In order to better “closely monitor and supervise” ongoing and scheduled major projects in Central Luzon, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is transferring its headquarters to the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone (CSEZ). The move is also part of the government’s bid to decongest the National Capital Region (NCR) and decentralize government offices.
The Department of Transport (DOTr) recently moved their main offices to Clark as well earlier this year in July. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said in April this year that his office will also transfer to Clark by 2020.
“The move is a response to President Duterte’s plan to decentralize state offices in Metro Manila and solve the congestion problem in the capital,” said BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon.
The new office for the BCDA, located at the 9th floor of One West Building, Clark Green City, was inaugurated on Tuesday, November 27. So far, the BCDA’s president’s office has move to the new location. Joining it are the Business Development and Operations Group and the Project Offices of the same agency.
The BCDA’s former headquarter offices in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, are still operational. The Finance and Support groups of the agency are still located here.
The list of big ticket projects under the BCDA slated for Central Luzon includes the Clark International Airport and New Clark City. According to Dizon, the BCDA’s new location in proximity to these will better enable the agency to carry out its mandate.
Phase 1-A of the New Clark City development plan is currently ongoing. The P13.7-billion development includes the construction of the National Government Administrative Center. Phase 1-A, which also includes the construction of sports facilities and athletes’ dormitories, is scheduled for completion by late 2019, in time for the Philippines to host the 30th ASEAN games.
The BCDA also plans to award by December this year the contract for operations and maintenance (O&M) of the P5.61-billion Clark International Airport Expansion Project and the O&M Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Concession.