GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has started the rehabilitation of the provincial sports complex in a bid to boost Koronadal City’s bid to host the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.
South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said the local government has released an initial P33 million to facilitate the repairs on the sports complex’s main grandstand and its track oval.
She said the funds will mainly be utilized to replace the worn out rubber track oval and the repair of facilities.
Fuentes, who joined the Region 12 athletic delegation during the opening of the 2014 Palaro earlier this month in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, said the provincial government will utilize its available resources to complete the rehabilitation of the provincial sports complex if Koronadal City wins the bid to host next year’s games.
The governor said Koronadal City’s aggressive bid to host anew the Palaro is also supported by South Cotabato (2nd district) Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez.
“We are just a small province but we will do our best to support Koronadal City when necessary,” she said.
“There is so much to be done, and more funds needed. But if Koronadal City wins the bid, we will support it,” Fuentes added.
For his part, Hernandez said he would sit down with Koronadal City officials to discuss the joint pooling of resources for the initiative.
“We need to put all their resources together to ensure good results. We have to ensure that the stay of the delegates in our area can create lasting and memorable impressions,” he said.
Koronadal City, which is a component city of South Cotabato, is the regional seat and center of Region 12.
The city and South Cotabato province hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1996 and 2007 and was among the main playing venues of the now defunct Palarong Bayan in 2000.