Baguio okays bid for swimming pool heater

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Monday, June 16, 2014


THE projected repair of the city’s swimming pool will soon get underway as the city pushes for the speedy renovation.

City Sports Coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales told Sun.Star Baguio the proposed bidding for the sports facility’s heating system has already been reviewed by the mayor’s office.

According to Gonzales, the office of the mayor has already signed a memorandum to bid out the project to interested contractors.

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“The mayor’s office has already given the go signal to take an immediate action pursuing the completion of the project,” Gonzales said.

According to the sports coordinator, several project proposals were already presented prior to approval of the memorandum by the mayor.

“This will be simply a matter of picking the best suited and well-presented proposal among the interested contractors,” said Gonzales.

“All are really buying to get it however we still put into consideration the best offer. We don’t want a faulty machine that would only last for a short of time considering this will cost a lot of money from the city budget,” Gonzales added.

Earlier this year, a sum of P8 million was earmarked by the city sports office to cover for the proposed replacement of the facility’s faulty heating system.

The city-owned Olympic size pool, which has been dead with its heating system since 2010, is the only haven for local swimming athletes particularly children in elementary and secondary school.

Gonzales said earlier the city was looking into possibilities of selling the damaged water heating system to the winning contractor to help augment the funding for the replacement.

He added if immediately taken into action, it will only take less than two months before a fully functioning pool will be enjoyed by local athletes.

“If it will start right away maybe in two months’ time it will be immediately reopened, hopefully before the fourth quarter it will be used by our athletes in time for CARAA next year,” Gonzales quipped.
Together with the P8 million water heater replacement budget, the City Council also approved another P9.8 million budget for sports maintenance and activities for 2014.

Meanwhile, the city also expects the speedy approval from the Department of Budget and Management to start the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Baguio Athletic Bowl in time for the city's hosting of the 2015 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.

According to the project proposal under the Department of Public Works and Highways, the first phase of the renovation for the city’s oval include repair of its drainage system, construction of a new grand stand, and placement of tartan tracks.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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