.
Laus said the involvement of
the Aetas materialized following
the signing of the joint management
agreement between officials of Aeta
Associations headed by Oscar
Rivera, Laus of CDC and Eugenio
A. Insigne of the National Commission on Indigenous People
He added that many interested
foreign locators have applied to
establish their factories, including
bio-ethanol power plants and entertainment and tourism resorts.
A joint development council
composed of CDC, NCIP and Aeta
associations has been established
to conduct the master development
plan for the sub-zone.
The Aeta tribes were dislocated by the eruptions of Mt.
Pinatubo in 1991, according to
French researcher Jean-Christophe
Gaillard of the Center for
Gaillard described the life of
Aeta communities as “enjoying a
level of development, including
asphalted roads, irrigation networks, and school buildings.”
(Built by then Sacobia Development Authority).
A good number of these
tribesmen used to depend on the
US servicemen in the then Clark
Special Economic Zone but they
are now answering the call to help
develop Clark sub-zone through
the forward thinking of CDC officials led by Laus.
On August 24 last year, a General Assembly of Aetas occupying
10,680 hectares covered by certificates of ancestral domain title was
held at Clark Expo Pilipino.
“That was an unprecedented
event that will surely pave the way
for the development of the Freeport
and will eventually lead to the social and economical uplift of Aeta
communities in the joint management,” Laus said, “ecstatic of the
new possibilities that will change
the lives of the Aetas for the better.”
Last September 5, through
stern lobbying, the CDC had endorsed to NCIP national office the
signed Joint Management Agreement (JMA) and application for issuance of Compliance Certificate
Free Prior Inform Consent Process
(FPIC) and the certification that the
community has given its consent
to the implementation of the JMA
for the development of the ances-
tral domain covering an area of
10,684 hectares within Clark Zone.
The shares of the Aetas will
be used for their livelihood, education and their economic uplift,”
Under the joint agreement,
CDC can now manage the ancestral domain and enter into business
arrangements with prospective locators of the area.
As envisioned, the Aeta tribes
shall be given employment priority
in any projects to be implemented
within the CADT.
The state-owned company
will also assist in providing communal infrastructure and developments to the community.
The 75-year term will see to
the 20 percent share of the lease
to Aetas (to be deposited by
CDC to the Aeta Development
A worker rehabilitates one of the many acacia inside the Clark Freeport.
El Kabayo stables opens at Clark
A world-class riding stable
held its blessing and inaugural opening recently boosting
Clark Freeport’s thrust to become a sports and tourism hub
in Central Luzon.
El Kabayo Western Town,
a series of facades replicating
establishments with old west
theme, will open its doors to
the public, said Gabby La’O,
president and sheriff of El
K a b a y o We s t e r n To w n &
La’O said the blessing
and inaugural opening
was highlighted by
cutting rites to be led by executives from El Kabayo, Clark
(CDC), and government officials led by Pampanga 1 st District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan”
Lazatin and Senator Lito Lapid,
who owns at least three horses
in the stables.
Also, La’O said members of
the Manila Polo
Ay a l a A l a b a n g
Western theme buildings and horses are expected to draw more tourists to the Clark Freeport.
from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority graced the
In the afternoon, La’O
added that the El Kabayo
Riding Stables opened to the
public where tourists can ride
any of stables’ 20 horses.
On Sunday, February 24,
El Kabayo hosted a horse parade and a tilbury race or
kalising where more than 20
riders from Central Luzon
joined the event.
CDC President Liberato P.
Laus said the opening of El
Kabayo is a welcome development and is expected to
complement the CDC’s sports
and eco-tourism program.
Laus added that aside
from its image as a worldclass investment haven, the
presence of the riding stables
will also bolster Clark’s image
as an ideal venue for various
Prosthesis lab to rise at Clark
More amputees will soon
have artificial legs as the
Clark Development Corp.
approved the establishment
of a prosthesis laboratory
at the Clark Polytechnic
The project was approved by the CDC Board
of Directors headed by its
Chairman Rizalino S. Navarro recently.
CDC Director Benigno
Ricafort said the approval
of the establishment of the
including the training
center, is in support of
the walking free program of the Kapampangan
Clark Polytechnic is a
subsidiary of CDC.
The KDF, an organization of Kapampangans
based outside the province, teamed up with the
Physicians for Peace in a
bid to provide free artificial
legs to amputees in Pampanga. Also supporting the
project is the Rotary Club
International under the
KDF is targeting to
distribute for free some 500
artificial legs and 1,000 wheelchairs by the end of 2008 to
the poor and deserving
physically disabled Kapampangan who cannot walk without the help of relatives,
crutches and wheelchairs.
Ricafort added that
project aimed to develop
more prosthesis not only
for the amputees in Pampanga but also in other areas who are in need of artificial legs and wheelchairs.
Ricafort, who is also
president of KDF, said that
some 21 amputees were
given artificial legs of which
KDF members prepare a cast for an amputee’s leg.
two were children, while 15
others were given wheelchairs during the prosthesis program’s third session
held at the Social Action
Center of Pampanga (SACOP) on December 15.
Earlier also 41 out of
140 qualified amputees
were given a new hope to
live more productively as
they receive artificial limbs
and wheelchairs under the
same program and the Physicians for Peace (PFP).