Bataan hailed after land donation for Philippine sports training center
Roy Luarca (Philstar.com) – May 24, 2021 – 11:14 am
MANILA, Philippines – The multi-billion dollar Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) is set to move up to Bagac, Bataan soon.
Vice President Mikee Romero revealed this on Sunday following the donation of a plot of land where the PSTC will be built to become the official home of the Filipino elite and budding athletes.
“Being one of the authors of the law that creates the creation of a modern sports complex, I am honored that our athletes will soon have a place where they can develop their talents,” said Romero. “It will be their future home away from home.”
Romero, the representative of 1Pacman Partylist, congratulated the provincial government of Bataan for donating six lots with a total area of approximately 250,000 square meters (25 hectares) in the Municipality of Bagac, just 148 kilometers from Manila. .
Besides his historical perspective, Romero said Bagac is rich in agricultural and aquatic resources which are essential for providing nutrients during the training of national team pool members.
“Due to its natural wonders, Bagac is a perfect training ground and it is far from the angry crowds of the metropolis,” he added.
The President of the Philippine Sports Commission (SPC), William “Butch” Ramirez, officially received the deed of donation from the Governor of Bataan, Albert Raymond “Abet” Garcia, last week.
Romero, owner of the PBA’s NorthPort team and one of the founding directors of the Philippine National Federation of Polo Players, said the establishment of the PSTC was seen as the flagship sporting project under President Duterte’s administration.
“This is a dream come true for our national athletes because in three to four years they will have a state-of-the-art facility on par with some of the best in the world,” said Romero. “In addition, it can also host future international events. More than that, it can provide livelihood for local residents. “
The sports complex will host archery, track and field, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, taekwondo, karate, judo, wrestling, cycling athletes (velodrome), dance, football, gymnastics, handball, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, shooting, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, climbing water polo and weight lifting.
Romero said providing sufficient funding for the CPS is a priority in his sports program in Congress.
“The PSC should not only have sufficient funding, but also the powers to advance the well-being of national athletes through rewards and awards,” he added.
According to Romero, the PSTC will also have facilities for administration, sports science, medicine and dormitories for athletes and coaches.
This would certainly boost the development of athletes and the growth of the country as a regional sporting power.