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Home of future Olympians: Wes Gatchalian sees promise in Valenzuela’s new sports arena

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By Billy Begas

Deputy Speaker and Valenzuela City Rep. Wes Gatchalian is confident that the newly inaugurated Wellness Entertainment and Sports Arena will produce players who will bring home Olympic medals.

“Naniniwala ako na isang araw, mula sa arena na ito ay may susunod pa sa yapak at maabot ang kaparehong tagumpay na natamo ng medalists ng ating bansa sa nakaraang Tokyo Olympics,” Gatchalian said.

The WES Arena, located in a 1.2 hectare lot in Barangay Punturin has world-class facilities for basketball, badminton, volleyball, boxing, and martial arts.

It also has a dance studio, darts area, chess tables, billiards tables, food kiosks, medical clinic, VIP holding room, referee room, dugout, and locker rooms.

Gatchalian said that while the government is imposing limitations on indoor activities, WES Arena will be used as a vaccination site. Around 2,000 individuals could be vaccinated in the area daily.

“Kaya naman ang pansamantalang pag-convert ng pasilidad na ito ay maituturing na kontribusyon natin sa layuning mapabilis ang pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa ating mga mamamayan para maabot ang herd immunity,” Gatchalian added.

Valenzuela City targets to vaccinate 476,000 residents of which 59% or 280,306 are now fully vaccinated.