Baguio council pitches support for Bowl rehab

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


THE Baguio City Council on Monday gave their thumbs-up for the rehabilitation of the Baguio Athletic Bowl, which starts second week of September.

During the regular council session, the councilors agreed to back the first phase of the repair for the city owned sports arena.

The motion to proceed with the development got the nod of 11 lawmakers.

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Despite raising a recommendation to suspend the implementation of the project due to the non-existence of a master plan to be followed, the city council was swayed to give their blessing on the rehab.

BCDEO District Engineer Alexander Castañeda said the plan will have start as the earmarked P14.7 budget from DPWH will have to be distributed before the end of the year.

“The P14.7 million funds from the DPWH is part of the annual allocation for the city, if the budget will not be used until December the national office of DPWH will have to collect it back,” Castañeda said.

According to the plan presented by DPWH-CAR, the funding will be used for the reconstruction of the oval’s bleachers and building of a grandstand.

According to DPWH-CAR, the old bleachers will be demolished and will be replaced with new materials.

Castañeda said the cost of the project will only cover 96 meters of the main bleachers, 32 meters short from the actual length of 128 meters.

“The budget will only fit to develop around 75 percent of the bleachers, unless we can source more funds to fully cover for the expenses the continuation of the said project will have to wait,” Castañeda quipped.

He said the implementation of the development will take effect at least a month after awarding the project to the winning contractor.

Meanwhile, the City Building and Architects Office awaits the release of the supplemental fund from the city as they are in charged with the installation of tartan tracks and development of the main oval.

CBAO is presently waiting for Mayor Mauricio Domogan to sign the P100 million supplemental fund.

“As soon as the funding will be approved we can also start with improving the oval area,” CBAO Head for Planning, Design, & Construction Division architect Johnny Degay said.

The city is rushing to finish the first phase improvements as it host the annual Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association February of next year where some 5,000 delegates are expected to come from the different provinces of the Cordillera.

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

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