THE Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) Baguio City Engineering Office is hoping the rainless interlude provided by the El Niño will give it enough time to finish the renovation of the Athletic Bowl before the year ends.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has predicted the present El Niño episode to be one of the worst in recent years and warned of a dry spell that could last until the second quarter of next year.

But DPWH District Engineer Alexander Castañeda sees the bright side of it, saying the rainless days will enable work on the city-owned sports facility to continue without interruptions.

“Hopefully, the forecast of Pagasa will be accurate, that there will be scarcity of rainfall in the next few months, so that we could already finish what we have to finish here,” Castañeda said.

A new synthetic track for the Athletic Bowl oval cannot be installed unless the concrete base is fully dry, he said.

“The only reason why we could not really start with the installation of the rubber track is that we are bound by a settlement with the supplier of the materials that the track can only be fitted with the pavement totally dry,” Castañeda explained.

The Athletic Bowl will be the main venue of the 2015 Palarong Panglunsod in December and the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet in February.