Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao said she is confident Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones is 101 percent supportive of Antique's bid to host the Palarong Pambansa next year.
Cadiao said in an interview that the DepEd secretary hails from Antique province and so she herself would like the province to play host to the national sporting event.
The governor said that she considers hosting the Palaro as an opportunity to showcase Antique and at the same time for the Antiqueños to gain from its economic benefits.
Last week, evaluators for the Palarong Pambansa visited Antique to inspect sports facilities and billeting areas in the province. The evaluation had so far already yielded positive comments.
Meanwhile, Cadiao said she is asking her political adversaries to set aside politics for a time and support the hosting of Palarong Pambansa. She is also asking resolutions of support from the municipal councils.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. announced the province will no longer join in the bid to host the 2017 Palarong Pambansa.
Marañon said that hosting the games will cost the province P70 million as the Department of Education will not be providing a budget for the host province and city.
Aside from Negros Occidental, the province of Iloilo and Cebu City were among those who earlier expressed interest to join in the hosting bid. Reporter, however, said Iloilo is also withdrawing its bid, leaving Antique and Danao City (Cebu) as probable host of next year's national games.*
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