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The “rubberized” modern sports center no more?

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THE WORD: “THE BODY WILL TELL US THAT ONE DAY WE’LL RETURN TO THE GROUND. THE SOUL WILL TELL US WHO WE ARE. AND THE SPIRIT WILL TELL US WHO OUR CREATOR IS.”

MODERNIZED during the reins of the late former City Mayor Vitaliano Agan to the tune of approximately P60 million in early 1990’s, the Joaquin F. Enriquez(JFE) Memorial Sports Complex appears seriously in bad shape.

TO our own consternation, the majestic and classy spectacle is now gone, in our beholding— wondering why it went kaput all of a sudden.

HOW it pains to see the penchant of many of our friends for their regular early morning workouts and their other outdoor exercises entirely meant for improving their health, suddenly snapped— resulting to some deeply depressed right now.

AMONGST them are former City Mayor Efren “Noning” Arañez, Dist. 1 Councilor Mel Sadain, Engr. Eddie Catis and even ex-Cong. Erbie Fabian, and the rest of our happy joggers here whose fondness to make their routine rounds on the softy of the sports center’s rubberized oval, abruptly  vanished from them.

“ A large portion of the rubberized oval has been cannibalized and destroyed by the evacuees. Some of them converted what they scraped for makeshifts, to form part of their temporary shelters at the evac. site/s,” one sports buff expressed his dismay.
“Bien grabe gayot cosa ya keda diaton sports complex. Ya destrosa gayot sila( evacuees),” another local sports enthusiast decried.

CITY Engr. Luis Despalo revealed to this corner on Monday(Oct. 14), the city has to spend around P100 million to refurbish our ruined sports complex situated on RT Lim Blvd, Baliwasan.

THE bulk of these hundred thousand evacuees stayed at the JFE sports complex when forced to flee their homes at the height of the Sept. bloody standoff authored by the vanquished MNLF-Misuari marauders, and then followed by another colossal crisis when incessant heavy rains and strong winds ravaged the city for several days.

A recently- approved council resolution meant to transfer most evacuees to Calarian Golf Course in Brgy. Upper Calarian, looks like it’ll simply fall on deaf ears.
THE council measure, if heeded, will bring back normalcy to traffic flows on the major thoroughfares of RT Lim Blvd. where large container vans usually cruise their way straight to the PPA wharf situated nearby the boulevard stretch.

IN its move, the council said that such is best as proactive measures to address the foreseen overriding social woes that might worsen when polarize if left unnoticed. 

THEY have even wandered off— becoming as beggars, vagabonds, tramps, and all as virtual mendicants in the aftermath of the crisis— notwithstanding the supposed huge donations pouring in— including those from the USAID, UN and from the score of foreign countries. 

AS of the present, the city, according to pessimists, is even on the brink of a tougher oddball ahead.

For positive thinkers, though, the storm we have gone through, is Blessing in Disguise.

“ We see genuine peace, progress and prosperity to finally come to Zamboanga City. As they say, “Calmness follows in every storm that comes.”

LET’s have a positive outlook, instead, a negative one. It won’t help at all if having a downcast impression of our city, though down but not out at all. For sure, La Bella Zamboanga will bounce back.




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