Tag­bi­la­ran, Or­moc City, dis­putes 2019 Batang Pi­noy Fi­nals host­ing

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TAG­BI­LA­RAN City in Bo­hol and Or­moc City in Leyte are now in a tug-of-war to be­come the host of na­tional fi­nals of the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion’s grass­roots and mass base sports de­vel­op­ment pro­gram Philip­pine Na­tional Youth Games-Batang Pi­noy (PNYG-Batang Pi­noy).

It was re­vealed by PSC Chair­man Wil­liam Ramirez dur­ing the mem­o­ran­dum-ofa­gree­ment sign­ing with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Davao Del Norte, Is­abela and Iloilo that will host the Min­danao, Lu­zon and Visayas qual­i­fy­ing legs of the multi-sports tour­na­ment for 15years-old and below in­school and out-of­school youth.

Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment Chief and Youth and Sports De­vel­op­ment head Gio­vanni Gu­lanes rep­re­sented Gover­nor An­to­nio del Rosario for Davao Del Norte that will host Min­danao Qual­i­fy­ing Leg this Fe­bru­ary 2-9.

Rep­re­sent­ing Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Iloilo Provin­cial Gover­nor Arthur De­fen­sor, Sr. was City Sports co­or­di­na­tor Moises Sa­lomon for be­ing the Visayas qual­i­fy­ing leg host start­ing Fe­bru­ary 23 to Marso 2.

Lu­zon qual­i­fy­ing leg host Ila­gan City, Is­abela sent a com­plete team to rep­re­sent Mayor Eve­lyn Diaz with Gen­eral Ser­vices Of­fice head Ricky Lag­gui, City In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Paul Ba­cun­gan, Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Nicole Balin­gao and track and field re­gional di­rec­tor Drolly Car­va­jal for the March 16 – 23 meet.

“We are seal­ing this part­ner­ship with our host LGUs to en­sure mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion and achieve a suc­cess­ful stag­ing of Batang Pi­noy from Min­danao, Visayas and to Lu­zon,” said Ramirez of the meet that was al­most can­celled this year but was re­con­sid­ered after the LGUs and Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion bent on its huge help for the youth.

“It was al­most can­celled be­cause of pro­gram du­pli­ca­tion but hinil­ing sa atin ng mga LGUs at DepEd mismo na it­u­loy dahil hindi lamang nito nabibi­gyan ng pagkakataon ang mga es­tudyante kundi pati na ang mga out-of-school youth at ibang mahi­hi­rap na ka­bataan na umunlad sa sports,” Ramirez said.

“Our gover­nor An­thony Del Rosario be­lieve that sports is a high­way to the de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try and he sees in Batang Pi­noy as the best op­por­tu­nity to re­al­iz­ing the progress of our prov­ince,” Gu­lanes said of Davao Del Norte.

“Our City Mayor Eve­lyn Diaz ex­press her full sup­port on the sports de­vel­op­ment pro­gram of PSC that is why the city of Is­abela is ex­tend­ing and is al­ways open to all its up­com­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Lag­gui for Is­abela that will also host the 2019 SEA Youth Ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships and Philip­pine Ath­let­ics Open.

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