Rehab works for Baguio athletic bowl set this year

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


THE planned rehabilitation of the Baguio Athletic Bowl will soon push through as funds for its development are already in the works.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Weekly Ugnayan said funds needed to upgrade the track and field Oval is estimated to cost P31 million and P14.7 million will come from Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr.

"The priority is the installation of tartan tracks in the oval, the concreting and rehabilitation of its canals to include changing the roofing and posts in the view deck," Domogan said.

It can be recalled that Aliping solicited fund support from the Senate in a bid to totally rehabilitate the athletic bowl into a world class sports facility.

Domogan added additional funds will have to be sourced-out from the city.
The mayor also said once the upgrade for the athletic oval is complete, this will no longer be used as race track during the conduct of the Pony Boy’s Day, however, other city activities can still be accommodated.

The city is targeting this year to start rehabilitation works of the athletic bowl in preparation for the hosting of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet which is slated next year.

The mayor also met with proponents of the US based Solar Energy Company who has expressed interest in providing solar power technology to the city last week.

"I have already asked the company to consider installing the technology to heat-up the city's swimming pool and power-up the City Hall as a test site," Domogan added.

The company promises clean energy and huge savings on electricity bills for the city when installed.

A fund of P8 million is also budgeted this year for the swimming pool heater.

Meantime, the city is still open to developers for a Private Public Partnership in line with the Comprehensive Development Plan of Burnham Park.

Earlier, three developers expressed interest to partner with the city in developing the area as a world-class sports complex.

The development is targeted to be a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme under the revised Private-Public Partnership Law.

The National Economic and Development Authority will review the plan in case the city government will authorize any investor to develop the facility.

It will pass thru the City Development Council and the Regional Development Council for review before a final approval by the Investment Coordination Committee is achieved.

Once the plan is meritorious, it will be subjected to competitive bidding. (Paul Rillorta)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 13, 2014.

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