The Clark Freeport Zone, in partnership with Peregrine Development International Inc., last Friday hosted the 2nd Clark Aviation Conference dubbed as “Clark:Reshaping Philippine Aviation -The Aerotropolis Concept.”

The conference highlighted the Clark International Airport (CIA) as a compelling case to be an Aerotropolis, identifying the infrastructure and policy developments which will enhance Clark’s growth potential and economic impact. The Aerotropolis model is an urban development placing airports in the center with cities growing around them.

The keynote speaker was led by Greg Lindsay, a world renowned journalist, urbanist and co-author of the highly acclaimed and best selling book “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” who explained how airports are becoming anchors for new cities and its role for a country’s national development.

The Clark Aviation Conference featured a diverse roster of expert speakers which includes BCDA President and CEO Arnel Cassanova, Urban Planner Arch. Felino Palafox Jr., 1st district Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, economist Dr. Roberto de Ocampo, CIAC President Victor Jose Luciano, and other key decision makers and economic experts from both the public and private sectors who will examine the CIA’s critical role kn driving economic expansion in the Philippines and in Asia.

It was also attended by more than 300 senior government officials and C-level executives from Aircraft Manufacturers, Airport and Airline, Aviation and Third Party Service Providers, Aviation Training Schools, Civil Aviation Regulators, Financial Institutions, Global Distribution System, Tourim Authorities among others.

Earlier, Guiao commended the Global Gateway Logistics City and its partners for initiating Clark Aviation Conference 2014, which aims to bolster the continuing development of the Clark International Airport.

“This is consistent not only with my own advocacy but with the clamor of various stakeholders in Pampanga and Region III to maximize both the advantages and resources of the Clark airport not only as a global aviation hub but as an economic driver of enormous potential for the the province, region and the country,” Guiao said in a statement.

The solon also furthered that the forthcoming conference and its far-reaching agenda deserve both the serious attention and concrete support of government and the private sector with a sense of urgency and commitment to make those possibilities real and beneficial to all.

“Indeed, as I have always reiterated in my public statements and positions, particularly in the House of Representatives, there has never been a more opportune time for government to come up with a clear-cut policy on this issue than now as the Philippines is seriously beset by aviation-related issues to which Clark presents viable, sound and logical solutions,” he stressed.

With the GGLC move, Guiao said that he is gratified for pushing his first agenda for a full development in Clark particularly the Clark International Airport.

“To my mind, the Clark airport must be a government priority NOW. I am gratified, therefore, that the GGLC is pushing this agenda to a new and different level where it should create more impact and generate greater urgency and support among the decision-makers and stakeholders,” Guiao ended.

Source: Headline Gitnang Luzon