City sports com­plex track oval re­opens to pub­lic

Palawan News - - CITY - By Rachel Ganan­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Af­ter nine months of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion that was de­layed by un­co­op­er­a­tive weat her con­di­tion, the 7,500-square me­ter oval track at the Ramon V. Mi­tra Sports Com­plex (RVMSC) will re­open to the pub­lic on Mon­day. Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron, who led the re­open­ing on Satur­day, said the pub­lic can now use the new blue syn­thetic oval track ef­fec­tive November 5. Bay­ron said the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the oval track is in line with the city’s plan to trans­form it ac­cord­ing to the en­vi­sioned Balay­ong Park. “Ang project natin dito ay gagawin na fit­ness park para ma-eng­ganyo ang mga kababayan natin na lagi sila mag-ex­er­cise dito para lagi silang fit. Kasi kung fit ang ma­ma­mayan, ma­g­a­nda ‘yong health nila, hindi rin tayo masyadong mamom­rob­lema,” Bay­ron said. The blue syn­thetic rub­ber that was used to cover the oval track sur­face is world-stan­dard, Bay­ron said and ap­proved by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion (IAAF), the or­ga­ni­za­tion that holds sports com­pe­ti­tion pro­grams. Gre­go­rio Aus­tria, City Sports Of­fice ( CSO) di­rec­tor said the oval is good for any weather and will last longer com­pared to the tar­tan that was used be­fore. Aus­tria said the city govern­ment also fixed the drainage sys­tem to re­solve the prob­lem of flood­ing dur­ing the rainy sea­son. He also said the re­pair of the oval track would help the city in bid­ding for na­tional games like Batang Pinoy and Palarong Pam­bansa in 2020. “Unang-una health rea­sons, kasi kung mag-e-ex­er­cise ka li­bre na­man, pwede nila mag­a­mit ‘yan. Medyo malak­ing ha­laga ang gin­u­gol natin dyan from tax pay­ers’ money kaya sana na­man nasa tamang pag-gamit, paabutin natin kasi hope­fully by 2020, makuha natin ang Palarong Pam­bansa,” Aus­tria pointed out. The re­pair of the sports com­plex’ oval track started in Fe­bru­ary this year with a bud­get of P79 mil­lion. It was ex­pected to be com­pleted in Au­gust this year, but the changes in weather con­di­tion caused a de­lay, he said. Aus­tria said rules will be im­ple­mented like the shoes that should be used in the oval track, the bring­ing of pets in­side, and rid­ing bi­cy­cles to main­tain its quality be­fore 2020’s Palarong Pam­bansa. He en­cour­aged the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate in the for­mu­la­tion of the poli­cies on its use and to help lobby in the City Coun­cil for its pas­sage. Aus­tria also said that the city govern­ment is now plan­ning to re­pair the swim­ming pool be­cause it has be­come out­dated and no longer fit the stan­dard of those be­ing used in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. He said an­other plan is to add a 25-me­ter pool be­side the two that would un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and con­struct an in­door sports build­ing for bad­minton and ta­ble ten­nis that will be com­pleted in 2019. “Hope­fully, itong 2019 kung tayo’y magbi-bid para sa Palarong Pam­bansa, i-in­spec­tion nila ang fa­cil­i­ties so we have to fin­ish it be­fore 2020. Sana next year ay mag-full blast na ang re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion nito,” he added.

Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron re­opens the Ramon V. Mi­tra Sports Com­plex oval track with its new blue syn­thetic sur­face.

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