San Miguel Corporation is working towards the future with their new “aerocity” project in Bulacan.
Earlier this week, SMC president Ramon Ang gave a statement on the airport city. “I want to emphasize to our countrymen that what we are building is more than just an international gateway with four runways, with an infrastructure network to connect it directly to Metro Manila and many other points in Luzon,” he said.
“The airport is just one component – what we’re building is the Philippines’ first truly green city of the future.”
The company teamed up with urban planner Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. to create “green, sustainable, and disaster-resilient architecture” for the Bulacan airport city.
It will reportedly include an “innovation hub” that may utilize schools and technology-driven companies. SMC said that Palafox was employing a “university town concept,” where learning institutions and the community partner together, similar to that of Cambridge and Boston in the United States, where Harvard is located.
“SMC is also looking to put up a medical and research facility along with the school,” the company added.
Ang has called the project a “legacy to the next generations,” and affirmed that the new airport city will bring many benefits to the province and the whole country.
“The jobs we will generate will not be limited to the airport city or Bulacan province alone, but will extend to neighboring provinces, the rest of Luzon, and many other parts of the country which will benefit from increased tourism, increased investments because of better accessibility,” he explained.
Palafox also expressed his belief in the project’s ability to bring the future to the country. “We envision the Bulacan Aerocity development as the first model and pacesetter for future green and sustainable cities in the country,” he said.