UP asked to rush sports complex design in time for March bidding

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways has asked the University of the Philippines Mindanao to fast-track the blueprint for the Davao City Sports Complex at its campus in Mintal so the bidding can begin in March.

In a telephone interview Sunday, UPMin vice chancellor for administration Antonio Obsioma said the school’s in-house architects would have to finish the designs as soon as possible. “The team is already considering many designs,” he said.

At the moment, the team is working on the costing for the project aside from needed changes to the plan from the UP system.

Another source, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said the original timeline for the design completion was the later half of 2015.

“But Congressman (Isidro) Ungab himself does not like a haphazard design of the facility,” Obsioma said.

Ungab, in an earlier interview, said the project would initially cost P250 million to meet the needs of the city government.

The facility would be capable of initially hosting regional or national events.

According to Obsioma, UP was “shocked” by the availability of the funds, adding it did not anticipate the pace that it was taking.

“We thought that we could submit around the middle of the year,” Obsioma said. “But the project needs to be for bidding. Of course, in everything, there are always challenges.”

The UP official said they are also waiting for the schedule of the public hearing for the memorandum of understanding for the project, under the rules committee headed by Councilor Bernard Al-ag.

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