Members of the House of Representatives lauded the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Wednesday, Nov. 6, after conducting an ocular inspection of the rehabilitation of the Rizal Memorial Sports Comission (RMSC) in Malate, Manila.
Valenzuela City 2nd District Rep. Eric Martinez, chairperson of the House Committee of Youth and Sports Development, said that they particularly checked areas of the RMSC that will serve as venues for the 2019 South East Asian Games.
Facilities of the RMSC will serve as the venues for squash, weightlifitng, taekwondo, men’s football, soft tennis, tennis, and gymnastics.
Martinez mentioned that the last ‘major facelift’ of the RMSC happened in 1935, or more than 80 years ago.
“Ang talagang-concerned kami is gymnastics area, tennis area, then yung football, tapos weightlifting at taekwondo,” Martinez said during press conference after the ocular insepction.
“Nakita naman natin, everyone there is busy as a team. 24/7 ang gawaan,” the congressman added.
The solon hopes that the ongoing rehabilitation of the complex will serve as the ‘dawning of a new era’ and ‘renaissance’ in sports in the Philippines.
“This will be the most prepared, in terms of facilities, ang ating bansa (in hosting the SEA Games), and the icing in the cake will be the overall championship,” Martinez stressed.
Navotas City District Rep. John Rey Tiangco also expressed his delight that the complex will now have world-class facilities.
“Nandito yung mga kasamahan natin to assure everyone na siyempre pagpunta rito yung mukha ng Pilipinas yung ipinapakita natin,” Tiangco said
Isabela 5th District Rep. Faustino Michael Carlos Dy , meanwhile, praised PSC for preserving and modernizing the complex, which he called a historic venue for sports, for future generations.
Cavite 2nd District Rep. Strike Revilla and Talino at Galing ng Pinoy (TGP) Partylist Rep. Jose ‘Bong’ Teves Jr. also attended the ocular inspection and congratulated the PSC for their efforts to rehabilitate the complex.