The Philippine Sports Commission will have more funds that it can use for the renovation and repair work for facilities that are under its care.
A total of P854 million will made available to the government for such an undertaking, which is set to begin in July as the preparations continue for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The PSC received a welcome gift yesterday after Philippine Gaming Corporation chairwoman Andrea Domingo handed over an initial amount, a check worth P800-million.
“We are trying to give you as much (help) as we can,” said Domingo during talks with PSC chairman William Ramirez at the Pagcor executive offices in Pasay City.
So far, repair work will start with the gymnastics facilities inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Makeovers will also be done at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and the Rizal Memorial football and track oval.
Renovations are also scheduled for the Philsports multipurpose arena in Pasig.
“This is a good legacy of Pgcor that under your watch all three facilities will be rehabilitated at this level,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez added that the PAGCOR’s dole out is very important to the agency.
And that’s because the structures concerned have never been rehabilitated in this way, Ramirez explained.
Last March, national athletes residing at the PhilSports Complex were the new recipients scientific nutrition, when the PSC opened its second Nutrition Hall in Pasig.
The PSC also opened a newly-renovated Nutrition Hall at RMSC to help cater to the nutritional needs of national athletes.
Preparations are currently in high gear with the PSC with the SEA Games scheduled from November 30 to December 11 in Subic, Clark, Manila and Cavite.
Aside from the PSC’s efforts, the Department of Public Works and Highways have also pledged to refurbish three venues in Cavite, 13 in Subic and four in Clark.
There are around 400 national athletes who are getting ready for the Games, and the repair work will help their chances of winning medals.
So far, billeting areas at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and PhilSports Complex in Pasig City are now available again for the use of national athletes.
This comes after the facilities were closed down following three months of repairs.
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