With 218,100 hectares of land area and 23 cities and municipalities, the Province of Pampanga, known as the business and financial core of the Central and Northern Luzon regions, has been dubbed as the premier Philippine gateway to the Asia Pacific. To maximize Pampanga’s natural and manmade resources, the province will be categorized into four metropolitan clusters. These four clusters will comprise the Pampanga Megalopolis.
A megalopolis is a cluster of metropolitan cities, and the province is envisioned to have the following clusters: 1) agropolis, the center for food production and agri-industrial businesses and research; 2) ecopolis, the center for environmental tourism, education, and natural heritage; 3) aquapolis, the center for waterfront development and marine food production; and 4) aerotropolis, the airport-driven city.
To bring the Pampanga Megalopolis well into the 21st century, an integrated and intermodal mass transportation is proposed. A world class bus rapid transit along MacArthur will connect with the Clark International airport, and terminal stations. These stations will make use of sustainable architectural design and inclusive PWD access, with high passenger convenience, efficiency and comfort.
The potential rise of the Pampanga Megalopolis is limitless. It also has the opportunity to become one of the most livable, sustainable, and resilient places to live in the Philippines.