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Businessman apprehensive on Capilion project

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By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman here has expressed apprehensions about the location of the P7-billion Clark Green Frontier mixed use facility being developed by Singapore-based Capilion Corporation PTE Limited.

Rene Romero, president of the Romac Group of Companies, issued the statement in support of the call of local officials and businessmen for the relocation of the planned commercial complex at the main entrance of Clark Freeport.

There are other areas in Clark suitable for big commercial facilities like the Clark Green Frontier, according to Romero.

"Ali ya istu ing lugar na. Dakal ya pweding puntalan a lugar keng Clark. Anyway nung masanting talaga ining sasabyan ng Capilion mixed development a ini, anggiang keta yang dulu na ning Clark puntalan de (It’s location is not right. Anyway, this Capilion mixed development is really good, even if it is located in the edge of Clark, people will come to them)," Romero said.

The facility will block the entrance of the Clark International Airport (CRK), according to Romero.

With the approval of the new P15-billion Clark International Airport (CRK) project, Romero said that Clark gateways should be free from any structures that will aggravate traffic congestion in the area.

“Pilan ta yang banwang pakipate ing Clark, ngeni ing CDC (Clark Development Corporation) paburen neng midinan blockade ing entrada. Pwedi naman Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) o keng aliwang lugar (We’ve fought for Clark for many years and now CDC is putting a blockade to the entrance of Clark. It can be located anyway at GGLC or any other place in the Freeport),” Romero said.

Barangay Balibago, which leads to the main gate of Clark, is already filled with commercial establishments. “Sapak ne ing Balibago, sapak ne ing Clark (Balibago and Clark are filled up),” Romero said.

The businessman also disclosed that he agrees with the issues raised by the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) headed by businessman Ruperto Cruz and Angeles City Councilor Max Sangil.

Aside from traffic, the PGKM and some city officials lamented about the harmful effect of the project to the local businesses.

Romero clarified that he is not against the project which is expected to employ 18,000 workers.

Once completed, the CGF is seen to contribute a minimum of two percent to three percent to the economy of Angeles City, according to Romero.

“Very welcome ya [ing Capilion project]. Keng sasabyan ming ayni ri Councilor Max ampo i Perto (Cruz), sana e ya mako [ing Capilion keng Clark. Sayang ya,” he said.

Romero also disclosed that the alignment of the railway from Metro Manila to Clark will be affected by the Capilion project.

If the project pushes trough in its current location, a new alignment will be prepared for the railway system leading to Clark airport.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 13, 2015.

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