Grandstand rehab to finish December– DPWH assures Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 13:46

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The Department of Public Works and Highways has assured Mayor Beng Climaco that the grandstand rehabilitation will be completed as scheduled on December 2016.

Mayor Climaco Tuesday morning together with OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, City Engineer Luis Despalo and staff from the City Engineer’s Office and other personnel conducted an ocular inspection of the grandstand to check on the progress of the project which started first week of April.

The chief executive said the reopening of the grandstand, known as the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, will be a big boost to the city’s youth and sports development program.

The project is implemented by a private contractor under the supervision of the DPWH Regional Office.

Shadimar Jalaidi, Engineer II of the DPWH said the project is right on track and will be completed as scheduled. He said the DPWH engineers monitor the progress of the project on a regular basis.

The project costs P187 million allocated by the  national government with a duration of less than 10 months. Its project contractor is the RCDG joint venture with RU Aquino.

The grandstand it is recalled was designated as the biggest evacuation center in the aftermath of the 2013 siege housing approximately 20,000 families at that time. It was officially closed as evacuation center last July 2015 with government officials headed by Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Mayor Beng Climaco and humanitarian agencies leading the ceremonial closure.

The reconstructed/rehabilitated grandstand is expected to be a grandiose building and sports complex.  — Sheila Covarrubias