PSC chair Garcia denies propose sale of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
Mark Escarlote on Dec 16, 2014 04:08 PM
Chairman Richie Garcia hopes the proposed Congress bill for the transfer of the Philippine Sports Commission to Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga will push through.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia cleared that the proposed transfer of the national athletes’ training facility to Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga will not include the sale of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Garcia said that they plan to transfer the control of the 10-hectare complex back to the City of Manila.
“As they said di naman daw namin pwedeng ibenta ang Rizal. We are not selling it, kasi ang mandate ng PSC is that we control and manage Rizal Memorial,” said Garcia, who graced the last session for the year of the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum Tuesday. “For as long as PSC is there it remains under the control of PSC. Now, since we cannot sell it, we are planning to relinquish the control of Rizal to Manila.”
The PSC chair added that they will need to raise P3.5 billion in the construction of the new training facility in the 50-hectare property in Clark. The amount will be covered by a Congress Bill being lobbied by chairman of the committee on youth and sports congressman Anthony del Rosario of Davao and Pampanga representative Yeng Guiao.
The proposed bill is for the transfer of PSC to Clark.
A meeting about the proposal pushed through last Monday but Garcia wasn’t able to attend because of prior commitment to oversee the Palarong Pambansa hosting rights bidding at the Department of Education headquarters in Pasig.
“In that meeting, PSC presented the proposed plan of the training center. I think they are pushing it for Congress to approve,” Garcia said.
Garcia added that in case the bill fails to get pass Congress, PSC will explore other options.
“We are in the market looking for funds,” he said. “Once we get the funds the transfer will take between six to seven months. It’s not a very long process. A lot of the structures will be pre-fabricated type that you can just assemble. You can build a gym in less than 30 days so madali lang ‘to.”
Garcia hopes that the proposal will materialize and constuction be completed before his term ends in 2016.
“I hope that it will really happen because Rizal is no longer acceptable as a training center for our athletes,” Garcia said.