Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

DA, BCDA MOA Signing for ABC and NSTP (Dec. 18, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 18 December 2020

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vivencio Dizon signed on December 18, 2020 the Memorandum of Agreement for the development of the New Clark City Agro-Industrial Business Corridor (ABC) and National Seed Technology Park (NSTP).

Secretary Dar said the project with an initial funding of P285 million would lay the foundation for the future of the Philippine agriculture.

The NSTP is the first activity under the DA and BCDA partnership to establish the country’s first ABC at a 50-hectare area located at the New Clark City. Phase 1 of the project will cover a seven-hectare portion of the property to be operated by DA for the NSTP components such as seed laboratory, incubation hubs, machinery shed, soil and water chemistry laboratory, and other support facilities.

BCDA will develop the second phase of the project covering 43 hectares for commercial components and purposes for agribusiness developments including downstream and upstream linkages in the agricultural value chains. During the event, Secretary Dar also shared his vision and plans for the Philippine Future Agriculture Research Institute that could be developed at the technological park and innovation hub in Morong, Bataan. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)