DFA Exec Cites Tremendous Potential of Clark Freeport

An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the visit of 21 ambassadors from the member countries of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is an opportunity for the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to show the potential of Clark as an investment destination

DFA undersecretary Laura Quiambao-del Rosario, in an interview during the Clark in Action, a public affairs radio program of CDC, said the potential of Clark as an investment destination should be emphasized by CDC during the visit of the envoys from the APEC-member countries as this will generate interest and could be avenue where the ambassadors can assess Clark as possible investment site for their business leaders.

“The potential of (Clark) is really tremendous and I think we can do a lot, not only in the field of tourism, but also in the field of services and in the field of leisure,” Del Rosario said.

“They (referring to CDC officials) should expose what Clark is… let them familiarize with the culture of Pampanga and show them the various investment possibilities of Clark has to offer for various countries,” said the DFA official in the radio program hosted by CDC external affairs manager Angelo C. Lopez, Jr.

She said that “visit (ocular inspection) of the ambassadors (in Clark) is the best options” because the envoys can report to their respective government about the development of Clark after its transformation from US-run air force base to bustling Freeport.”

DFA Exec Cites Tremendous Potential of Clark Freeport
Clark Freeport, Philippines via Interaksyon

Clark is set to host the APEC forum for the senior minister of the member countries next year.

As part of economic diplomacy, the pillar of DFA, tries to present all investment priorities of the Philippines as she believes in the potential of Clark not only the field of investment but also in tourism, service and leisure.

“The potential is really tremendous,” she said on what the Freeport can offer in terms of investments and other services that Clark can offer.

She said that advantages of Clark in terms of location" is great, reachable by air, connectivity by air, the vast size of it."

Due to the availability of space, Del Rosario said Clark can take advantage of the vast lands inside the zone which can be of use for warehousing, medical services and even educational services.

"The only thing they are trying to look now is services sector. Many Filipinos do not realize that service is a field where we can do very good at," she als said.

The DFA official said the people always look at trade and goods:

“The product that we sell, the products that we do here and the products we assemble here. Trade and Services is something else, we can think of medical services, logistics, the way we transport goods from here to there or even brokerage or housing,” she added. (PNA)PDS/zst/RKM/ps

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