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    Big savings as Rizal pitch renovation okayed

    Jul 5, 2012

    THE Philippine Sports Commission expects to gain a significant amount of savings after the renovation of the playing surface of the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

    The PSC has been given the green light by the Department of Justice last month to enter into an agreement with the Philippine Football Federation to turn the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium’s grass pitch into an artificial turf.

    The PSC had initially asked for the DOJ’s opinion on the plan to lease out the stadium for 25 years in exchange for the renovation to be funded by the Fifa’s Goal project.

    “The cost of maintaining the field will run from about P100,000 a month and will go down to about US $3,000 to $5,000 a year,” said PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia in the PSC’s weekly radio program on DZSR-AM. “Malaking savings ito while using the field more often.

    “It will be the official stadium of the Philippines wherein darating ang panahon na kapag may Suzuki Cup, may accepted stadium na tayo ng Fifa,” Garcia added.

    The PSC is now prepared to draft of the memorandum of agreement with PFF. Garcia said that De La Salle University will also be part of the MOA since they funded the initial renovation of the field during the administration of former chairman Harry Angping.

    Once the MOA is signed, Garcia said that renovation will take about three months.

    Meanwhile, the Philippine Olympic Committee is holding a three-day strength and conditioning seminar for national athletes and coaches at the PhilSports Arena.

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    Carlos Sumulong, a Filipino based in California, along with his wife Heather is supervising the seminar which ends Friday.

    Sumulong is a nephew of POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, who is a staunch advocate of proper strength and conditioning and nutrition to Filipino athletes.

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