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BerthaPhil, health services firm sign $1-M accord

San Fernando City, Pampanga (13 August) -- One of Clark Freeport's pioneering locators and a health services firm recently signed an agreement for the establishment of a $1million, high-technology medical facility inside the Freeport, the Clark development Corporation (CDC) announced.

Berthaphil and Ardi Health Services, Inc. signed a sub-lease agreement for the establishment of a medical park that will house hi-tech facilities that prioritizes CDC and Clark employees.

The CDC said Ardi Health services will focus on Ambulatory Care Services that boast of four centers - dialysis, general services, dental and eye care.

"The centers boast of 10 dialysis machines while the entire facility will be manned by at least 20 specialists," said Dr. Cenon Alfonso, president and chief executive officer of Ardi Health Services.

Alfonso added that Ardi Health Services will establish the centers in a 2,000 square meter area inside the Berthaphil III business park.

The CDC said the accord was signed by Alfonso, Berthaphil President and General Manager Elizabeth Castro and was witnessed by newly-appointed CDC President Benigno Ricafort and Berthaphil US Representative Peter Herman.

The event was also witnessed by Ardi physicians Ernesto Isada, Rosario Isada, Felicitas Lector, Noel Lacsamana, Raymond Mallari, Engineer Danilo Ferrer and Perry Bautista.

The CDC and Berthaphil earlier signed a $1M lease agreement in New York City that will pave the way for the development of a 58-hectare area into a suppliers' park for Texas Instruments (TI), one of the leading microchips manufacturer in the world.

Herman said Berthaphil has already guaranteed that 12 multinational firms, suppliers, and business partners of TI will locate in Clark even while construction work at TI is ongoing.

He added that the projected investments to be infused by suppliers is about $40 million and exports amounting to $20 million annually generating about 2,000 new jobs once the park is operational.

Berthaphil and other potential business partners, on the other hand, expect projected investments to reach $60 million, creating 3,500 new jobs and generating aggregate exports amounting to $30 million yearly once the park is fully occupied.

Other potential companies of the suppliers' park shall complement the Clark Investment Priority List and Master Plan to increase exports, ensure quality job generation and promote Clark as the most preferred investment destination in Southeast Asia.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo witnessed the signing between resigned CDC President Liberato P. Laus and Berthaphil founder and chairman Andre Hercz at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. (CDC/PIA Pampanga) [top]

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