BEFORE his last term ends, City of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong unveiled P152.5 million worth of projects, including a sports oval that cost P68 million to build.
Chiong and other city officials opened to the public the Teodoro Mendiola Sr. Sports Field and Oval in Barangay North Poblacion last Tuesday.
The mayor hopes the oval will motivate their constituents to be more health-conscious.
The oval, which sits on a two-hectare property near the Naga Central School, was named after Chiong’s late grandfather, who served as “presidente municipal” of the town of Naga from 1926 to 1929.
The title, used during the Spanish occupation, referred to what we know these days as the town mayor.
Fr. Orlando Ruiz IV, team moderator of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish, blessed the facility. A group of runners led by Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella attended the blessing and inauguration of the new facility.
In an interview, Chiong told Sun.Star Cebu that they plan to charge users a P10 entrance fee, which will be used for the upkeep of the oval.
Residents of the city will be given a discount, provided they can show proof of identification.
Now that the City has an oval, Chiong said they are ready to host the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) in February next year.
They already committed to the Department of Education (DepEd) that they will make the venue available for the event.
Aside from the oval, city officials also unveiled the new covered tennis court worth P19.5 million.
Chiong said they are also awaiting the completion of the City’s Olympic-size swimming pool. They are also set to construct a new volleyball court and basketball court at the sports oval.
Also last Tuesday, city officials unveiled the City’s new public market in Barangay South Poblacion.
The market, worth P65 million, will have 49 stores selling assorted goods, 16 stalls at the meat section, 75 stalls at the fish section and 48 stalls for fruits and vegetables. There are other spaces and stalls for rent on the market’s second floor. The new market also has its own wastewater treatment facility.