by Waylon Galvez
Finally, a training facility owned by the Philippine Sports Commission.
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez announced Tuesday that the bicameral committee has approved the construction of the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) under Republic Act No. 6847.
“This is the first time that PSC has its own facility. The Rizal Memorial (Sports Complex in Manila), Baguio PSC and PhilSports (formerly ULTRA), it’s not owned by the PSC,” said Ramirez in Filipino during a press briefing at the PSC office RSMC in Vito Cruz, Manila.
“But this time, it’s owned by the PSC for the athletes,” said Ramirez, adding that elite athletes and upcoming national team members from the grassroots level will all train at PSTC.
The sports agency chief said that a budget of P3.5 billion has already been approved for the creation of the PSTC.
“The P3.5 Billion will come from the GAA (General Appropriation Act). There is a possibility that in the middle of 2019, we’ll start with the construction of the PSTC,” said Ramirez.
He commended members of Congress who supported the move. This includes Senator Sonny Angara, the author of the PSTC Act and chairman of the Senate’s ways and means, and Senator Manny Pacquiao.
The proposed 40-hectare (20-hectare in Pangasinan and 20-hectare in Tarlac) sports facility will have a baseball field, beach volleyball courts, a bowling center, a football field, a gymnastics center, a rugby pitch, a softball field, a track and field oval, tennis courts, covered swimming and diving pools and a velodrome.
Also in the venue would be a dormitory for athletes and coaches, a multi-purpose field for an archery range, a BMX track, lawn balls and petanque field, skeet and trap range, villas for guests, sports science building, weight training building, school and medical center.
The proposed venue for the PSCT is different from the one being built in Clark, Angeles – site for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.