Student athletes from Negros Occidental, along with their coaches and trainers will leave today for the 2018 PalarongPambansa to be hosted by Vigan Iloilo Sur from April 16 to 21.
Negros Occidental DepEd sports coordinator Romeo Sison said the Negros delegation will join their counterparts from Panay Island to represent Western Visayas in the annual meet.
“We are happy and excited to compete once again in the Palaro under the banner of Western Visayas,” Sison said.
For their participation in the national games, the provincial government allocated P8 million for the Negros delegation, Sison said, adding that each athlete received at least P13,000 training allowance from the province.
Among those who will wear the Region 6 colors to the Palaro in Vigan are the members of the elementary boys and girls’ athletics, secondary girls’ athletics, elementary and secondary boys and girls’ tennis, elementary basketball, elementary football, secondary girls’ volleyball, elementary and secondary softball, elementary boys and secondary girls’ taekwondo and sepak takraw.
Sison said two football athletes from Negros Occidental were selected to the secondary boys’ team, along with their contemporaries from Iloilo, but they opted not to join the selection.
Negros Occidental filed a petition for a rematch with Iloilo after the championship match in secondary football during the WVRAA was interrupted by an altercation between the Negros coach and the referee.
Despite the petition, the WVRAA officials declared Iloilo as champion.
Meanwhile, Sison said that with Negros Occidental once again under the banner of Western Visayas, Region 6 is a major threat to the supremacy and domination of the National Capital Region of the Palaro.
The Western Visayas delegates will stay in three separate billeting schools – Bulag Elementary School, Bantay National High School, and Paing Elementary School – which are about a kilometer and a half away from Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocus Sur.
Sison said the team that inspected the three billeting areas was satisfied by the location and condition of the schools.*NAB
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