ROSALES—Optimism over the choice of this town as the site for the P3.5-billion Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) was echoed by Rep. Conrado Estrella III of the Abono party-list economy.
According to Estrella, the town received a very positive evaluation of the town and will be included in the shortlist as one of the proposed sites of the center by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) .
He said aside from Rosales, also being considered are Baguio City, Clark and Mindanao as possible sites. “We will be very happy because really, out of the many places that they are considering, we are included (in the shortlist),” Estrella said.
He said there is a 20-hectare lot in Rosales as the future site of the PSTC. He, however, declined to identify the barangay.
The PSTC will have a fund of P3.5-billion provided under the General Appropriations Act and its construction will take about three years.
He said Rosales is strategically located because of the North Luzon Expressway, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, making Rosales as easily accessible.
He added that the PSC came out with an evaluation, considering many aspects of the construction, “and Rosales turns out to be the most ideal and we would be glad to help them the best that we could so that it would be constructed in Rosales”.
Once it is erected here, Estrella said it will have a domino effect on the economy.
“That’s the very purpose of government infrastructure. It pumps up the economy in some areas,” he said.
Estrella shepherded the passage of the originating bill in the House of Representatives until it became law.
He thanked his colleagues led by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for its passage and the crafting of a counterpart Senate bill that led to the enactment of the new law.
He said the last sports training center built by the government was the Rizal Sports Coliseum in 1934. (Philstar Wire Service)
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