June 14, 2024

The provincial government is finalizing the guidelines for the use of the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal, La Trinidad.

Provincial Sports Development Coordinator Dean Mark Monang said their office is currently drafting the guidelines for the use of the sports complex including the oval track, multipurpose gymnasium, and locker rooms.

Monang said the guidelines include the do’s and don’ts for athletes and individuals who wish to use the facilities within the 6.6-hectare sports complex. 

Fees for the facilities are also finalized under the revenue code of the province. He said the fees are patterned from other sports complexes in the region such as the Baguio Athletic Bowl and the Apayao Sports Complex.

“For now, we are using the old rates provided under the revenue code for the use of the multipurpose gymnasium. The gym can be rented by private individuals or groups but for government events such as schools and agencies, it is allowed to be used for free,” Monang said. 

He said under the old rates, the gymnasium is rented out for P1,000 per hour. It is expected the rates will be increased following the upgrade of the facility.

The multipurpose gym is also due for repair this June due to its leaking roof and clogged toilets.

Benguet Rep. Eric Yap said the improvement of the sports complex would continue, as he agreed to the suggestion of limiting the use of the multipurpose gym for sports-related events for it to be properly maintained.

Yap said he would propose the creation of a provincial convention center as a venue to hold large gatherings instead of the multipurpose gym.

In other sports gyms, athletes and guests are not allowed to step on the wood flooring if they are not wearing rubber shoes. – Ofelia C. Empian