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[December 19, 2008]
Angara bares extension of SCTEx to Aurora
CLARK FREEPORT, Dec 19, 2008 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) --
Senator Edgardo Angara bared here recently that the 94-kilometer Subic Clark Tarlac Expressay (SCTex) will soon be extended up to Baler in Aurora.
Angara arrived here when he led officials of the province of Aurora in formally opening its satellite office inside the Clark Freeport last Monday.
Clark Development Corp. (CDC) President Benigno N. Ricafort said the satellite office will serve as logistics for the promotion of tourism, agricultural and other export products coming from Aurora province.
Earlier, CDC and Aurora authorities signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of satellite office inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
Angara witnessed the signing of the MOA between Ricafort and Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, who signed in behalf of Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo during a simple ceremony held at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City.
The senator said the MOA signing is timely because it will complement soon the declaration of the special economic zone in the province.
He said the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) will soon be extended up to Baler in Aurora which will make the province some two hours away from Clark.
Aurora province, located at the northeastern of Central Luzon, is more than three hours away from Clark.
The establishment of a satellite office for the province of Aurora is likewise necessary for future economic, trade and other forms of cooperation that will help in the growth of tourism in Clark.
If Clark boasts of a 10,800-hectare Next Frontier, Aurora is also seen as the next frontier in Central Luzon, Angara said during the MOA signing.
He said infrastructure to Aurora is also being readied by government leaders because of the heightened economic and tourism activities in the province.
The satellite office is located at the building 2083, which is one of Clarks barn houses along Cardinal Santos Avenue.
The barn houses are identified and approved by CDC for lease to government offices particularly the Local Government of Mabalacat, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) which are deemed vital to the development thrust of the Clark Freeport Zone and Clark Special Economic Zone. LDV/LBV/Amr/ps/ebp
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