The go signal paving way for the development of the 20-hectare P8 billion sports complex in the vicinity of UP Mindanao in Mintal has been formally made with the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MoU) among its main stakeholders on Thursday.
The MoU was signed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the University of the Philippines Mindanao, represented by UP System president Alfredo E. Pascual. Also present in the occasion were Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro T. Ungab, UPMin officer-in-charge Dr. Nilo B. Oponda, City Administrator lawyer Melchor V. Quitain, and UP vice president for development Professor Elvira A. Zamora.
“We are forging a promising partnership for the development of a 20 hectare sports complex in UP Mindanao. While this seems like an ambitious project, with the solid partner of UP, which is the city government of Davao we are certain that we can succeed in implementing this project,” Pascual said.
Illegal settlers who occupy a portion of the property will be relocated in Los Amigos while residents in the area, Rep. Ungab said, will be given priority in hiring for jobs generated by the construction of the sports complex.
“What we really need is space for the children and their recreation and there was an offer from UP that you can use this land. Ako naman ay may ma-offer na 18 hectares para sa mga displaced persons. As a matter of fact I am also building a disaster evacuation center. These are meant to be for everybody. Even kayong mga taga UP, if you want to immerse there among the people, you can learn from there what ails our country,” Duterte said.
The proposed sports complex will include the following:
* a 35,000-seater stadium
* multipurpose training gym
* dormitory and medical building
* low-rise commercial block
* power and pumping station
* practice fields for football
* tennis court
* sports arena
* archery and practical shooting range
* indoor basketball court
* adventure sports facilities
* waste management and water treatment facility
* aquatics center
* country club
* parking area
An initial budget of P300 million will be used for the development of track oval and construction of road, staduym, dormitory and medical building.
UP Architect Mary Catherine Diaz said the design of the sports complex was made so that it will cater to meet international sports standards such as the FIFA World Cup, NBA and Palaro.
“I think it will not just symbolize the development of Davao but it will boost the morale of the local people” Diaz said.