Tagum City’s plans and developments never cease to amaze me. Just before the soft opening of the Iconic New Tagum City Hall this 3rd week of December, an architectural marvel will once again be witnessed by the people of Davao and Tagum which commenced last November 12, 2011 with the groundbreaking ceremony of the soon to be world-class Sports Complex.
Allow me to share with you an article from Philippine Information Agency / Mindanao Insider:
DavNor Sports complex to rise at par with standards
by Jean Duron-Abangan
DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 12 (PIA) — Davao del Norte Provincial Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario believes that the Provincial Sports Complex will rise through construction works at par with standards though the project bid is P7 million lesser than the original estimated cost.
During the groundbreaking ceremony Friday, del Rosario bared the original construction cost at P250 million but the winning bidder took the project in a turn-key arrangement at P243 million.
“We develop the specs and the design of the sports complex. The specs come from our engineering department,” he said in pointing out that the contractor, Young Builders Corp., would just have to construct the sports facility based on specifications set by the provincial government.
Young Builders Corp. has a track record of turn-key arrangement in constructing the Tagbilaran City Hall and Quirino Gen. Hospital in Bohol. It constructs buildings first before it gets paid.
Set to get done on Dec. 12, 2012, the Davao del Norte Sports Complex would have a main grandstand of 1,712 square meters with approximately 3,000 seating capacity.
It will also have an oval track of 8-lane running tracks, outdoor playing courts, olympic size swimming pool with a warm-up pool.
Its roads and drainages including its electrical works are set to get done at par with standards of a sports complex capable of holding national and even international sports events.
Meanwhile, Del Rosario has also seen substantial economic benefits which can be drawn out of operating the sports complex.
Once ready to host a Palarong Pambansa, the sports complex would be further developed through funds from the national government which usually allots budget for sprucing up of sports facilities in the Palarong Pambansa site.
Del Rosario also wants a commercial complex to rise that would add up to avenues of generating economic enterprises within the 11-hectare sports complex area.
Though athletes are free to use the facilities within the sports complex, he expects fees to be charged for public use especially of the swimming pool.
On the other hand, Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy is pleased with the construction of Davao del Norte Sports Complex as this would primarily benefit Tagum City.
He is looking at the prospect of more people coming into Tagum City, creating more income in terms of transportation and sales receipts.
Tagum City can also share with the mileage that the provincial government would get out of holding big sports events at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.
However, he suggested that sports/ athelete associations be involved in the management and maintenance of sports facilities within the complex.
“Politico mi. Usahay dili ta makabalibad.(We are politicians, we sometimes can’t say no) ,” he said. )(PIA-11/ Jean D Abangan)
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