The state-of-the-art sports complex being erected at New Clark City in Capas town, Tarlac, for the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this year is 70 percent complete, organizers said on Thursday.
Developer MTD Philippines, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and the Department of Transportation vowed to finish work in August.
“Ang sabi ko Bong, Vince kapag hindi natapos ang gagawin, bubugbugin ko sila . . . Meron tayong commitment sa Pangulo, meron tayong pangako sa international, meron tayong pangako sa sambayanan,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said, referring to Bong David, lead developer at MTD Philippines, and Vince Dizon, president and CEO of BCDA.
(I said Bong, Vince, I will beat you up if this is not completed. We have a commitment to the President, to the international community and to the people.)
The infrastructure did not sustain cracks during the quake that hit Luzon on April 22. Authorities are confident with the structural integrity of the facilities they are building, which could withstand a magnitude-8.4 earthquake.
“Talagang we built it in a way na dinisenyo na kahit na anong lakas ng lindol ay talagang kakayanin ng mga structures dito,” Dizon said.
(We built it in a way where structures could withstand powerful earthquakes.)
Phase 1-A of the New Clark City National Government Administrative Center includes a 20,000-seat Athletics Stadium, a 2,000-seat Aquatics Center and an Athletes’ Village. There is also a 1.4-kilometer park along Cutcut River that is now developed with bikeways, jogging paths and amphitheaters.
Tugade said more improvements to infrastructure such as roads and tollways are being done.
“Para masabi natin sa darating na panahon, all roads lead to the Clark Green City,” he said.
(So we could say that in the future all roads lead to the Clark Green City.)
Prior to the site visit and inspection, the DOTr and the BCDA also paid tribute to more than 4,000 employees and laborers working at the New Clark City.
Clark will be the main hub of the coming SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.
There are 56 sports to be played, with nearly 10,000 athletes from 11 countries participating.
The Philippines last hosted the SEA Games in 2005.
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