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Athletic bowl grandstand extension project won’t meet deadline

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. Completion of the PhP43.7 million athletic bowl grandstand extension and the four floodlights may not happen on December 8, the deadline set. Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that the city may not accept the facilities from the Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio Engineering District if these will not meet the standards. Pigeon Lobien / RNG Luzon

The completion of the Baguio athletic bowl grandstand extension may not be completed in time for its projected December 8 completion.

“I doubt if it can be completed in time,” said mayor Benjamin Magalong during the tribute for the four Olympian-boxers at the University of Baguio Centennial Hall Monday.

The seats of the 40 meter or so extension have yet to be completed while the four towers that will have the floodlights are not even 50 percent complete.

Two of the towers, fronting the extension of the grandstand is about 30 feet of the intended 50 feet height, while the other, fronting the dugouts is only 20 feet high as of this writing. The other two at the opposite side of the athletic bowl and just at the gate of the Baguio City High School have been dug for the put up of the towers base but need yet to be started.

“How can they complete it on time? So we will not accept it if it’s not of standard,” said Magalong.

The PhP43.7 million project is but one of the infrastructure projects within the seven hectare sports complex.

The other programmed works include the rehabilitation of the Baguio Tennis Court, the PhP391 million put up of a youth convergence and sports complex and the climbing wall cum extreme sports – obstacle course race track.

The city, through the office of Rep. Mark Go, will also have the athletic oval rehabilitated after the city found out that it is four meter short of the 400 meter standard.

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