By Freddie Velez
ANGELES, Pampanga – The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is confident the reclassification of the Clark Industrial Estate into a global hub of commerce and industry will hasten regional development especially in the greater Clark area, and Central and Northern Luzon.
Last June 4 President Duterte signed Executive Order No. 81 reclassifying the 290-hectare estate as an international center of commerce, industry, leisure, and recreation.
“This is definitely a marching order in the right direction and will surely be a boon to regional development especially in the greater Clark area, and Central and Northern Luzon,” Jaime Melo, CIAC president, said.
The previous EO No. 716 limited CIAC to “only engage in aviation, aviation-related services and aviation-related logistic activities (at Clark IE5).”
The entire 290 ha of the industrial estate has been reclassified as an international center for commerce, aviation logistics, industry, leisure, and recreation.
“With the new EO, CIAC shall now focus its efforts in aggressively expanding aviation-relation logistics businesses and other industrial and commercial ventures inside Clark, towards making Clark a globally competitive industrial and commercial hub in the Asia-Pacific Region. This development will also further boost economic activities in time for the completion of Clark’s new passenger terminal building next year,” Melo said.
EO 81 states the Clark Special Economic Zone and the Clark Freeport Zone, including the Industrial Estate 5 (IE5), has attracted international attention and interest as the Asia-Pacific Region’s emerging premiere hub for aviation and international logistics, as well as an international center for commerce, industry, leisure, and recreation.