Economy


Philippine Science HS to locate lab facility in Clark Green City




Posted on April 22, 2016


STATE-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) have partnered to put up a large-scale fabrication laboratory within the Clark Green City, the envisioned new metropolis north of Manila.

In a statement on Thursday, BCDA said it signed a memorandum of agreement with PSHS on April 13, making the high school the third educational institution that the agency has taken in for the project.

Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive officer, the proposed “super fab lab” is envisioned to host a global community of “learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators.”

The facility will feature “off-the shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronic tools, wrapped in open source software and programs written by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms.”

“BCDA has offered a portion of its Clark Green City property and resources to finance the procurement of the equipment of the facility in line with building a metropolis that promotes competitiveness by creating an environment that will foster innovation and is conducive for learning and collaboration,” Mr. Casanova said.

The agreement calls for BCDA to set aside a five-hectare parcel for the PSHS Central Luzon Campus Extension within Clark Green City.

The agency previously signed a deal with earlier locators University of the Philippines and Technological University of the Philippines. The two will be the first to benefit from the initial phase of the development project,which includes the building of the utilities network, water lines and transport system.

Under the agreement, BCDA will also earmark up to P25 million to buy the equipment for the fab lab. The PSHS will manage, operate and maintain the lab.

BCDA said the fab lab is “technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention which provides stimulus for local entrepreneurship and also a platform for learning and innovation.”

It previously said that at full development, Clark Green City will have around 1.12-million residents, 800,000 workers and contribute a gross output of approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the national economy, or roughly a 4% share in the county’s gross domestic product. -- Victor V. Saulon