Grandstand’s rehab almost to start as funds now ready PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 11:37

by VIC LARATO

 

The rehabilitation of the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan is almost to start as funds for the purpose are already available, according to Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario.

Dr. Apolinario told the press briefing in City Hall Monday that with the availability of funds the next step is to secure the notice of cash allocation, after which the procurement process will begin with publication of the bidding in national newspaper of general circulation.

However, he clarified that he will have to meet first with the regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Jorge Sebastian Jr., to finalize the plans prepared by the City Engineer’s Office.

To recall, the CEO’s plans and estimates to restore the grandstand back to its old glory were endorsed to and subsequently approved by Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Social Welfare Secretary Dingky Soliman.

“But there is still a need for a meeting with Dir. Sebastian to finalize everything in the plans, especially the technical data. Then, we can proceed with the procurement,” Apolinario said, adding that the procurement process takes about a month’s time.

He said the rehabilitation of the grandstand is being rushed up on orders of the mayor because the city’s athletes, the children in particular, badly need the sports complex for their training, despite their good standings in different competitions even without the grandstand.

The whole project costing P202-million will be implemented by phases with five to 10 contractors, and the bulk of the funds will be taken from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) chaired by retired Gen. Alexander Pama.

Earlier on, Apolinario was optimistic that the grandstand’s full rehabilitation and improvement project can be completed in six months’ time—that is in April 2016, if the timeline is strictly followed, beginning from the bidding process.

Aside from restoring the sports complex back to its old glory, Apolinario said, it will be improved further with new facilities like additional bleachers, playing courts, and manicured lawn of international standard.— Vic Larato