MANILA -- Lawmakers on Wednesday toured the sports facilities in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and Philsports in Pasig City, which are being refurbished in time for the Southeast Asian Games.
They were impressed, to say the least.
"There are more Lydia De Vegas, Elma Muros, Isidro Del Prados and Teofilo Yldefonsos out there, who don’t have the chance to hone their skills due to the deficiency of world-class facilities,’’ said Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez, head of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development.
"These new facilities inside RMSC and Philsports will address the need."
Joining the tour conducted by Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez were House committee members Rep. Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III of Isabela, Rep. Strike Revilla of Cavite, Rep. John Rey Tiangco of Navotas and Rep. Jose Teves Jr. from TGP party-list.
The newly refurbished Rizal Memorial Coliseum at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be completed come November 15, its first complete renovation since the 1935.
Three hundred meters away is the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, which will reopen on November 21, nine days from the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
These facilities are part of the P842.5-million financial assistance that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) gave to the PSC for the total facelift of both complexes.
“Kaya po itong Southeast Asian Games, mahalaga sa 'min sa Kongreso. Kaya kayo as media practitioners, hikayatin po natin ang mga kabataan na pumunta sa mga venues para sa interes nila. Siguro 'yun ang pinakamagandang maitutulong natin, awareness sa kabataan,” Martinez said.
“Nandito po ako noong 1991 (SEA Games) closing ceremony, malayong-malayo na. This will be the most prepared in terms of facilities and icing on the cake will be the overall championship. Kaya tulong-tulong po tayo para sa ating mga atletang Pilipino,” he said.
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