Del Rosario signs contract for P242M DavNor Sports Complex
By Noel Baguio
The Province of Davao del Norte will have a new Provincial Sports Complex before Christmas next year.
Groundbreaking for the P242.8-million project will soon be held after Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario signed the design and build contract – turn key basis with Gilbert Yu, President of Young Builders Corporation (YBC) on October 13, 2011.
The winning Cebu-based contractor is set to complete the project within 375 calendar days.
The program of works consist of design and build for the construction of sports complex main grandstand, rubberized oval track, Olympic-sized swimming pool with warm up pool and grandstand.
Gov. del Rosario explained that according to the agreement, the provincial government will not pay a single centavo to the contractor until the project is completed and properly turned over and accepted by the province.
Witnessing the contract-signing were Arch. Nelson Yu, YBC Vice President for Operations, OIC Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain and, Charlotte Conde, head of Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Davao Lending Center.
Also present were Provincial Engineer Raul Mabanglo, Prov’l General Services Officer Sammy Sanchez, Asst. Prov’l Legal Officer Atty. Edd Mark Wakan, Provincial Sports Coordinator Giovanni Gulanes and OIC Provincial Information Officer Romulo Tagalo.
The governor said a football field will be set in the middle of the oval. An open basketball court, tennis court, sipak takraw court and other athletic facilities will also be established inside the center.
After stalling it for over two years due to the global economic recession, Del Rosario is now setting the project into motion in order to serve as a venue for athletic competitions, as well as, in promoting physical fitness among his constituents.
He said the 10-hectare facility intends to host major sporting events, such as the Palarong Pambansa, regional and provincial meets, as well as sports competitions of big corporations and organizations.
However, in between major athletic events, Gov. del Rosario is mulling to open the complex to the general public for a minimal fee, so the project will not become a ‘white elephant’.
He said the center will be available to fitness buffs, including joggers and swimmers. Older people will also be able to utilize these facilities for their Regular exercises and physical activities.
“We will open it for the public for a fee,” he bared.
The governor said the income derived from charging fees for the use of the facility is intended to pay for the maintenance and operational cost of the center.
He is also optimistic the new sports complex will bring out a new breed of champions for Davao del Norte, especially with the establishment of the provincial sports development office.