By Betheena Unite
A sports facility in Sorsogon will undergo rehabilitation and expansion as it is poised to become a major venue of big sports events next year.
The Balogo Sports Complex in Sorsogon, Bicol, will be rehabilitated and expanded under a P887-million fund from the 2018 General Appropriations Act.
According to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, the rehabilitation works will be divided into four phases. The first phase of the project is expected to be delivered by the third quarter of 2020, in time for the Palarong Bicol on 2021 and Palarong Pambansa on 2022.
The first phase includes the construction of an 80-meter track and field and 12,000-seater stadium, Villar said.
As the largest sports facility in Sorsogon, Villar hopes that the implementation of the project will lead to locals’ increased participation in sports events and encourage students to develop their skills in various recreational sports.
“Now that more Filipino athletes thrive in the international sports arena, it is high time to encourage everyone, especially the youth, in exploring their capabilities and participating in sports-related events to bring pride to our country,” Villar said.
“We will ensure that the four phases of implementation will be closely monitored to guarantee that the facilities will meet national standards and specifications,” headed.