CLARK FREEPORT, July 7 (PIA) -- Several local leaders in Pampanga and Tarlac have openly expressed support to the establishment of the Clark Green City (CGC) of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), which is touted as the country’s next metropolis.

Among the supporters include governors, mayors, and members of the House of Representatives, who recently passed a resolution favorably endorsing such endeavor.

“CGC involves the development of some 36,000 hectares of land at the heart of Central Luzon or approximately half the size of Metro Manila. Based on the masterplan which was recently approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board, it shall have five districts namely government, central business, academic, agri-forestry research and development, and wellness and eco-tourism,” BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova said.

University of the Philippines became the first tenant of its academic district.

“CGC will revolutionize the way Filipinos live, the way they do business, and even the way they spend their leisure time. It would become a portal to the world economy of the country’s next generation of global citizens,” Casanova pointed out.

It shall likewise pave the way for the transformation of the towns of Porac in Pampanga and Capas and Bamban in Tarlac into thriving cities.

BCDA would begin this year the first phase by developing 1,321 hectares.

At full development, CGC would contribute approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the economy and will generate 925,000 jobs. (CLJD/RBRP-PIA 3)