Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Manuel Gaerlan said the Philippine Air Force will free up more than 300 hectares inside the Clark Freeport Zone once it relocates to Capas, Tarlac.
Speaking to Pampanga-based mediamen at the Sun Valley Golf Club on Thursday, Gaerlan confirmed the PAF housing and its administrative building will move to Capas, Tarlac near the New Clark City.
This would allow the CDC to lease out more land to potential local and foreign investors, according to Gaerlan.
Business leaders had been calling for the transfer of the PAF contingent before while the PAF had already submitted to the Department of National Defense (DND) a detailed plan on the transfer of seven of its major units in the Air Force City and Haribon to other areas pending the approval of the transfer budget.
PAF said before “that it is giving away to progress and development of Clark, but without compromising national security.”
An agreement between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the DND allowed the PAF’s 600th Air Base Wing to remain inside the Clark Freeport Zone, the former US military facility converted into productive civilian use.
The CDC is currently running out of lands for lease to investors, which prompted the business sector to call for the removal of the PAF contingents in Clark.
Aside from the 600th Air Base Wing, other PAF units include the 1st Air Division, the 410th Maintenance Wing, the 420th Supply Wing, the 710th Special Operations Wing, the Air Force Logistics Command and the Air Force Reserve Command.
Most of the housing units left by the Americans were occupied by PAF personnel and are now in various degree of neglect.