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Puerto Princesa ready to host Palaro 08 (Sports) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 January 2008

PUERTO PRINCESA - Sports officials here have expressed readiness for the staging of this year’s Palarong Pambansa scheduled from April 20-26.

Speaking over the government-owned DWRM-Radyo ng Bayan Palawan hosted by Ka Ernie Alcala, city sports director Gregorio Austria said that this early, preparations are being undertaken by the city government, Department of Education (DepEd) and other concerned private and government agencies to ensure the success of hosting the annual sports meet.

Different committees of the Task Force Palaro involved in the sports event have been meeting every Wednesday afternoon at the city’s coliseum to discuss issues and concerns related to the preparations, he said.

Austria, also city legal officer, said the Palaro committees have made sure that problems such as lack of billeting areas for athletes and sports officials, insufficient food supplies, power outages, water scarcity, transportation, among others will not happen during the event.

He said the city has enough sports facilities for the said competition, citing the world-class coliseum that has a seating capacity of 8,000 and sports complex complete with track and field, Olympic-sized pool, among others.

He said the sports complex’s rubberized track and field oval is undergoing renovation, but he said it will be used during Mimaropa regional meet, which is also slated here 10 days before the Palaro.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will provide technical support for the DepEd and city government in terms of equipment and manpower.

The PSC Chairman William Ramirez has designated newly appointed commissioner Eric Loretizo to coordinate with Palaro technical committee head Len Toledo.

Loretizo and Toledo will meet on Jan. 28 to jumpstart preparations for the prestigious event.

It is reported that Education department will allot a P60-million budget for the annual multi-sporting event for secondary and primary level.

Almost 8,000 athletes from country’s 17 regions are expected to compete in 18 regular sports and karatedo as demonstration sports.

Among the sports to be contested are arnis, athletics, archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, sipa, softball, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis and volleyball.

During the annual national sportsfest, this cleanest and greenest city will showcase its flora and fauna to nature lovers, its rich cultural heritage and Palawenos’ hospitality and warmth.

Mayor Edward Hagedorn has taken the initiative to channel its efforts in promoting its sights, natural and historical, through sports tourism.

The city has successfully hosted both local and international sporting events in the past, most prominent of which are: the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia- Philippines - East ASEAN Growth Area) Games in 2003, the National Youth and Women's Amateur Boxing Championship, the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) Regional Athletic Association Games, the International Invitational Sepak Takraw Championships and the best-ever attended motorsports event in Philippine sports history, the FIM-UAM Asia Pacific Motocross Championships. (PNA)


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