Clark Air Base to be redeveloped with help of Singapore company: Lorenzana

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Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana answer questions during a Reuters interview at the military headquarters of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines February 9, 2017. Clark Air Base is set for redevelopment by the Philippines’ Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with a Singaporean company, said the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA chairperson) on September 6. (Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)
Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana answer questions during a Reuters interview at the military headquarters of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines February 9, 2017. Clark Air Base is set for redevelopment by the Philippines’ Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with a Singaporean company, said the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA chairperson) on September 6. (Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Clark Air Base is set for redevelopment by the Philippines’ Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with a Singaporean company, said BCDA chairperson and former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday (September 6).

According to Inquirer, Lorenzana told reporters in Singapore that the collaboration with the Singaporean company, which he did not name, could be in the field of real estate that is being developed within the old air base.

He added that authorities chose to partner with a Singaporean company because of the city-state’s wide experience in developing a modern metropolis despite space limitations. "Kasi itong Singapore, malaki yung karanasan na mag-develop ng area na maganda. Katulad ng Singapore, maganda ang pagkakagawa nila rito. Maliit lang na area pero they built a very modern metropolis. ‘Yan ang gusto nating makuha sa kanila, mai-transfer sa atin yung technology tsaka yung knowledge at skills sa pag-develop ng ganitong klaseng magandang achievement."

(We chose Singapore because it has a broad experience in developing areas properly. Like Singapore, they have built an excellent metropolis within a small space. That’s what we want to happen in Clark; we hope the technology and knowledge and skills needed to develop these kinds of areas can be transferred to us so we can have these achievements.)

Lorenzana is part of the Philippine government delegation accompanying President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on his first state visit to Singapore. Marcos and First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos are in the city-state at the invitation of Singapore President Halimah Yacob.

Lorenzana added that the President’s schedule includes roundtable meetings that will bolster the country’s trade relations with Singapore.

Marcos will met members of the Filipino community on Tuesday afternoon, while the First Couple will visit the Singapore Botanic Garden on Wednesday for a brief ceremony where an orchid will be named after them.

He will then meet with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, before sitting down with the business sector for several deals.

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