DepEd hopes for speedy Athletic Bowl rehab

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Friday, June 6, 2014


AFTER the delay in the scheduled oval rehab, the Department of Education- Baguio has raised its concern over the hosting on next year’s Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.

With no clear date of when the project will start, DepEd-Baguio is keeping its fingers crossed in the hope the rehabilitation for the dilapidated Baguio Athletic Bowl will start any time soon.

DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and sports coordinator Fernando Eleponga told Sun.Star Baguio all they can do is wait for the city to take necessary action.

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“Wala naman tayong power over those things, so maybe for the meantime all we have to do is wait for the city officials to really look for strategized solutions regarding the improvement of the city’s sport facility,” Eleponga said.

According to Eleponga, the department will be looking for other venues in the city just in case the Baguio Athletic Bowl will still be unavailable by January.

“We can house the activity sa ibang venue, although alam naman natin na hindi ang city ang may ari ng mga ibang facility,” Eleponga quipped.

He said the department’s last resort will be renting the track oval of the Teachers Camp managed by the Philippine Sports Commission.

“Mahirap din kasi na ganapin ang CARAA sa athletic bowl in its dire state, we are the host of a sports activity na region wide and mostly mga bata ang involved,” said Eleponga.

“Not to mention that our oval does not meet the necessary standards to really house huge sport events,” Eleponga added.

He mentioned those are just preliminary proposals just in case setbacks are encountered.

Aside from the completion of the project, Eleponga raised the issue conveyed by local coaches on the quality of the structuring if the project will undergo rerhabilitation.

He said the contractors for the project should also look into the high standards of the improvements to guarantee a long-term use.

Meanwhile, the city still awaits the approval from the Department of Budget and Management for the proposed project to commence.

Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr., who brought the proposal for the rehabilitation through the Department of Public Works and Highways, said the project may proceed around the third quarter of this year.

The Congressman said once DBM puts a nod on the re-alignment of the budget, they will pursue a 24-hour based construction.

The earmarked allocation for the first phase of the oval rehab amounts to a total of P31 million, where P14.7 was taken from the DPWH while the local government promised to back it with another P17 million as a supplemental budget.

The said amount will be used to cover the oval field with tartan tracks including construction of a new stage and improvement of water drainage inside the Athletic Bowl.

Aside from the P31 million, the city also earmarked earlier this year another P8 million to replace the swimming pool’s heating system
According to Aliping, he already submitted a request to DPWH for another P20 million allocation in 2015 to be used as an additional funding for the area’s second phase improvements.

Close to 5,000 total delegations from the seven different school divisions of the region will be housed when CARAA meet opens February 7next year.

Baguio City will eye to set records anew after taking the overall crown this year bagging a total of 204 gold, 89 silver, and 39 bronze medals.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 07, 2014.

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