Bataraza mayor Abraham Ibba during the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the Bataraza Sports Complex. (Photo courtesy of Bataraza Information Office)

The Bataraza municipal government on Monday unveiled its newly-built sports complex, anticipating its hosting bid for the Palarong Panlalawigan 2020.

Mayor Abraham M. Ibba, vice mayor Kennedy A. Jaafar, and the Sangguniang Bayan members led the blessing and ceremonial inauguration of the P64-million sports facility in Barangay Marangas, Bataraza.

Ibba, in his message during the ceremony, said the sports center sets into motion a myriad of other “big” projects envisioned for the development of their town.

The newly built sports facility in Bataraza. (Photo courtesy of RTNMC)

“Itong [new sports complex] ay isa sa ating mga pangarap sa Bataraza at hindi lang ito dito nagtatapos. Marami pa tayong pagpaplano kasama si Vice Mayor at ang ating SB Members na gagawing big, big projects,” Ibba said.

The sports complex, which only took 10 months to construct, includes a covered court, a coliseum; four open courts; an international standard swimming pool; and an 800-seating capacity grandstand.

International standard swimming pool of Bataraza Sports Complex (Photo courtesy of RTNMC)

Meanwhile, vice mayor Jaafar challenged the municipal athletes as they prepare for the upcoming provincial sports competition.

“Sa mga atleta, nawa’y masungkit ang kampeyonato ngayong may nagagamit nang pag-eensayuhan,” Jaafar said.

The 800-seating capacity grandstand of Bataraza Sports Complex (Photo courtesy of RTNMC)

In 2018 Provincial Meet, Bataraza ranked 5th in the overall ranking—1st runner up for the secondary level and 5th runner up for the elementary level.

The inauguration was also graced by officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) Districts 1 at 2; Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); Philippine National Police (PNP); Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG); Provincial Tourism Development Office (PTDO); Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC); Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC); and some barangay captains.