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3. THE SUBIC-CLARK-TARLAC GROWTH CORRIDOR
Armando N. Alli
The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) is a 94-kilometer four-lane divided expressway situated around 90 kilometers north of Metro Manila that connects the Subic Bay Freeport Zone with its 600,000 TEU Container Terminal at Subic Bay in the southwest, the Clark Special Economic Zone with its Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga, and the Techno Park in Tarlac City in the northeast. The national government recognized as early as 2000 that the Subic-Clark corridor could be the main engine to both regional and national economic growth, having established the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council or SCAD Council to plan for and implement an integrated and coordinated development of the area.
The completed 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) provides a vital lifeline between three hubs of production and logistics that both government and private sectors are actively pursuing, and which could consequently evolve and merge into a competitive logistics mega-hub in Asia. Aside from boosting the development potentials of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the Clark Economic Zone, and the techno-park in Tarlac City, the SCTEx has also created opportunities for complementary industries along the expressway. It is in this context that the Subic-Clark-Alliance for Development Council (SCADC), initiated the formulation of a SCAD Corridor Conceptual Land Use Plan (SCoLUP) for the rational and sustainable development or preservation of lands along the new tollway. The Conceptual Plan of the “SCADC Corridor” considers 5 kilometers on both sides of the expressway covering 100,000 hectares in thirteen Local Government Units (LGUs) in four provinces.
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