Duterte: Manila out; Clark in
President Rodrigo Duterte remains committed to his campaign to develop major urban centers outside of Metro Manila.
During the Kapampangan Food Festival held in Clark Freeport in Pampanga on December 7, the President declared Metro Manila as a “soon-to-be-dead metropolis” and identified Clark as a very important destination that is crucial to his administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.
“[What Clark lacks now] is the infrastructure for mobility, but…I think, in the fullness of God’s time, we will have it. I hope it would come, even half of what they have offered so far, [even just half of all the planned projects]. Clark is a very important arterial place [because it leads to the exit of] Luzon upward, and in the development, because it is very important that we disperse the industries,” the President said.
He described Clark as an ideal site for infrastructure projects, and urged investors to set up business ventures and industries in the area.
The first Kapampangan Food Festival was held in celebration of Pampanga’s 446th founding anniversary.
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