City preps for grandstand rehab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:16

By Jasmine Mohammadsali

The City Government will be proceeding with the rehabilitation of the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex following its clearing and closure slated sometime this month.

The total rehabilitation cost for the complex is P335M but the available funding based on the post conflict and needs assessment (PCNA) is only P214M. The city government will have to make representations with the Office of the President for the additional funding.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the Grandstand rehabilitation will come at the heels of the complex’s impending closure as an evacuation center once its occupants – roughly 678 IDP families – have transferred to other shelter sites.

With the exception of some families who will remain at the Don Navarro area, the local government expects to have the Grandstand area cleared and closed by the end of the month.

Yesterday, May 18, around 180 families transferred out of the Sports Complex, with more to follow in the coming days as the local government fast tracks the preparation of alternative shelter sites in order to clear the Grandstand and pave the way for its rehabilitation.

Last week, Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, head of the temporary shelter cluster, stated that most families in Grandstand have expressed willingness to voluntarily move to the transitory sites either at Masepla in Mampang or in Taluksangay as soon as temporary shelters are made available for them.

With the recent approval of the bridging fund of P50 million by Malacañang, Climaco said the concern now is on the downloading process which is why the local government is expediting the implementation of the components of the Z3R plans as well as asking agencies to front-end their budgets.

When asked if the rehabilitation timeline will be affected by the election ban for the forthcoming 2016 elections, Climaco said the projects are on track.

“It will be on the timeframe,” she said, but added the local government unit is focused on the immediate transfer of IDPs to permanent locations with minimum standards of occupancy. — Jasmine Mohammadsali