Central Luzon, emerging business destination
Sun-baked region gears up to be next real estate, infrastructure hub
CLARK, PAMPANGA - Culinary adventures, an agricultural hotspot, creative tourist attractions. These are some of the reasons why Central Luzon is fast becoming the to-go destination north of Metro Manila.
But as modernization and investment opportunities enter the area, Central Luzon is becoming a hub for business and leisure as well
A number of real estate players have already seen the potential that the region offers. Among them is AC Beautiful Islands (ACBI) realty development corporation, the real estate arm of the JENRA Group of Companies. The Infinity by ACBI is located at the gateway of Central Luzon, and directly connected to the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) via the Angeles Exit.
“The Infinity will kick off 2018 by welcoming our newest locators PTT and Skygold,” said Byron John T. Siy, ACBI’s general manager. “With all the upcoming infrastructure in the area, we’re sure that the Infinity will soon be comparable even with established CBD’s in the metro city.” Central Luzon currently has a world-class airport, the world’s largest indoor arena, and an all-weather golf course. New support structures are underway around the region.
Clark International Airport
Clark International Airport, the Philippines’ gateway to the world from the Central and Northern Luzon provinces, could very well replace Metro Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as the country’s main aviation center in the future.
Clark’s new terminals, the Diosdado Macapagal Terminal and Terminal 2 were expanded to serve low-cost carriers.Two more terminals are expected to be completed and will be fully operational by 2025. These four terminals will boost Clark’s passenger capacity to more than 110 million annually.
The airport is also being billed to become one of the country’s first “aerotropolis”, or a community that features a world-class airport and surrounded by business clusters and residential developments.
At par with the world
The construction of Metro Rail Transit Line’s newest railway – MRT-7 is already in progress. This improvement will make Bulacan just half an hour away from Metro Manila by 2020. The 22-kilometer railway system will have 14 stations from MRT-3 North Edsa to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The project will lessen congestion on major roads going north.
Several expressways will likewise link Central Luzon to Metro Manila and its surrounding regions to ensure an easier and faster travel time. The proposed North Luzon East Expressway (NLEE), a 92.1 kilometer four-lane expressway will connect Commonwealth Avenue to Nueva Ecija.
Also being built is the 66.4 kilometer Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEx) that will link Tarlac City to San Jose, Nueva Ecija. The Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) that links Hermosa, Bataan to Tarlac City; and the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEx) that links Tarlac City to La Union, are already operational.
“Given the investments by both the public and private sector to Central Luzon, we are positive that Central Luzon will finally gain the attention it deserves,” said Siy.