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UP opens new training center for Fighting Maroons
| Written by Fred Dabu
The varsity teams of the University of the Philippines (UP), collectively called the “UP Fighting Maroons,” will have a new training center starting this year to hone their skills and pursue excellence in sports. Officials of the UP and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led the inauguration of the UP Varsity Training Center (UP VTC) on January 25, 2023.
Located at the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK) grounds at E. Jacinto Street corner Magsaysay Avenue in the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City, the center has a total floor area of 1,879.42 square meters. It offers a wide range of “state-of-the-art resources to help UP student-athletes reach their full potential.” Faculty and students can also use the center for academic purposes such as research and instruction.
The project, which had an allocated budget of Php130 million for the period 2019-2023, was completed with the support of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and the DPWH under the leadership of Sec. Mark A. Villar.
The CHK’s new facility provides UP athletes with the latest training and conditioning equipment. Team members can also use the conference rooms for meetings and the court for basketball and other indoor sports.
Construction of phase one of the training facility started in July 2019. Completion of phase three is scheduled for April 2023. The DPWH Quezon City 2nd District Engineering Office serves as an implementer. DEVEX Incorporated is the contractor for the project.
UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo, UP President-elect Angelo A. Jimenez, UP Fighting Maroons manager Agaton O. Uvero, Department of Public Works and Highways – National Capital Region (DPWH – NCR) Assistant Regional Director Juby B. Cordon and UP CHK Dean Francis B. Diaz delivered messages of support for the student-athletes during the event.
AVP for Public Affairs Jose Wendell Capili served as program emcee.
This training center is the latest facility for UP athletes built and completed in the Diliman campus during the Concepcion administration, adding to the baseball field, football stadium, and the Epsilon Chi health and fitness center that opened in previous years.