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President Benigno Aquino III led the ground breaking ceremony of the Clark Green City (CGC) in Sitio Baloy. Barangay Aranguren, Capas Tarlac on 11 April 2016. The President laid the time capsule of the 9,450-hectare property with Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova and Chairperson Maria Aurora Geotina-Garcia, DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.

The CGC will be the home of the future National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training Institute (NDRRMTI). The establishment of the proposed NDRRMTI will commence from a lot acquisition at the CGC. Soon, the NDRRMC through the OCD and BCDA will sign a memorandum of agreement to facilitate and legalize the establishment of the institute.

President Aquino in his message said, “This city also embodies our vision for a more resilient Philippines. It shows that we are learning from the lessons of the past, and putting more thought into securing ourselves from the risks brought about by climate change. The number of 800,000 workers is roughly the amount of people that enter the labor force every year. With just the Clark Green City, we will have opportunities for the new labor entrance.”

“Clark Green City is an example of a development that has approached this problem strategically. It will not be flood prone, since its lowest elevation is 56 meters above sea level, while its central park will serve as a flood catchment basin. It also enjoys natural protection from typhoons, with the Sierra Madre to the West and the Zambales mountain range to the east.” he added.

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Alexander P Pama attended and witnessed the ceremonial groundbreaking.