Surbana Jurong to assist in the development of New Clark City in Philippines
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) of Philippines and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Surbana Jurong  of Singapore on February 12, 2018.
The collaboration marks the full implementation of New Clark City anchored on the Comprehensive Master Development Plan developed by BCDA and JOIN, in partnership with urban planning and engineering firms AECOM, Nippon Koei, and Philkoei International Incorporated. (Last year, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer, Vivencio Dizon discussed these partnerships in an interview with OpenGov.)
As part of the agreement, Surbana Jurong will assist BCDA and JOIN in drafting the development management framework, design standard guidelines and environmental guidelines to complement the masterplan of New Clark City (formerly Clark Green City).
BCDA is a state-owned enterprise that is focused on developing former military assets, land assets in particular, into new centres for growth. New Clark City is one of its major ongoing projects. The 9,450-hectare city is designed to be the country’s first smart, green, disaster-resilient city, where nature, lifestyle, business, education, and industries converge, and will be at par with other modern cities in the world.
New Clark City will feature mixed-use real estate developments for housing, a business continuity centre that would also house national government agencies, an agro-industrial park and an international food market. The city will have wide pedestrian lanes, exclusive bicycle lanes, and an integrated mass transit lane. Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in 2022.
Surbana Jurong will establish the framework for a smart city concept with fully-integrated infrastructure and utilities for power, water, sewerage, information and communication technology (ICT), security, and traffic management.
Surbana Jurong will also help in utilising Public-Private Partnerships to attract investors to New Clark City and advise in the implementation plan of pioneer developers in New Clark City such as Filinvest Land, Inc.’s mixed-use industrial real estate developments, and MTD Capital Berhad’s National Government Administrative Center.
Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines, Kok Li Peng; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan Hiroto Izumi; and Philippines’ Finance Secretary, Carlos Dominguez III; and other members of the Cabinet witnessed the signing led by BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer, Vivencio Dizon; JOIN President and Chief Executive Officer, Takuma Hatano; and Surbana Jurong Group Chief Executive Officer, Wong Heang Fine.
“Surbana Jurong is proud to support BCDA and JOIN in developing New Clark City into the next big metropolis and become a showcase to the world of a smart and green city. We will leverage our over 50 years of urban and infrastructure development expertise and our global capabilities to manage the development of the city, and help the Philippine Government bring this vision to reality,” Surbana Jurong’s Group Chief Executive Officer Wong Heang Fine said.
Mr. Wong Heang Fine added that “New Clark City has tremendous potential, and we are committed to be long-term partners in the city’s growth. The transformation of this area will bring about sustainable growth and create jobs locally, and ultimately bring about long-lasting economic and social benefits for the country. We look forward to working together with BCDA and JOIN, as well as international investors and local communities, in making this project a success.”
 Surbana Jurong is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings Singapore. It was formed through the merger of urban planning and affordable housing leader, Surbana International Consultants, and industrialisation corporation, Jurong International. It has 50 years of experience in the development of Singapore’s urban, industrial and infrastructure landscape.