CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Third district Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. led Friday the inauguration of the newly constructed covered court in Barangay Sta. Teresita here.

The P5 million worth infrastructure, according to Gonzales, would become an effective focal point for sports and civic activities of the barangay.

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He said it has been the long clamor of local officials here to have their own covered court.

"We answered their wish and now, the community would be able to hold social gatherings and development programs here," Gonzales said.

He also reported that 90 percent of all 105 barangays in San Fernando now have their own covered courts, adding that some five other covered courts are being constructed in this city and nearby Mexico town.

Gonzales said that impact projects like covered courts are flag ship projects that aim to provide residents of conducive facilities for sports activities and public assemblies. He, however, said the responsibility of maintaining the facility would rest on the barangay officials and residents.

Barangay chairman Arthur Pacheco, for his part, said the barangay would keep the facility up to tip-top shape.

Pacheco thanked Gonzales for making the barangay covered court into reality, especially in time with their barangay fiesta.

"This year's fiesta celebration is different because today, we mark another milestone in our barangay history as we inaugurate our new covered court," Pacheco said.

The barangay executive added that this facility is considered one of the best “tangible projects” in the city, where the social, cultural, political and sports activities of the barangay could be held "rain or shine."

"I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to our beloved Congressman Gonzales for making our dream come true,” Pacheco said. (IOF)