Construction of 2019 SEA Games facilities 'ahead of schedule'

The construction of the venue for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) has begun.

The concrete pouring of the world-class sports facilities in New Clark City started on Wednesday morning by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), along with its partner AlloyMTD Philippines Inc.

Leading the event were Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Secretary General and Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Director Deneral Patrick Gregorio, AlloyMTD President Patrick Nicholas David and BCDA Vice President for Business Development and PHISGOC Deputy Director General for the Athlete's Village Arrey Perez.

"The first concrete pouring of the sports facilities marks the start of our journey to to 2019 Southeast Asian Games. We are committed to finish the sports facilities on time in fact we are ahead of schedule," said David. "This is a huge fulfillment as we pursue this with development of the New Clark City national government center that will house modern training facilities and an athletes' village."

The sports facilities, which are part of the 60-hectare Phase 1 project of the National Government Administrative Center, will house an athletic stadium, a track and field oval, and an aquatic center -- all of which will be built according to the standards of world-governing bodies in athletics. The stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000, while the aquatic center can accommodate 2,000 people.

Satellite offices of various government agencies will also reside in the 200-hectare National Government Administrative Center. Meanwhile, part of the land will be allotted for government housing, parks and support service facilities. The property will be developed in several phases.

An Integrated Operation Center and Disaster Risk Recovery Center will also be built in the future to serve as back-up or redundancy facilities for continuous business operations and services.

ESPN5's Renz Ongkiko contributed to this report.