Baguio earmarks P100M for Athletic Bowl rehab

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


WITH the 2015 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association approaching, Baguio City will earmark a new funding for the improvement and rehabilitation of the Baguio Athletic Bowl.

Local legislators are rushing to process the budget from the city's supplemental fund as the Summer Capital is set to host the regional sports meet February next year.

Councilor Elmer Datuin who also heads the Committee on Tourism, Special Events, and Playgrounds of the council confirmed to Sun.Star Baguio the city is pressing to generate about P100 million to be used in rehabilitating the city’s only sports facility.

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“Yes we are working to get around P100 million in budget for the total rehabilitation of Baguio Athletic Bowl,” Datuin said.

According to Datuin works are underway as the city is targeting to improve the facilities inside the lone city sports arena.

He said the local government is partnering with the City Buildings & Architecture Office (CBAO) in coming up with a project plan that will be the basis of the re-construction of Athletic Bowl.

“So far we are working with CBAO to come up with an original plan to be used on how to totally improve our sports facility,” Datuin said.

“If you notice, mas malaki na ang target na budget natin this time since we are trying to refurbish everything inside athletic bowl but in a step by step basis,” Datuin added.

The alderman mentioned the city will only aim to at least improve the oval tracks and the open ground before January next year.

“We know we are rushing a little bit for CARAA but in good timing we can finish the first phase para may magamit ang mga maglalaro on February, as long as there would be no other problems, susubukan natin na gawing maayos ang Athletic Bowl natin,” Datuin quipped.

Datuin said if the sports facility will be improved and meet the standards, the city will aim to host bigger sports events including the Palarong Pambansa.

Meanwhile, OIC and CBAO Head for Planning, Design, & Construction Division Johnny Degay said their office is still coming up with a master plan for the project.

“We will still discuss this with the city and eventually we can already come up with the best proposal,” Degay said.

According to Degay, an educational institution earlier submitted a proposed master plan but Athletic Bowl was not included.

“Meron na dating ibinigay ang isang educational institution as a master plan, however we cannot adopt it entirely because kulang and hindi particular ang laman nito for the sports facility,” said Degay.

“We will see in the following weeks kung matatapos so that if the budget will be approved and there will be a go signal from the city then we will proceed with the improvements as soon as possible,” Degay added.

Earlier this year, the Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr. requested some P14.7 re-aligned fund from the Department of Public Works and Highways, which awaits nod from the Department of Budget and Management and will be used for the repairs of the impaired bleachers and improvement of drainage systems.

The City primarily raised P17 million as a supplement to DPWH’s project excluding the P8 million to be used for the replacement of the broken water heater in the city swimming pool.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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