Councilor wants bowl management transferred

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


WITH the planned improvements set for the city's lone sports arena, Councilor Elmer Datuin is proposing the transfer of the operation and management of the Athletic Bowl to the City Sports Office (CSO).

Datuin, who also heads the Committee on Tourism, Special Events, and Playgrounds penned a resolution for the transfer of the operation and maintenance of the athletic bowl.

Under the current set-up, the Baguio athletic bowl is currently being managed and maintained by the City Environment Office.

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"Who else will be the very rightful administrators of the place but the CSO, actually I do not see any problem to the proposal since capable naman talaga and at the same time alam nila ang dapat na gawin diyan sa Athletic Bowl," Datuin said.

Along with the proposal the councilor earlier requested for P100 million to be used as funding in improving the sports facility.

"If we rehabilitate the area without proper management and maintenance masasayang lang yung ilalagay natin na pondo at the same time hindi magagawa yung intended purpose ng lugar," Datuin said.

“If the city will be able to develop a sports stadium na high standard lahat ng facility, we’d be able to host greater sport events at the same time improve the competence ng mga homegrown athletes natin,” Datuin added.

Once the athletic bowl’s management is turned over, the CSO will be required to define and formulate general guidelines for the sports facility in terms of operation, management and maintenance.

The CSO, under the City Administrator’s Office will be tasked to spearhead the preparation of the athletic bowl as venue for the upcoming 2015 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.

Improvements including establishment of an archery shooting range, construction of access roads, improvement of the track oval, the creation of a new athletic headquarters, and restoration and enhancement of several courts will also be undertaken.

Meanwhile, City Sports Coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said their office is up for a great challenge once the proposal pushes through.

“Masarap mangarap with all the proposed plans lalo na sa improvements sa facility na magagamit ng mga local athletes sana but until then kung talagang ipapasa sa CSO ang management niyan we will just try and support the city sa kung ano man ang future plans nila,” Gonzales said.

“It will still take an extensive planning and construction of everything na gustong makita sa isang magandang sports stadium pero as long it all goes well hindi lang ang CSO ang mag-hihintay but the whole of Baguio lalo na ang sports community natin,” Gonzales added.

Officials from the Summer Capital are currently working for a speedy improvement of the lone sports arena as Baguio City is set to host CARAA 2015 on February.

The City primarily raised P17 million as a supplement to DPWH’s P14.7 million re-aligned budget which will be used for the repairs of the bleachers, construction of a new grandstand, and improvement of drainage systems.

Expected to start later this month will be the replacement of the broken water heater of the city swimming pool where the CSO earmarked another P8 million.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 10, 2014.

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