Dumaguete City is all set for this year’s Philippine National Games (PNG), which will commence on May 25 in different venues in the city.
City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said more than 5,000 national athletes, coaches, and sport officials are expected to arrive today in Dumaguete City.
With, this, the schools and premises of the city are all set as venues for games and accommodations of the athletes.
“Despite the two calamities that hit us, and we are up and about, life has to go on and we are ready for any activity that may come to the city and the province,” said Sagarbarria.
According to the mayor, security measures are now in place with the Dumaguete police office and regional police command in charge of the safety of all athletes and officials attending the multi-event meet, which serves as the national open championships of the country.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Jolly Gomez said the sporting event will have 25 different games which will be staged in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.
Events include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiards, chess, dance sports, football, futsal, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
The city and the province Negros Oriental are the host local government units of this year’s Philippine National Games, which will be on May 25 to June 3, with a P25-million budget from the PSC.
The PNG is the number one competition for Philippine sports as venue to choose the top athletes for the country to represent international sports. (www.ugnayan.com)