PAGCOR funds construction of modern sports facilities in Southern Leyte

Mon| 3.21.2022 | 8:00 AM

PAGCOR funds construction of modern sports facilities in Southern LeytePAGCOR's VP for Corporate Social Responsibility Group Ramon Stephen Villaflor (extreme left) and Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado (extreme right) lead the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony of the PAGCOR–funded sports facilities the at will be built in Barangay Tam-is. Also in photo are PAGCOR's Acting Assistant VP for Community Relations and Services Department Eric Balcos (2nd from left), Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado (2nd from right) and Maasin City Vice Mayor Maloney Samaco (middle).

SOUTHERN Leyte – The city of Maasin will soon realize its longtime dream of having modern sports facilities that will fortify its athletic development programs after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) donated P53.2 million for the construction of said projects on March 18, 2022.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the building of the sports facilities -- composed of an oval track, tennis court and a basketball court -- was held at Barangay Tam-is.

According to Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, the sports facilities which will soon be constructed in their city will be beneficial in their promotion of grassroots sports and in the training of their local athletes who will take part in various prestigious national and international athletic competitions.

“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to PAGCOR, most especially to Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo for helping us realize our dream of having standard sports facilities in our city,” he said.

The local chief executive added that the facilities would help spur economic growth in Maasin as they will be utilized to welcome tourists and visitors who are involved in sports activities.

Meanwhile, PAGCOR Chairman Andrea Domingo said the state-run gaming firm has been fully supporting programs that aid in the training and development of local athletes in the hope of producing more potential athletic talents that could put the country in the global sports map.

“The only way for us to sustain the success of our athletes in the international sports scene is to provide them modern facilities in the community level where they could train comfortably and competitively,” she noted.

The ground breaking event was graced by PAGCOR executives from the agency's Corporate Social Responsibility Group as well as the local executives of Maasin.

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