ZAMBONGA CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the construction of the PhP22 million weightlifting center is now in full-swing in this city.

Cholie Roble, DPWH district engineer, on Wednesday said they are closely coordinating with the private contractor to ensure the project will be completed by February 2018, as scheduled.

The center is being constructed inside the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Barangay San Jose-Cawa-Cawa.

Councilor Elbert Atilano, who is the Philippine Weightlifting Association vice president, earlier said that the two-storey training center will have complete equipment, including a 32-athlete capacity dormitory.

He said the completion of the training center will enhance the performance of the weightlifting athletes since they will have good facility.

There are at least 100 weightlifting athletes based in this city.

One of the locally-raised weightlifting athletes is Hidilyn Diaz, the Rio Olympic silver medalist.

Roble said the project is funded through the local infrastructure program initiated by first district Rep. Celso Lobregat trough the DPWH. (PNA)