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Thursday, September 26, 2013
FINALLY the 40-year-old Paglaum Sports Complex will undergo facelift. That's good news.
Perhaps the provincial government, through sports coordinator Angel Verdeflor, could include a "facial" for NOMPAC or better known as Negros Occidental Multi Purpose Activity Center.
As planned, Paglaum's renovation will further strengthen the sports event hosting capability of the province. Its restoration will make it an alternative venue for football competitions which Panaad Park and Stadium have been hosting ever since.
While the Panaad pitch has been suffering from unrested condition after non-stop football tournaments, NOMPAC sad to say is in a sorry state too.
Its parquet floor needs some repair and repainting in order to be presentable and safe for its customers. Whether we like it or not, a provincial or regional meet will use NOMPAC for basketball, volleyball and other indoor sports.
Since NOMPAC has other purposes too, not only for athletes but for government employees and associations, it is a must that it can be given some window dressing too. Some retouching will do the job, after all isn't NOMPAC an income generating unit? The rental fees could have been set aside and budgeted for its maintenance.
Of course, it is another story if the provincial government has a reserved fund for its restoration. People will be overjoyed if the SP could spend time and money for it.
Facelifting Paglaum facility and refurbishing its football, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts give Panaad Stadium some time to rest as Verdeflor said. Repainting NOMPAC's mahogany court will ensure users' safety aside from being an eye sore for spectators and guests.
Mayor Monico Puentevella welcomed the development as he saw as a booster for the city and the province’s sports tourism road map.
As FIFA’s Marketing and TV Committee director, he will and can find ways to help in the rehabilitation of the facility which is closest to the people and more accessible to the public being at the center of the capital of Negros. With a new facility under construction and enclosing Paglaum and with the Capitol's genius for handling its business concerns, the mayor and governor's partnership is a welcome sight for Bacolodnons and Negrenses.
Who would ever thought that the construction of the province's newest project will eliminate the squatters problem surrounding Paglaum? Even the hard-headed stall owners around the facility vanished in no time, not even the previous administration could touch.
If the province will allow at least 200-meter rubberized tracks in Paglaum to serve as alternative training venue athletes in athletics, as suggested by the city' chief executive, then it is not impossible that the other 200 will follow.
We will wait when the facelift starts and the facial too.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 26, 2013.