Residents of Zamboanga City can once again enjoy sports and other recreational activities as Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced the completion of the 57,500-square meter sports complex rehabilitation project at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte.
On behalf of Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Operations Maximo L. Carvajal together with DPWH Region 9 Director Cayamombao D. Dia, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, and other DPWH and Local Government Officials led the ceremonial opening of Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex which underwent rehabilitation after it was severely affected when it served as an evacuation center for more than 23,000 displaced families during the 2013 Zamboanga Siege.
Secretary Villar expressed his appreciation to the implementing office of DPWH-Region 9 for the completed project that will promote healthy living and active lifestyle, encourage Zamboanga City to host more local and national sports competitions with its world-class facilities, and serve as a training ground and venue for Filipino athletes to enhance and showcase their skills in sports that will contribute to the country’s recognition on the world stage.
The P199.22-million worth project which started in 2016 involves the construction of the oval track, ball game courts, playing field, bleachers, toilet and shower, and other facilities. It also includes general painting works for the entire building and roofs, replacement of lighting fixtures, installation of roll-up doors, upgrading of plumbing systems, construction of new septic vault, and new gates along the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and R.T. Lim Boulevard.
The state-of-the-art sports complex has been home to the 1992 Palarong Pambansa and served as the main venue of the National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Games in 2005 and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) National Sports Olympics in 2007.
The multi-purpose sports complex will once again be fully accessible to the general public starting February 26, 2019.