Duterte ap­proval needed for PSTC Act

Sun.Star Baguio - - Prime Sports -

MANILA -- Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte just needs to sign the pro­posed Philip­pine Sports Train­ing Cen­ter (PSTC) Act, which was re­cently ap­proved by the bi­cam­eral con­fer­ence com­mit­tee of the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, so that con­struc­tion of the P3.5 bil­lion world class sports fa­cil­ity can start in 2019.

Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) Chair­man William "Butch" Ramirez bared this dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the PSC Con­fer­ence Room, Rizal Memo­rial Sports Com­plex here yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Ramirez, who was joined by PSC Com­mis­sion­ers Ra­mon Fer­nan­dez, Arnold Agustin, Celia Ki­ram and Charles Ray­mond A. Maxey, said, "The Pres­i­dent only needs to sign it then PSC can start bid­ding. Maybe we can start the con­struc­tion mid­dle of 2019 and com­plete it in 2020. Just like the one in Clark that is ex­pected to be fin­ished within a year, per­haps by Septem­ber prior to the SEA Games." He was per­tain­ing to the New Clark City Sports Com­plex that will serve as the pre­mier venue of the 301th South­east Asian (SEA) Games that the the coun­try will host next year.

The PSTC bill was au­thored by Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara and backed by Se­nate sports com­mit­tee chair Sen­a­tor Manny Pac­quiao and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­mit­tee on youth and sports devel­op­ment Rep. Con­rado Estrella III.

Ramirez said the P3.5 bil­lion will be the ini­tial fund­ing for the PSTC that will seat on a 20-hectare lot in Ros­ales, Pan­gasi­nan.

"Magig­ing ba­hagi rin dito ang Gover­nor ng Tar­lac si Gover­nor Su­san Yap. May ilang sports (fa­cil­i­ties) sa Pan­gasi­nan at sa Tar­lac pero ang main hub is Pan­gasi­nan. Ac­cord­ing to the Act, the PSC will have own­er­ship of the land. First time ito kasi PSC does not own the land nang Rizal Memo­rial Sports Com­plex, PhilS­ports Arena and PSC Train­ing Cen­ter in Baguio," the PSC chief said, adding that grass­roots sports and elite pro­grams will ben­e­fit from this mea­sure.

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