The Government of Japan (GOJ) through the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) on Thursday (13 August 2015) forged a cooperation agreement with the state-owned BCDA to help the Aquino Administration develop and build Clark Green City as a major economic center in the ASEAN bloc.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson and the Government of Japan Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ohta witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the BCDA and JOIN, a Japanese government corporation created by the Japanese Parliament, that will lead the formation of joint venture partnerships to ensure the development of Clark Green City.
All too often, when new “green”, “sustainable”, or “smart” cities are created, they forget about the importance of location. No matter how green the building or infrastructure design might be, it doesn’t make up for destroying virgin wildlife habitat, or paving over productive farm land (are you listening, China?).
That’s not the case here, though. Clark Green City is not just green in design, it’s green in location. That’s because it’s actually restorative development. Rather than sprawling onto undeveloped land, this excellent project is cleaning-up and redeveloping the defunct U.S. Clark Air Base.