CEO International Mr Teo Eng Cheong was interviewed in Bloomberg TV Philippines’ “In The Loop” programme. In the interview, Eng Cheong talked about Surbana Jurong’s role in the development of New Clark City, from development management to drawing up a public-private partnership framework. He also spoke of the need to embrace the essence of a smart city in order to realise the vision of the master plan. The interview can be viewed here.
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Cebu, the Philippines, 12 February 2018 – The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Surbana Jurong of Singapore today in Mactan, Cebu.
Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan Hiroto Izumi, and Philippines’ Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and other members of the Cabinet witnessed the signing led by BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon, JOIN President and Chief Executive Officer Takuma Hatano, and Surbana Jurong Group Chief Executive Officer Wong Heang Fine. The collaboration marks the full implementation of New Clark City anchored on the Comprehensive Master Development Plan developed by BCDA and JOIN, in partnership with urban planning and engineering firms AECOM, Nippon Koei and Philkoei International.
In the agreement, Surbana Jurong will assist BCDA and JOIN in drafting the development management framework, design standard guidelines and environmental guidelines to complement the masterplan of New Clark City.
“Surbana Jurong is proud to support BCDA and JOIN in developing New Clark City into the next big metropolis and a showcase to the world of a smart and green city. We will leverage our over 50 years of urban and infrastructure development expertise and our global capabilities to manage the development of the city, and help the Philippine Government bring this vision to reality,” Surbana Jurong’s Group Chief Executive Officer Wong Heang Fine said.
Surbana Jurong will also help in utilising Public-Private Partnerships to entice investors to New Clark City. It will also advise in the implementation plan of pioneer developers in New Clark City such as Filinvest Land, Inc.’s mixed-use industrial real estate developments, and MTD Capital Berhad’s National Government Administrative Center. It will also establish the framework of a smart city concept that will have fully integrated infrastructure and utilities for power, water, sewerage, information and communication technology (ICT), security, and traffic management.
Wong added that “New Clark City has tremendous potential, and we are committed to be long-term partners in the city’s growth. The transformation of this area will bring about sustainable growth and create jobs locally, and ultimately bring about long-lasting economic and social benefits for the country. We look forward to working together with BCDA and JOIN, as well as international investors and local communities, in making this project a success.”
Surbana Jurong is a wholly owned company of Temasek Holdings Singapore formed through the merger of renowned urban planning and affordable housing leader Surbana International Consultants, and industrialisation corporation Jurong International. It has 50 years of experience in the development of Singapore’s urban, industrial and infrastructure landscape.
Meanwhile, JOIN President and CEO Takuma Hatano recognised the significance of the Manila-Clark Railway (PNR North Railway) project in developing New Clark City as one of Japan’s biggest projects in the Philippines. The 106-kilometre alignment will connect Tutuban, Manila to the Clark International Airport and New Clark City.
“The railway will immensely benefit commuters as it will cut down travel time from Manila to Clark in an hour, from the current 2-3 hours’ travel time,” Hatano said. He added that the railway is designed to accommodate around 350,000 passengers per day and will provide an efficient and more comfortable travel experience to commuters.
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2021. The Manila-Clark Railway is being implemented by the Department of Transportation in partnership with BCDA, and will be funded through Japan’s official development assistance. The feasibility study and the detailed engineering design for the railway will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The 9,450-hectare New Clark City is envisioned to be a new metropolis that will rise in the Clark Special Economic Zone, in Capas and Bamban, Tarlac. It is designed to be the country’s first smart, green, disaster-resilient city, where nature, lifestyle, business, education and industries converge, and will be at par with other modern cities in the world.
New Clark City will feature mixed-use real estate developments for housing, a business continuity centre that would also house national government agencies, an agro-industrial park and an international food market. The city will have wide pedestrian lanes, exclusive bicycle lanes, and an integrated mass transit lane. Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in 2022.
About Surbana Jurong Private Limited
Surbana Jurong Private Limited (SJ) is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, SJ provides one-stop consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.
Headquartered in Singapore, the SJ Group has a global workforce of 13,500 employees in more than 120 offices across over 40 countries in Asia, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.5 billion.
SJ has a track record of over 50 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 50 industrial parks globally.
SJ’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. SJ creates spaces and designs infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.
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Surbana Jurong’s Development Management team in Singapore has landed a major role in the Philippines’ upcoming New Clark City project. The team will partner the Bases Conversion and Development Authority in the Philippines and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation in managing the development of the project.
New Clark City, also known as Clark Green City when it broke ground in April 2016, sits on 9,450ha of prime land in Central Luzon, north of Manila, and is designated as the Philippines’ first green and smart metropolis. It will be developed in four phases and is targeted for completion in 2065.
In development management, the team represents the client’s interest in all aspects of the development’s life cycle, from advising on the business concept and development strategy to monitoring and controlling the implementation process. It also covers areas such as procurement and financial viability.
Plans for New Clark City include government institutions, university campuses, solar farms, and industrial and residential buildings, served by a high-capacity mass transit system. There will also be an R&D-driven industrial park focusing on innovative industries, which will be integrated with a corridor that stretches into the Clark International Airport and the proposed Subic-Clark Railway System.
Surbana Jurong’s SMEC Philippine team, in a joint venture led by Oriental Consultants Global, has been appointed as a General Consultant to manage and supervise the construction of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project.
A 38-km-long commuter railway line that connects Malolos in the province of Bulacan to Tutuban in Manila, this high-profile NSCR project is SJ Group’s first major rail project in the Philippines.
Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the NSCR is part of an overall initiative by the Philippine government to expand the existing mass transportation in metropolitan Manila and adjacent areas, and alleviate serious traffic congestion in and around the capital city. It is expected to benefit 200,000 commuters.
Following the successful completion of the NSCR Project’s final basic design report early last year, which has been given the nod by the authorities, the project team was once again contracted for the next phase, undertaking the following scope of work: construction supervision, design review, tender assistance and facilitation of the Environment Management Plan, Environment Monitoring Plan and Resettlement Action Plan.
Ricardo Yuzon Jr, Vice President for Transport, SMEC Philippines, said, “This win paves the way for SJ Group to further strengthen its position in the local market and we hope to elevate the brand to becoming one of the top consulting firms in the Philippines in the near future.”
Surbana Jurong (SJ)’s SMEC Philippines team recently took part in a tree planting programme at the La Mesa Watershed Reservation, a protected area that preserves the only major watershed in Metro Manila. Together with the Philippines’ Environment Management Bureau and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, some 50 employees planted 400 custard apple seedlings in the reserve’s eco-park.
Through the activity, made possible with the support of the Southeast Asia Divisional CSR Committee, SJ hopes to implement an Environmental Awareness Programme to educate employees and clients in the Philippines about the importance of environmental sustainability and the preservation of eco-parks. The event brought together our employees and their families to do their part for the environment and bond over a good cause.