The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) stands by its position that the process undertaken for the construction of internationally certified sports facilities in New Clark City is completely legal and above board.
The BCDA issued the statement in the wake of graft and malversation complaints filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against President and CEO Vivencio “Vince” Dizon and several others in connection with the deal with a Malaysian firm for the construction of the sports facilities that was used when the country hosted the 2019 SEA Games.
The BCDA said the project is supported by the advice of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the favorable opinion issued by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) as early as October, 2018.
“The government and the entire nation delivered a successful hosting of the 2019 SEA Games which brought tremendous pride and honor not just to our national athletes but to the entire country.
New Clark City – home to the first world-class sports facilities developed by the government since the 1930s when the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex was built – will be the administration’s lasting legacy to benefit the national sports community and inspire future generations of athletes,” the BCDA stated.
BCDA is confident in addressing any and all issues pertaining to the development of this legacy project.
It said the sports facilities were built in record time as part of the National Government Administrative Center Phase 1A development in New Clark City, as necessitated by the Philippines’ hosting of the 2019 SEA Games.
Everything was done in a very transparent manner.
“We welcome this opportunity to explain and we are confident to present our side to the Office of the Ombudsman. Rest assured that BCDA will comply with the process in our duty to serve the best interest of the public,” it said.