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City to start soon construction of PhP110 M tennis court

CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN. Construction pf the PHP 110 Million tennos courr starts after the award of the project on Sept. 20. Here, mayor Benjamin Magalong is seen here interviewed by media after the Monday flag ceremony. Pigeon Lobien

Delayed for nearly three months, construction of the PhP110 million tennis court may start after the awards will be given to the winning bidder on September 20.

“We are ready to award it,” said city administrator Bonifacio dela Pena Monday after the flag raising ceremony at the city hall as he said that construction will start anytime soon.

“They now have to leave, we will be digging soon for the start of construction,” said dela Pena of the Baguio Tennis Club, whose members were supposed to be out of the four-court facility which has been their home for almost 40 years as early as August.

The group was supposed to transfer to the Camp John Hay tennis court but has been staying awaiting the start of construction.

The tennis court is the fourth of a series of construction at the Baguio athletic bowl which is hioghlighted by the PhP382 million youth convergence and sports complex at the front of the swimming pool.

The city has also started use of the PhP41 million grandstand extension which serves as command center of the city sports development office.

Last May, the city held the groundbreaking ceremony of the PhP30 million, 120 persons capacity athletes quarter, its construction completion is expected by early 2023.

“This is a response for a clamor for us to have our very own athletes quarters, we want guest-athletes to have their own quarters every time we have a sporting event here,” said mayor Benjamin Magalong during the groundbreaking ceremony last May

“If we book them in hotels then it will be very expensive for us. We want national and international athletes here so that our very own will be inspired to aspire for more,” said the mayor.

“While we have excelling athletes from the combat side, we have to hone other athletes like those in athletics or cycling,” he added.

Dela Pena said the quarters that will rise at the back of the swimming pool will be a 30 room facility that can house 120 persons at one time. It has hot and cold shower and a cafeteria.

The project is expected to be completed within 10 months, if weather permits, but may take as long as 14 months.

Entrance to the quarters is a dirt road from the Gov. Pack Road just after the Baguio City High School campus.

The eyes to construct the PhP10 million climbing wall, come extreme sports cum obstacle course race facility and the PhP1 million archery range.

The last of the project expected this year is the upgrade of the oval which is about PhP50 million and is meant to rectify the length of the track, which is four meters short, and widen it to follow international standards.

“This is for our athletes, they compete and win but they do not have the standard facility,” said dela Pena in Filipino in his welcome address.

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