Building of Davao City's sports complex soon to start

Subscribe Now January 19, 2015 at 08:30am

Third District Rep. Isidro "Sid" Ungab bared this in a phone
interview with Sun.Star Davao Saturday morning. He attended a recent meeting here with UP Mindanao officials and the city government of Davao, represented by Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD­CMO) officer­in­charge William "Butch" Ramirez, recently.

"Ginahimuan pa ug ang architectural designs then ready na for building. Duna namay kwarta kay naapil na sa 2015 budget, andam na para sa pagpahimo (The architectural designs are still being made so we can start building. We already have money, it's been included in the 2015 budget, ready for the construction)," Ungab said.

He also said, "It's a dream come true. Dugay na namo ning damgo ni Mayor Rody ug sa UP. Makumpleto ang construction isa o duha ka tuig (This has been a long time dream for me, Mayor Rody Duterte and UP. Construction will be completed one to two years)."

The sports complex, according to him, will cost between P250 to P300 million. The P50 million will be for a huge coliseum, big enough to fit three basketball courts, and it will also have movable chairs. The coliseum will host basketball and volleyball events and other indoor sports. The P100 million will be used to build a modern rubberized track oval with a main grandstand where athletics, baseball and football events may be staged. The rest of the budget will be spent for road works, beautification, overall facade and utilities, among others.

But Ungab said the building of an Olympic­size swimming pool will be shouldered by the city as they have agreed.

While others think that the site of the facility is not accessible or far from the downtown area, Ungab countered that some sports complex of cities in the country and in other parts of the world are even located farther, citing Darwin in Northern Territory, Australia that used to host the Arafura Games.

"Asa paman ta makakita pud ug 20 hektarya nga yuta nga libre?

Gusto man gud sa kadaghanan kanang naa ra sa backyard. Mas duol pa gihapon diha sa Mintal kumpara sa ubang sports complex naa ang ubang lugar diri sa nasud o sa laing nasud (Where can you find a 20­hectare land for free?
Most of us want a sports complex just right in the backyard. But Mintal is still nearer compared to other sites of sports complex in other areas here or those abroad)," Ungab added.

The sports complex will have two entrances, one in Mintal and one in Manambulan in Toril.

He went on saying, "Pag mahuman na atong sports complex, pwede nata mag host ug Palarong Pambansa sa sunod (We can host Palarong Pambansa in the future when our sports complex is finished)."

Davao del Norte is hosting the 2015 edition of the Palarong Pambansa on May 3 to 9. The province won its bid to host the Palaro with its modern and standard facilities at the Tagum City Sports and Tourism Complex.


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