NCIP Statement on the Seven-day Notice to Evacuate by BCDA
1. There is no forcible demolition in New Clark City. The seven-day notice issued by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is a standard follow-up letter sent to all claimants who rejected the financial assistance offered by government.
2. There are no targeted Aeta communities. The notice was given to all claimants to inform of the need to start the construction of the New Clark City to Clark International Airport access road in that particular area.
3. As part of the process, BCDA has always been in consultation with, and seeks the clearance of the Capas local government on these matters.
4. The New Clark City, located within the Clark Special Economic Zone, is a government land owned by BCDA as stipulated in R.A. 7227.
5. There are NO declared ANCESTRAL DOMAINS or Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADT) in the area. Therefore, Aeta communities are not displaced.
6. A financial assistance package amounting to Php300,000 per hectare (or Php30.00/sqm) has been made available by BCDA to all project-affected people, including indigenous peoples (IPs) and farmers even at the start of the development. Relocation sites have also been provided by BCDA WITHIN New Clark City for those whose residential structures were affected.
7. New Clark City continues to provide opportunities for everyone especially for the IPs/farmers who may be affected in the development of roads and other infrastructure.
8. There are 500 aetas employed in the New Clark City project—an opportunity which was not available to them before the development started.
9. Credible institutions such as the Asian Development Bank worked with BCDA in ensuring sustainability and inclusivity of New Clark City.