BAGUIO CITY – The city government will implement guidelines to regulate the operation of the newly refurbished Baguio Athletic Bowl particularly the track and field area.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city ensured that the rules and regulations, albeit implemented on a temporary basis, are fair and equitable for the benefit of both the end users of the sports complex and the city government.
The mayor earlier signed an administrative order transferring the management of the sports facility from the city environment and parks management office (CEPMO) to the sports and recreation division of the city administrator’s office being the overseer of sports activities and concerns in the city.
The order however will fully take effect once facility has been turned over to the city upon completion of the rehabilitation work by the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The sports office under Gaudencio Gonzales has been managing the swimming pool located inside the athletic bowl and with the impending transfer, the office will have control over the entire facility including the newly installed track oval.
As per the rules and regulations, the track oval will be open for use from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for events and practices coordinated with the city government through the sports and recreation division.
The city will allow free use of the track and field area by Baguio-based athletes undergoing trainings and practices, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Students, government employees and barangay officials will be charged P10 while walk-in users including walkers and joggers will be required to pay P25. Tickets for the payment may be secured at the city treasury office at City Hall. A pass may be obtained from the sports office.
Track assignment was also set with tracks 1 to 4 reserved for athletes while tracks 5 to 8 will be for joggers and walkers.
Requests for exclusive use of the facility may be coordinated with the sports office for assessment.
Persons in street clothes, persons under the influence of drugs and alcohol and food and drinks and persons with medical conditions except under direct supervision of a doctor or health practitioners will not be allowed inside the track and field area.
The following will also be prohibited inside the track and field area: littering, smoking, use of momma, bubble gum and the like; spitting, urinating; use of bikes, skateboards or any wheeled device, vehicle or carts; drones, kites, remote control toys and devices; golf practice driving; pets and speakers or radio; sharp objects except those used for sporting events which will be allowed only in the field area.
Track users must wear proper footgear like running shoes, cross-training, tennis or rubber shoes and not leather shoes, combat boots, heeled shoes.
Users should not leave their things unattended. Bags and personal items must not be left on the tracks while hanging of clothes and things on the fence is also prohibited./Aileen P. Refuerzo