THE Philippine Sports Commission will no longer spend money in acquiring property and building a national sports training center.
The Bases Conversion Development Authority has provided them the right to use a 50-hectare area inside a 9,450-hectare property in Capas, Tarlac.
Since last year, the property is being developed by the BCDA under the Clark Green City project.
PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said they were given usufructuary rights to manage and control the sports facility that the BCDA will construct in the area.
Usufruct or usufructuary rights gives a right to enjoy the property of another with the obligation of preserving its form and substance.
The PSC, whose four commissioners finally got confirmation on their appointments late Thursday, is set to meet on the BCDA’s offer.
Ramirez received word on the inclusion of a sports facility in the Clark Green City project following an initial meeting with presidential executive Salvador Medialdea and newly named BCDA president Vivencio Dizon Friday morning at the BCDA offices in Taguig City.
“For me, this development is a continuation of the previous administration’s efforts, and there is such a plan during that time. We would like to pursue that. And for us, we are very positive about this because the BCDA is very positive about this,” said Ramirez.
The sports facility, which is known as the Olympic Village under the BCDA’s master plan, will have a budget allocation of at least P3 billion and as much as P6 billion.
The undertaking is expected to be completed inside the 6-year period of the Duterte administration.
Once the facility becomes under the PSC’s management and control, Ramirez said they can either call it the Olympic Village or the Philippine Sports Institute.
The proposed facility will have a PSC administration building, a track oval and bleacher section at first.
Meanwhile, commissioner Ramon Fernandez said he is glad that he and the four commissioners have finally gotten confirmation from Malacañang.
“This is our first official day. We will now read through the memos and look at papers to catch up on the requests,” said Fernandez, who was around with fellow commissioners Celia Kiram, Charles Maxey and Arnold Agustin.