BCDA eyes turning Poro Point into 'walkable city'

Posted at 04/10/14 8:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) is planning to develop the former US military base Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union into a business, commercial, and residential district.

BCDA chairman Rolando Gosiengfiao said the proposed “walking city” will be filled with restaurants, commercial centers, business centers, schools, and multi-use areas, which are all connected by a strategically located transit hub.

“We anchored the [plan] on young Filipinos, local tourism, and trading and light industry. In line with that, the developmental blueprint plots Poro Point into four dedicated districts for business, commercial, and residential,” he said.

Phase 1A of the master plan, developed by Palafox Associates, focuses on the 14-hectare area of the Poro Point Lighthouse, while Phase 1B centers on the existing 70-hectare industrial area of the former US station.
The infrastructure development for both phases will cost an estimated P1.3 billion.

Gosiengfiao said the BCDA has already started projects to develop transport systems in San Fernando.

“We have already engaged the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) to perform a study to develop the San Fernando Airport,” said Gosiengfiao.

“The new terminal will be connected to a shopping mall, and underneath it there will be a multi-mode transportation center,” he added.

BCDA has already began projects to improve the road network in the area, which include a road leading to the Poro Point Lighthouse.

“I am very enthusiastic about the master development plan, and I hope Filipinos can see its potential. The long-term development plan is set for 50 years, but we are optimistic that the results will speak for themselves,” said Gosiengfiao.