DepEd airs concern over Athletic Bowl

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Friday, February 14, 2014


BAGUIO’S Athletic Bowl condition remains to be the biggest concern raised by the Department of Education in the city for the hosting of Cordillera Administrative Region Athletics Association next year.

“Isa sa mga kinatatakot ko for our hosting of CARAA ay baka bumigay na yung ating mga bleachers,” said DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and Sports coordinator Fernando Eleponga.

“Baka kasi biglang bumigay o magiba yung mga upuan natin doon and for sure magiging malaking issue yun,” Eleponga added.

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The Summer Capital is expected to house more than 5,000 delegates coming from six provinces of the region in the largest sports gathering for elementary and high school athletes.

Eliponga meanwhile said the sports facility has been home to numerous events, including the flower festival which draws thousands and thousands of visitors but the more than five decade ahtlitc bowl has yet to see major facelift.

“Kung sabi nila talagang sports and recreation dapat sports and recreations lang, ang dami kasing ibang gumagamit sa oval even sa Melvin Jones,” Eleponga quipped.

But the MAPEH supervisor said he cannot blame the city government for the multi use of Baguio’s track oval adding they should also look for ways to improve the bowl.

“Siyempre hindi natin masisisi ang city dahil kailangan din nilang magkaroon ng income, pero siguro they should spare the Athletic Bowl para talagang ma-improve,” Eleponga said.

Although there is no final resolve om the matter, Eleponga said things will be ready in time for the annual regional sports event.
“Aside sa nasabi kong problema, lahat naman ng angle is okay and I think everything is in proper place,” Eleponga closed.

Back in 2012, Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced plans of three developers, including a Filipino-Korean investor, to infuse P4.3 billion to develop the Baguio Athletic Bowl and Burnham Park.

The mayor then said the rehabilitation of the Baguio Athletic Bowl will be one of the components of the Comprehensive Development Plan of Burnham Park with the aim of improving the area as a premiere tourist destination and the Athletic Bowl as world-class sports center for the city.
The mayor added the development will be done through a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme under the revised Private-Public Partnership Law being advocated by the National Government.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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