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Clark has an international airport and is near a seaport, making it ideal as an alternate capital. Photo:

The government of The Philippines plans to build an alternate capital in a former US military facility some 64 kilometers northwest of Manila as an insurance against natural disasters, reports

The chosen site, Clark City, was itself damaged 24 years ago when Mount Pinatubo in Pampanga province erupted, covering the air base in ash and destroying buildings.

The Philippines is one of the worst affected countries by storms, volcanoes and other natural disasters. 

“Can we allow the government to be paralyzed in case a disaster strikes Manila?” Arnel Casanova, president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) told Bloomberg in an interview.

“We must have a facility that will allow the government to function with communications, databases, logistics.”

The government of outgoing President Benigno Aquino wants to build facilities in the area to host government agencies, the central bank and financial exchanges, the news agency said.

BCDA, the state manager of former military properties, has discussed the plan with the government agency tasked to manage disaster risk, Casanova said.

The master plan for the Clark Development has been approved by the president, including those for the alternate capital, he said.

Government agencies and the central bank were asked in September to put up business continuity centers in Clark and the BCDA is allotting about 100 hectares (247 acres) to 200 hectares for these, he said.

The stock and fixed-income exchanges and the Treasury will also be invited, he said.

Aquino has made disaster resiliency a priority, particularly after Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people and destroyed an entire city in 2013.

BCDA is planning to build a 170 billion peso (US$3.6 billion), 85 kilometer railway to help connect Clark to Manila, Casanova said.

The agency could implement that via a public-private partnership deal or through a negotiated contract.

When the US military left the air base in 1991, parts of Clark Air Base were used as an economic zone, where the airport is, though most of the area remains undeveloped.

Clark has an international airport and is near Subic seaport, making it ideal as an alternate capital, Casanova said.

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Photo: MJ Roldan / Royal Norwegian Embassy, The Philippines.

The new Royal Norwegian Embassy office was officially inaugurated on 9 March 2015 in its new location at the 12th Floor of the DelRosarioLaw Centre, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Phillippines, reported on it’s website –

Ambassador Erik Førner, Deputy Director General Nils Martin Gunneng of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-owner of the DelRosarioLaw Centre Atty.

Ruben del Rosario took part in the cutting of ribbon to mark the official opening of the new office.        

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Førner took note that the new office promotes a more open environment, which creates an effective communication among staff. The office also offers the finest facilities, modern and new technology, spacious meeting rooms and better internet connection for a more efficient office operations and delivery of services.

“We are very proud of our new office. I think the most important thing we have achieved in the layout is the openness where the barriers between diplomats and staff are reduced significantly”, said Ambassador Erik Førner.

Mr. Gunneng said that the transfer of the Embassy to the Bonifacio Global City marks a new chapter in the longstanding and good bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Norway. He also noted that the investments in a new Embassy is another strong signal of Norway?s long term commitment to the Philippines, as well as to the ASEAN community.

The first full-fledged Embassy was established in 1967 in Damarinas Village. Since then, bilateral relations between the Philippines and Norway have continued to develop and strengthen with the maritime sector in full force and other areas of cooperation have grown.

?Norway has a long term perspective in the Philippines. As other countries may come and go, we stay,? said Ambassador Førner.

The ceremony incorporated the traditional ways of inauguration in the Philippines such as the blessing of facilities by a priest and the throwing of coins to signify continued success. Numerous guests were present to witness the inauguration such as Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, members of the diplomatic corps, Philippine and Norway business sector stakeholders and representatives from the government.

Kilde / Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy, The Philippines:

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#Embassy #Capital #City #Holiday #Philippines #Travel



Se også

Danmark gjenåpnet sin ambassade i Manila på Filippinene 22.januar. Danmark la ned ambassaden i den filippinske hovedstaden i 2002 i forbindelse med innsparingstiltak.

Hovedårsaken til gjenåpningen er de økte handelsforbindelsene mellom de to landene. Dansk eksport til Filippinene økte med 15 prosent fra 2012 til 2013.

Fra før har både Norge og Finland ambassader i Manila, mens Sverige har stengt sin ambassade og dekker Filippinene gjennom sin ambassade i Bangkok. Sverige har et honorært generalkonsulat i Manila.

Denmark reopened its embassy in Manila in the Philippines on 22 January. Denmark closed Down the embassy in the Philippine capital in 2002 due to austerity measures.

The main reason for reopening the embassy is increased trade relations between the two countries. Danish exports to the Philippines increased by 15 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Both Norway and Finland maintains embassies in Manila, while Sweden has closed its embassy and covers Philippines through its embassy in Bangkok. Sweden has a honorary consulate general in Manila.

#Ambassade #Bangkok #Danmark #Filippinene #Finland #Hovedstad #Konsulat #Manila #Norge #Reise #Sverige #Thailand




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Paven i sin “Jeepney”, for anledningen ombygd til en Pavemobil…

Pave Frans 1. talte til minst syv millioner mennesker da han holdt utendørsmesse i Rizal Park ved katedralen i Manila på Filippinene søndag 18.januar. Den 78 år gamle paven var på sitt første offisielle besøk på Filippinene, etter først å ha besøkt Colombo på Sri Lanka.

På avreisedagen blåste og regnet det kraftig i Manila, men flere hundre tusen mennesker trosset værforholdene og møtte opp langs ruten til flyplassen.

Paven var, som svært mange av de frammøtte, ikledd regnfrekk, selvsagt i Vatikanstatens gulfarge, som seg hør og bør. 

Pavens fremkomstmiddel var det heller ikke noe å si på. Vi er blitt vant til å se katolikkenes øverste leder i sin “Popemobile”, så også på Sri Lanka og på Filippinene, men på avreisedagen ble han fraktet til flyplassen i et langt mer lokalt kjøretøy, riktignok ombygd/spesilbygd, som alle filippinere og turister kjenner igjen og har et forhold til, og som er et kjent og kjært innslag i gatebildet, nemlig en såkalt “Jeepney”, noe som vakte stor begeistringg blant de mange frammøtte.

Jeepney er en busstype som brukes i kollektivtrafikken i Manila.

#Reise #Bil #Buss #Colombo #Filippinene #Hovedstad #Katedral #Manila #Paven #SriLanka #Vatikanstaten


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Norges ambassade i Manila (foto: Det Kgl.Utenriksdepartement)

Den norske ambassaden i Manila på Filippinene oppdaterer kontinuerlig nettsidene sine om situasjonen etter tyfonen som herjet i deler av landet nylig.
Norge er det eneste nordiske landet med ambassade i Filippinenes hovedstad, og ambassaden har til en viss grad også ansvar for å hjelpe andre nordiske statsborgere, og har også ansvar for visumsøknader til Danmark, Sverige, Island, Finland og Estland.
Finland sitt konsulat ligger i lokalene til ambassaden.

Nettsiden til ambassaden er:

#Ambassade #Danmark #Estland #Filippinene #Finland #Hovedstad #Island #Konsulat #Manila #Norden #Norge #Sverige #Visum