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The city government of Puerto Princesa, headed by City Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron together with other officials, led the groundbreaking of P190.7-million worth of infrastructure projects within Balayong People’s and in Sports Complex and Fitness Park during the 3rd Balayong Trees Nurturing activity.
Mayor Bayron said that two years after the park was established during the first Balayong Tree Planting in July 2017, the construction of infrastructure projects within the park will officially start.
“Ngayong taon na ito ay maraming nakasaad na projects na e-introduce sa Balayong People’s Park natin. Nakikita ko na itong park na ito ay magiging napakagandang park sa mga darating na panahon,” he said.
Mayor Bayron explained that this was made possible with the approval of the release of funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
He said that the construction of the four-lane PSU to Rafols Road within the government center in Brgy. Sta. Monica is now ongoing. It has a spacious pedestrian lane and parking spaces.
The development of Balayong Nature Park is now ongoing with the ongoing construction of Watch Tower, Water Pod, Amphitheater, Learning Pod, and View Deck which cost P 86.5 million.
In the Sports Complex and Fitness Park, the infra projects include: the improvement of existing Volleyball Courts with Covered Bleachers amounting to P 19.5 million; Construction of Indoor Badminton and Table Tennis and Covered Lawn Tennis and Sepak-Takraw Court that cost P 47. 7-million; Repair of New Grandstand basement converted to stock room and weight room for Taekwondo, Wushu, Arnis, Training Boxing Gym, Chess Dorm with P7.2-million budget; and the construction of new swimming pool and conversion of old pool into an infinity pool with canal pavement, overview drain, retaining wall pump and Cistern Tank that cost P 29.6-million.
The city government also presented and demonstrated to the public the newly procured earthballing equipment known as Tree Spade.
Atty. Carlo B. Gomez, city environment and natural resources officer said that they are pushing for the acquisition of the equipment to make earthballing easy and efficient in transplanting trees affected by road widening and other infra projects.
Atty. Gomez assured that Balayong trees that did not survive will have a replacement. Through the City ENRO Office, there is also a provision of continuing maintenance of the Balayong trees to ensure high survival rate.
During the event, the crowd was also entertained through Larong Pinoy. The participants exhibited their talents and skills through games like bamboo boxing, sack race and tug of war.