President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking rites of the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) in Bagac, Bataan on Friday.

The center will serve as a new state-of-the-art sports training facility for national athletes.

“This project shows our concerted effort and how it can create a huge impact on the future of our athletes and of the Filipino youth as a whole. With this facility I am confident, we will raise and develop more world-class athletes who will represent the Philippines in international competitions and usher the Philippine sports industry here in the country,” Duterte said.

The president commended everyone involved in “this great project which should be the future home and primary venue and development of our national athletes.”

“I wish to recognize the contribution and generosity of the Bataan provincial government for donating 250,000 square meters of land here in Bagac for the establishment of the PSTC,” he added.

Republic Act 11214 was signed in February 2019 for the creation of an advanced sports facility that will promote and develop sports in the country and ensure the country’s success in the Olympic Games and promote international amity among nations.

Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez welcomes the soon-to-rise training center.

“Our country has been wanting an advanced national sports training facility for a long time, and the creation of the PSTC could not have come at the most opportune time. We at the Philippine Sports Commission are extremely grateful to our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for making this historic development in Philippine sports possible,” he said.

The sports agency chief added that this law and groundbreaking is truly a milestone as this will become only the second national sports training center since the construction of the historic Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila in the 1920s.

The PSTC will be located on a 25-hectare land in Barangay Parang, Bagac, Bataan, which was donated by the Province of Bataan through Governor Albert Garcia. It will feature facilities and amenities for administrative, athletes, and coaches dormitories, sports science and medical centers, and worship and meditation rooms.


Date: June 19, 2022 | Newspaper: Tribune | Source: