The Philippine Sports Commission said it will spend only for sports-related activities in the Philippine National Games, that is co-hosted by Dumaguete City and the province of Negros Oriental, from May 27 to June 2.
Jolly Gomez, PSC commissioner, issued the clarification in the final briefing with city and provincial officials yesterday, saying he wanted to do away with unnecessary expenses in the opening ceremonies, parade and fireworks, to save on costs.
But if the host local government units are willing to shoulder these expenses, it will be much appreciated, he said.
Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said that as host LGU, the city will have to shell out money for activities like hosting dinner for sports officials and guests.
Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco said that as agreed on in the first meeting, the province will allow the use of all its sports facilities, and bear the expenses for the fireworks display.
The PSC is investing more than P32 million for this year’s PNG, with P25 million to be spent in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, and the remaining amount for activities that will not be played in the province, like water sports, gymnastics, and boxing.
Of the amount, P4.2 million will be for the acquisition of equipment, P2.2 million for mattresses to be used by athletes, P5 million for transportation, P2 million for the shipment of equipment, professional fees for technical men, stipend for the 200 student-volunteers, uniforms, and food.
A total of 4,280 athletes are participating in the sporting event, and around 500 officials, coaches, and referees.*JG
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