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Aerotropolis to generate job opportunities

Thousands of laborers in the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and even Bulacan need not go to Metro Manila to work once an aerotropolis rises at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City.

CIA President Victor Jose Luciano said airport-driven development is expected since a number of developers and industries are moving operations to Clark.

“There will be airport-driven development in a radius of 50 kilometers in and out of Clark. This will cover Porac, Floridablanca, San Ferndando in Pampanga, as well as Capas, Tarlac City, and Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, and certain parts of Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija,” he said.

Luciano named the Ayala Corporation and the JAMCO-Aircraft Interiors Company as among the many developers and industries already doing business around the CIA.

“With the creation of these industries around Clark, thousands of workers will not need to work in Manila. They can be around their homes in the provinces,” Luciano added.

He said that government, for its part, will build the airport infrastructures and expressways to link CIA to the various industrial areas in Central Luzon.

According to a 2011 study of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), annual passenger forecasts for the Greater Capital Region, which covers the National Capital Region (NCR), and Regions 3 and 4A, will rise from 49.8-million in 2020 to 75-million in 2030, shooting up to 106.7-million in 2040.

In 2012, total traffic recorded in the region was already at 31.879-million.

To meet these expected volumes, the government has identified two viable options, both of which will involve the expansion of CIA, as well as the development of a new international airport in Metro Manila.

The two options differ insofar as the fate of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is concerned.