Excitement stirs up as the world-class New Clark City sports complex shows the country’s readiness to host the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games.
This was evident during the site visit of Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who is also the chairman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) and members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Youth and Sports Development in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
“With these state-of-the-art facilities, we can show the athletes and guests from our neighboring countries that the Philippines is more than capable of hosting international sports events,” Go said.
Go added that through the New Clark City development, national athletes will have “easy access to world-class sports facilities and, therefore, be able to develop their full potential, [and] winning in international sports competitions will be a regular achievement for Filipino athletes in the years to come.”
Built within 18 months since it broke ground in January 2018, Phase 1A of the New Clark City National Government Administrative Center is now 99 percent complete.
The sports facilities, which include the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium has been certified as a Class 1 Athletics Facility by the International Association of Athletics Federations. This means that the stadium meets the global standards for international competition facilities, along with the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center that is accredited by the Federation Internationale De Natation (Fina).
“We are so inspired by the facilities because [these] prove the point of our athletes that with more support, we can have a world-class sports program,” Cayetano said.
“Our athletes and advocates of sports have been so persistent, asking us to support more. Yes, we have steadily increased the amount we give to medalists but many times have the coaches, the parents, and the teachers in our elementary and high schools told us ‘we need a grassroots program,’” Cayetano added.
Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon thanked Go and Cayetano for their initiatives to have modern training facilities for national athletes—a proposal from which the New Clark City sports complex was brought to life.
The legislators also visited the proposed site of the Philippine High School for Sports which will serve as the training ground of future national athletes. Construction for the said school will start in 2021.
“This is proof that the Duterte administration is faithful and serious in its promise of building the best facilities for Filipinos, especially to our athletes who bring pride and glory to our country in their competitions,” Dizon said.
Other officials present in the event were Ambassadors Jose Gaspar Piedade of Timor Leste, Ly Quoc Tuan of Vietnam and Hajah Johariah binti Haji Abdul Wahab of Brunei Darussalam, Tarlac Second District Rep. Victor Yap, Tarlac Gov. Susan Yap, Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, Pampanga Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda, Pampanga Vice Gov. Lilia Pineda, Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Philippine Sports Commission Commissioners Celia Kiram and Arnold Agustin, Phisgoc Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara, Government Service Insurance System Chairman and concurrent acting President and General Manager Rolando Macasaet, MTD Clark Inc. Chairman Isaac David and President Engr. Patrick Nicholas David.