Time to get back into shape.
Athletes and fitness enthusiasts can use the running track oval of the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex (DNSTC) once again as it formally reopened Monday morning, October 10, 2022, after being closed to the public for more than two years.
Governor Edwin Jubahib led the inauguration of the P34.85-million newly-rehabilitated rubberized track and field oval, with materials imported from Switzerland.
The Provincial Sports and Youth Development Office (PSYDO) temporarily closed the track to the public when breaks and cracks appeared even before the start of the pandemic, posing risks to the athletes and joggers.
Plans for the renovation of the facility was put on hold during the crisis but the track remained closed even when the other facilities of the sports complex were already reopened to the public early on this year.
Jubahib pushed for the rehabilitation of the oval in pushing for the revival of the grassroots sports program of the province, while pursuing the province’s bid to again host big-ticket regional and national sports competitions.
He cited the advantage of a rubberized track, particularly in providing safe and convenient option for running.
“Ang advantage man gud kung rubberized dili bun-og ang imong tiil ug mas maayo ang imong pagdagan (A rubberized track prevents foot contusion and enhances running performance),” he said.
The governor reiterated the use of the track oval remains free to the public, “provided that we strictly follow the rules and regulations to protect our facility.”
The governor was joined by Vice Governor De Carlo Uy and Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, provincial department heads led by Provincial Administrator Engr. Josie Jean Rabanoz, and Architect Nelson G. Yu of Young Builders.
Davao del Norte Track and Field Association President Beverly Villarino thanked the governor for pursuing the project, saying the province is again back on track in pursuing its “dream of producing athletes that can compete in national and even international arena.”
It can be recalled that DNSTC was the main hub for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, while it now accommodates the Philippines Football League outfit Davao Aguilas F.C. as its home field since their founding in 2017.
1. Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib and Vice Governor De Carlo Uy lead the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon at the launch of the newly-rehabilitated Track Oval of the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex. Nobags
2. Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib leads the ceremonial run marking the launch of the newly-rehabilitated Track Oval of the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex. Nobags