TARLAC—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan [SP] through Provincial Ordinance No. 001-2010 has renamed the historic Tarlac Recreational Park [TRP] into the Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Complex in honor of the late Tarlac Governor and Representative Jose “Aping” Villa Agustin Yap.
Authored by then Board Members Amado de Leon and Carlito David, the ordinance which was enacted March 25 of last year, stated that “the establishment of a modern and fully-equipped sports center in the province of Tarlac was conceived as early as 2004 by the late Congressman Jose Yap who was then the governor.”
The purchase and acquisition of the lot for the sports center was established and negotiated during the late Yap’s term.
“Whereas, having put in place the establishment of the sports center during his term as governor of the province, the late Congressman Jose V. Yap continued to work towards the realization of the sports complex by making it as one of his major priority projects as Congressman of the second district of Tarlac,” the ordinance declared.
The ordinance further read, “that the TRP, is undeniably the brainchild of the late Yap, which he, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Tarlac through Governor Victor Yap, has put to completion [and was] the venue of the Palarong Pambansa 2010.”
The present and past members of provincial board led by Vice Governor Pearl Angeli Pacada, Board Members Rommel David, Noel dela Cruz, Tito Razalan, Harmes Sembrano, Antonio Cervantes Jr., Enrico de Leon, Danilo Asiaten, Henry Cruz, Danilo David, George Feliciano, Jude Joseph David and John Patrick Agustin and former Board Members Carlito David, Amado de Leon, Frank Dayao, Pablito Rosete, Tyrone Aganon and Danilo Malonzo presented the ordinance to the family of Yap and was received by his widow, Zenaida and children Daniel, San Jose Mayor Jose Jr., Congresswoman Susan, and Governor Victor.
In Jose Jr.’s response, he thanked the former and present SP for the honor and said that his family is proud that the sports center be named after his late father.
Gov. Victor for his part said that he is honored that [the TRP] was renamed in honor of his father and thanked the provincial board.
“Isang pasasamat ng pamilya. The ordinance was signed on March 2010 so that was a few weeks after my dad died. We’re grateful for the people who made this possible,” he said.
The governor likewise lamented the reasons why it took him that long to accept the ordinance.
“Marahil nagtataka ang ibang tao kung bakit di ko agad tinanggap [ordinance]. Ang tatay ko ay di naman hangad na ipangalan sa kanya ang mga ginagawa niya. I think what is important is the things he went through in life, his service to our people,” he pointed-out adding that a simple marker for his father should have been enough as recognition for his efforts.
“Muli, maraming salamat to the honor you have bestowed to my father,” he said.
The newly renamed sport complex has an Olympic standard track-and-field oval and swimming pool, two football, baseball and soft baseball fields, two basketball, volleyball, sepak takraw and sipa courts, a VIP lounge and a media center. It is situated on a 78-hectare hilly terrain.
(by: PIO Media Affairs/Arvin Cabalu; http://tarlac.gov.ph/pp-newsdetails.php?id=73)