THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expects to complete the rehabilitation of the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex by the end of this month.
This, as actual inspection of the project showed that the level of completion is now at 97 percent as of Saturday, September 22.
The inspection was spearheaded by Mayor Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar together with DPWH Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Max Carvajal and DPWH Region Director Cayamombao Diya and other city and department officials including the private contractor.
Salazar said the project, costing P196 million is undertaken by the DPWH through a private contractor, the RCDG Construction firm.
The mayor said that the remaining 3 percent of the construction works will be completed by the end of this month based on the assessment of the DPWH.
Rushing completion are the installation of artificial grass and the completion of the sepak takraw and volleyball courts including the training facility.
Salazar urged the DPWH to fast track the completion as she tasked City Engineer Christopher Navarro and Assistant City Administrator Cesar Raz to ensure that the project is structurally fit and that all requirements including lighting facilities and other amenities are met before the city government accepts the project.
The sports complex was damaged as it was used as the main evacuation center during the September 2013 Zamboanga siege. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)