Lapid files bill to ensure maintenance of gov’t sports facilities

Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid has filed a bill seeking to ensure the sustainable rehabilitation and maintenance of all the government-funded sports facilities, particularly those that were built and refurbished for the recent 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Lapid, chairman of the Senate Committee on Games and Amusement, said these facilities must not end up as “white elephants” or big-budget infrastructure projects that turned out to be sparingly used or of no use at all, with maintenance costs eating up more than whatever income they generate.

The people’s money must not be put to waste, he stressed.

Lapid emphasized that the government has the responsibility to guarantee that the different facilities and venues constructed, renovated and repaired for the SEA Games are properly maintained.

A month after the SEAG, Lapid filed Senate Bill 1246 stating that the government must institutionalize the creation of sustainability plans for all future and existing government-funded sports facilities, venues and other sports-related infrastructure.

As the host country of the 30th SEA Games, the Philippines allotted P6 billion for hosting expenses alone.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) gave a financial boost to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) amounting to P842.5 million for the renovation of facilities for SEA Games, including the 85-year-old Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Multi-Purpose Arena at the Philsports Complex, and the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Lapid reiterated that the “stagnation and degradation of these sports facilities must be avoided at all costs” and that Congress must do its part in looking after the nation’s investment in building these infrastructures.

All government-funded sports facilities, venues and other sports-related infrastructure, including but not limited to, stadiums, coliseums, arenas, sports centers/complexes, running tracks, courts, swimming pools, convention centers, media centers and athletes’ villages are included within the scope of the measure.

Furthermore, the bill suggests that the contents of the sustainability plans shall include, but are not limited to, the following;

Plans on future hosting and uses of the sports facility after the termination of the event for which the same was constructed;

Regular maintenance, up-keep, repair and/or renovation;

Income-generating activities sufficient to cover the maintenance, up-keep, repair and/or renovation of the sports facility;

Installation of energy-saving and water-saving systems or devices;

Water conservation measures such as rainwater harvesting, use of grey water, etc.;

Waste management, recycling and/or composting facilities; and

Use of renewable energy such as wind power and solar power; among others.

Date: January 11, 2020 | By: Mario Casayuran | Newspaper: Manila Bulletin | Source: