President Duterte’s allocation of P3.5 billion for the establishment of a Philippine Sports Training Center will come into fruition two years from now or by 2021, after Republic Act 11214 has been fully implemented, an administration lawmaker said.
“There is no wiggling out of this 24-month deadline. If the builders have to work 24/7, they must,” Rep. Mikee Romero said. “A fully-equipped, modern, and accessible national sports training complex has long been on the wish list of the sports community across the country.”
He said the law “does not only bring us closer to realizing the PSTC dream,” it also “sets a hard deadline” which is just six months after the effectivity of the law. “The mandated construction window is 18 months, so total is 24 months or two years.”
By March 2021, Romero said the PSTC for 39 disciplines must be completed and ready for use, and this is where Filipino athletes and coaches engaged in the 39 different international sports disciplines can find their second home.
“The national government is now able to afford the P3.5 billion for the PSTC because of its continuing and progressive economic strength,” Romero said. “Everything about this PSTC must be a labor of love, graft and corruption free, and must meet world-class standards.”
Senator Sonny Angara is the chief sponsor of the PSTC in the Senate while Antipolo City congressman Chiqui Roa Puno and Abono partylist solon Conrado Estrella III have its backing in the House of Representatives.
The PSTC, planned to be built in a 20-hectare sports hub in Rosales, Pangasinan, is envisioned as a state-of-the-art and highly scientific training center wherein facilities and amenities for majority of the sports will be constructed.
It will serve as the official home and primary venue for the development of athletes in the national team and its corresponding training pools along with the sports science and research led the Philippine Sports Institute under the PSC.
A total of P3.5 billion has been earmarked for the construction of the PSTC with the ownership, including all of its facilities and amenities, vested upon the PSC.
“We will be hands-on in overseeing the operation and construction of the PSTC,” said PSC chairman Butch Ramirez.
Among the structures that will rise inside the PSTC are the administration building, athletes and coaches dormitories, baseball field, beach volleyball courts, bowling center, covered swimming and diving pool, football field, gymnastics center;
Multi-purpose gymnasium, rugby pitch, shooting range, tennis courts, velodrome, sports science building, medical center and a multipurpose field for sports such as archery, BMX cycling, lawnballs and petanque, among others.
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