BCDA invites Shell to invest in New Clark City

Energy company renews lease contract for C5 LogCom property

BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan (second from the right) and Pilipinas Shell General Manager Mobility Philippines Randolph T. Del Valle (center) lead the ceremonial signing of the Contract of Lease for the use of a property along C-5 Road, LogCom, Aranai in Taguig City as a full-service Shell mobility station. BCDA Executive Vice President Aileen R. Zosa (rightmost), Pilipinas Shell Network Development Manager Maite Iturralde (leftmost) and Pilipinas Shell Network Delivery Manager Danny Siapuatco (second from the left) serve as witnesses. The signing event was held last March 31 at Shangri-La The Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

CLARK – Impressed by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.’s (PSPC) sustainability thrust, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority invited the energy company to explore an opportunity for partnership with the New Clark City, BCDA’s inclusive, sustainable and smart city development in Capas, Tarlac.

This was gleaned after the BCDA and PSPC renewed their partnership for the energy company’s use of a property along Circumferential Road 5 (C-5 Road) in Taguig City as a full-service mobility station.

BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan and Pilipinas Shell General Manager Mobility Philippines Randolph T. Del Valle on March 31 led the ceremonial contract signing, which extended for another 20 years PSPC’s lease of a 7,497-square-meter (sqm.) land along C-5 Road, LogCom, Aranai, including structures with a gross floor area of 750 sqm.

Under its proposed development plan, PSPC seeks to upgrade its mobility station in line with its future site design, introducing offers to address the needs of motorists and communities, while also incorporating sustainability initiatives.

The renovated station is envisioned to offer add-on facilities for motorists, including a Shell Select convenience store, Shell Car Wash, Shell Helix Oil Change facility, Shell Advance MotoCare Express, a lounge, and parking spaces. It will also have space for co-locators, such as restaurants and cafes.

The site’s design incorporates various green elements like solar panels that greatly reduce the site’s overall electrical consumption, a green wall to offset carbon emissions from vehicles, grasscrete, ecoslab, and furniture made with upcycled single-use plastic. In anticipation of the growth of the electric vehicle market, space is also allotted for Electric Vehicle Charging (Shell Recharge).

“I’m happy to know that Shell is giving back to the environment. Your progressive thinking, your sustainable principles–which I’m sure you advocate and adhere to–are really the right fit for New Clark City,” BCDA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Aileen Zosa said.

Del Valle welcomed Zosa’s remarks, adding that Shell already has a wealth of experience working with various smart cities in other parts of the globe.

“With the expertise of BCDA from a location and development perspective, and the expertise of Shell in terms of supporting mobility, we can co-create and co-develop future-proof locations in New Clark City,” he said.

Meanwhile, Batuhan said more than 20 years have passed since BCDA and Pilipinas Shell first entered into a public-private partnership for the lease of this property.

“We consider this as a successful partnership, allowing BCDA and the government to generate additional revenues for the Filipino people year after year,” he said.

He added: “Achieving this again through the renewal contract is imperative. It will enable the government to beef up its coffers, no matter how modest, at a time when Filipinos are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the conflict in Ukraine.”

Pilipinas Shell also commits to invest P80 to 100 million for the improvement and redevelopment of its existing mobility station on the site and the inclusion of value-added services.

“C5 is a very important thoroughfare that connects people from the north and south, and we want to make the journey better and hassle-free for everyone. Our mobility stations are strategically located to make sure that we cater to every community. This C5 location is ideal because we can serve the various surrounding communities not only with fuels, but with other relevant products and services,” Del Valle said.

“Our investments are geared for the community. Shell aims to power progress of the Philippines, and in this case, we are powering progress for people from Metro Manila, Taguig, and around the country,” he continued.

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