Duterte-backed sports complex may be built outside NCR: commissioner

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2019 10:49 AM | Updated as of Feb 20 2019 11:14 AM

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MANILA - A sports center approved earlier this month by President Rodrigo Duterte may be constructed outside of Metro Manila, the head of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said Wednesday.

The Philippine Sports Training Center, which is expected to be state of the art and highly scientific, has a size requirement of at least 20 hectares, noted PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez.

Estate property of this size in the National Capital Region would be too expensive for the training center's construction budget of P3.5 billion, he said.

"Wala na siguro tayong makuhang 20 hectares. If ever there is, napakamahal n'yan, wala sigurong magdo-donate nun. Hindi natin ma a-afford iyan," he told radio DZMM.

(We may not be able to find 20 hectares. If ever there is, it would be very expensive, perhaps no one would donate that. We cannot afford that.)

The PSC should find an accessible location for the training center in about 6 months, he said.

The commission, he said, will take note of ongoing transport projects, like the MRT-7 that will connect Quezon City and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, as well as the Skyway extension connecting the Southern and Northern Luzon expressways.

The Philippine Sports Training Center's maintenance expenses will be covered by the yearly budget of the PSC, under the law that Duterte signed last Feb. 14.

The PSC is lobbying to receive 5 percent of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation's gross income, up from the 2.5 percent it currently gets, said Fernandez.