CIAC cites ₱20.5B DITO investments
By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) lauded DITO Telecommunity Corp.’s ₱20.5 Billion infrastructure investment in Clark as “a welcome respite to interrupted businesses because of the pandemic.” DITO’s Google campusinspired data center which recently broke ground at the Clark Global City will further boost business activities in Clark, according to CIAC president Aaron Aquino. The mixed-use business district, Clark Global City, is located within the Clark Civil Aviation Complex owned and managed by the CIAC. “The government needs to keep the economy running even as we battle the pandemic and DITO’s ideal investment here at the strategic and disasterresilient Clark Global City has a cascading impact on driving employment and attracting multiple local and foreign investments,” he explained. The aviation complex is also home to the privatelyrun Clark International Airport, transport hubs, and several locators in cargo and aviation-related businesses. “There’s a sharp growth in the consumption of communications services and DITO showcases the importance of always-on connectivity and job generation," Aquino pointed out. DITO is initially investing ₱13.6-billion in the first year, with an additional ₱6.9 billion in the subsequent four years. The telco is hiring 800 workers in the first year, most likely residents of cities and towns surrounding Clark, and up to 4,500 locals on its fifth year of operations. Aside from the state-ofthe-art data center, DITO’s eight-hectare operations center will include a servecall center, a regional center and a research and development facility.