October 13, 2019
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has given the greenlight to the proposed “hybrid scheme” to develop Nayong Pilipino, Malacañang said on Saturday.
Duterte made the approval during the 42nd Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on Friday.
In a statement, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat, along with Nayong Pilipino Executive Director Michelle Aguilar-Ong, reported on the development of the park in Parañaque.
“It was approved that there will be a hybrid scheme to develop the Nayong Pilipino Cultural Park and Recreation Facility which means that the government will shoulder its construction and that the Bases Conversion and Development Authority will bid out its operations and management,” Panelo said.
Ong had said the Nayong Pilipino, a theme park showcasing Filipino culture, would be relaunched on October 28 under a new name: Nayon Clark Park.
She said several facilities of the 5.6-hectare park were currently undergoing renovation and improvements, including the theater area.
Upon reopening, the theater is intended to be used for daily cultural shows, while the food park will also have stalls for souvenir and novelty items.
The lagoon, one of the main attractions when Expo Pilipino was established in 1998, will also be used for entertainment purposes, according to Ong.
Nayong Pilipino will also be launching a new logo featuring the Vanda Sanderiana flower, an orchid commonly known in the Philippines as waling-waling.
Nayong Pilipino, originally located in the capital near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, was transferred to Clark in July 2002 and reopened in 2007. It is popular for replicas and miniatures of Philippine tourist destinations and indigenous people villages.
With the relaunch, Ong said Nayong Pilipino would be “aggressive in marketing the new theme park, targeting not only students and educational field trips but also for tourism activities replicating the meeting, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) thrust of Clark Development Corporation.”
Aside from the development of Nayong Pilipino, Panelo reported that the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 fire, the declining price of palay, and the reemergence of polio in the country were also discussed at Friday’s Cabinet meeting
Panelo said Light Railway Transit Authority Administrator Reynaldo Berroya and Corporate Secretary Hernando Cabrera reported on the incident at the LRT-2 rectifier substation last October 3.
He said that while repair and replacement of the component were ongoing, LRTA and the Department of Transportation (DoT) would continue bus augmentation for commuters from Santolan to Cubao.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT), and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) have also participated in the bus augmentation, he added.
Panelo said Agriculture Secretary William Dar enumerated the measures done by his department to address the declining price of palay.
“These include: increase in the number of National Food Authority’s palay buying stations to service more farmers; issuance of NFA rice coupons; and investigation of rice cartels, hoarding and price manipulation,” Panelo said.
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