Disaster management agencies, DPWH also moving to Clark: official

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Posted at Jul 02 2018 11:02 AM

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MANILA - Disaster management agencies and the Department of Public Works and Highways will move their offices to Clark, Pampanga soon, the official in charge of the area's development said Friday.

The move will come about a year after the Department of Transportation began transferring to the freeport zone.

Buildings for the two government offices are "going up," said Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon.

Discussions to move government offices to Clark or any other place outside Metro Manila "have been going on for decades" but definite action only came recently, he said.

"It is only President Duterte that has decided boldly and said we have to do this now not only to solve congestion in the metropolis but also to spur growth outside of Metro Manila," he told ANC's Headstart.

In the event that the 7.1-magnitude earthquake feared to hit Metro Manila occurs, the government can continue functioning in the integrated operations center in New Clark City, Dizon said.

The DPWH and the DOTr are working on building roads, highways, and mass transportation systems to allow people to move seamlessly between Metro Manila and Clark, he said.