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Climaco hopeful on grandstand rehab completion in December

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Mayor Beng Climaco was hopeful Monday that the P187-million rehabilitation of the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex will be completed in December this year, barely two months from now.

Climaco’s optimism was anchored on the fact that the long-awaited rubberized materials for the grandstand’s track oval and other facilities arrived last week from Germany.

This, she said, paved the way for the resumption of the rehabilitation project undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

To recall, the grandstand’s rehabilitation works had stopped momentarily two months ago while waiting for the arrival of imported materials from Germany.

Delivered to the sports complex were 13 container vans containing the black matt rubber, adhesive compound, granules materials, color paste, catalyst and line paint for the oval track and field, and playing courts.

Other materials to include synthetic grass for the soccer field are still in transit to the city.

Climaco has instructed the Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, to monitor the progress of the rehabilitation project and ensure it will be completed by end of this year.

Constructed in 1992 when Zamboanga City hosted the “Palarong Pambansa,” the grandstand was converted in to the biggest evacuation center for almost 23,000 people displaced by the 2013 siege.

It was only two years later that the internally displaced persons were gradually transferred to the different transitory sites, then to their permanent shelters.

Thus, the rehabilitation was carried out under the build back better scheme of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Rehabilitation or Z3R Project.-(Vic Larato)