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New CDC prexy bares strategy for Clark

San Fernando City, Pampanga (13 August) -- Newly-appointed Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Benigno N. Ricafort revealed plans for the development of Clark citing "participative management" as his strategy to effectively manage the Freeport.

Ricafort, who replaced businessman Liberato P. Laus, stressed that participative management is enjoining "full cooperation and support" of all Clark stakeholders noting that this will be his trademark for the Clark Freeport.

To further achieve participative management, Ricafort said he will promote the principle of networking among CDC employees and officials "to create a greater community image for the Clark Freeport".

Ricafort said he will continue Laus' plans and programs for Clark, including other "worthwhile" projects of past presidents. He made the assurance that he would push for the continuation of past projects that have spurred development inside the Freeport.

"I am not here to outdo whatever the past presidents have done. I am just here to get things done," said Ricafort. He also noted that he will not have a hard time managing the Freeport since "all the groundwork and development plans have all been laid out".

He said that his administration will be bullish in the development of the Sacobia sub-zone, poised as the Clark Freeport's "next frontier", citing the area's potential to attract more companies to invest here.

The new CDC president also expressed his gratitude for the support extended by local officials led by Pampanga congressional representatives Juan Miguel Arroyo of the second district, Carmelo Lazatin of the first district, and Mabalacat Mayor Marino Morales who is co-chair of the Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC).

Morales earlier announced the support of all local government units (LGUs) within the Metro Clark area for Ricafort.

Morales said that Ricafort is accepted by the business community and LGUs, adding that Metro Clark mayors are "relying on his promise that under his term, the CDC will continue to coordinate and cooperate with LGUs". (CDC/PIA Pampanga) [top]

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