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Palafox to masterplan Poro Point Freeport zone

Published on Monday, 13 May 2013 00:00
Malaya Business News Online - Philippine Business News | Online News Philippines 
Palafox was awarded a P5 million contract to come up with a feasibility study that would guide the BCDA in privatizing the Freeport zone under private-public partnership.
Palafox & Associates has won the P5 million masterplanning design for Poro Point Freeport Zone in San Fernando, La Union.
Arnel Casanova, president and chief executive officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), said the urban planning firm has been tasked to complete the plan before the end of the year.
Casanova said Palafox will work on a design that will unlock the potential of Poro Point’s port and airport facilities as well as its land accessibility.
Palafox would come up with the feasibility study that would guide the BCDA in eventually privatizing the Freeport zone under private-public partnership, Casanova added.
The bidding could take place as early as next year. Casanova said that the expected opening by August of the Tarlac-La Union-Pangasinan expressway (TPLEX) increases the attraction of Poro Pt.
Travelers going North will soon have three expressways to choose from. They are North Luzon expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressway and TPLEX from Balintawak to Rosario in La Union. Phase 1 of TPLEX covers La Paz to Gerona  in Tarlac.
“You have a growing population in (the north). You have surfing in La Union. Cordillera has a lot of tourism sites; you have heritage places and old churches going up to Paoay and Pagudpud. The Aquino administration has identified  Poro Point as a prime destination for tourists and investors, citing its infrastructure and strategic location.
Casanova has earlier cited Poro Point as an ideal springboard to Southeast Asia’s major markets.
The Freeport has twin infrastructure jewels —- the San Fernando International Seaport and the San Fernando Airport.
Through the PPFZ’s San Fernando Airport, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taipei are just an hour and 30 minutes away;  Singapore, Japan and Korea are just three and a half  hours away; while Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are just four hours away.
Further future upgrades on the San Fernando Airport will eventually transform it into an international travel facility.
Palafox bested the joint venture of U.P. Planades & Philippine Jac. Inc.;  Schema Konsult, Inc.; the joint venture of CPRM Consultants, Inc. & Transport & Traffic Planners, Inc.; the joint venture of Filipinas Dravo Corp. & Key Engineers, Co.; Philipps Technical Consultants Corp.; and Palafox Associates.

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