CLARK AUTHORITIES PREPARE FOR ARRIVAL OF AIR FORCE ONE

CLARK SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE (PNA), OCTOBER 13, 2003  (BULLETIN) By: Fred Roxas  - Preparations for the arrival of US President George W. Bush this week have been finalized here although no official arrangement has been made yet as to whether he will take a quick “glimpse” of the former 13th American Air Force base.

Clark Development Corp. (CDC) president Emmanuel Y. Angeles said Air Force One carrying the American President is scheduled to land at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) on Saturday.

He said from the DMIA, the entourage will be whisked to the Marine One which will ferry Bush directly to Malacañang.

According to Angeles, the preparations drawn out by the CDC security force under Supt. Carmen Trinidad include the tightening of security measures at the DMIA and on possible venues where the visiting President might be given an overview on the development of Clark zone since it was abandoned by the Americans 12 years ago.

When the US Air Force (USAF) was prematurely forced by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo to abandon Clark Air Force base in June, 1991, this main base and other satellite stations had injected an estimated $102.6 million into the Philippine economy.

This was in addition to the millions of dollars worth of assistance in military training and equipment extended under the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty.

The US Armed Forces in the Philippines were supposed to abandon their military bases and other facilities in the country on Sept. 16, 1991 after the Philippine Senate rejected an extension of the Military Bases Agreement (MBA).

The former US military facility has grown to be the country’s premier economic zone employing more than 12,000 civilian employes.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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