Benguet earmarks P4.2M for delegates

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Monday, January 20, 2014


IN ITS bid to steal the over-all crown from perennial champion Baguio City, the province of Benguet has allocated P4.2 million to fund the delegates for the upcoming Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.

With Benguet as host, the province is hoping the budget will be enough to strengthen their bid by earmarking necessary funds for its young sport representatives.

Division sports coordinator and Benguet athletic manager Pablo Khayog Jr. said the provincial council already approved the release of the budget in preparation for the annual sports event.

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"The budget has already been approved and I guess that would really mean a lot since we want to really prepare the selected students in time for CARAA," Khayog said.

Khayog added with the early issuance of the financial support from the provincial government, it will be much easier to stay focused on further developing the skills of the children.

“Siyempre kung wala pa yung pondo how will we get to accommodate yung mga selected na bata that will come from the far areas of provinces, mahirap naman na kapag andiyan na yung competition saka lamang sila darating to train,” Khyaog said.

“That is why we are really thankful sa support given by our leaders sa provincial government, we can simply speak na talagang meron silang support when it comes to sport development dito sa province,” Khayog added.

Khayog said the budget will be spent for the uniform, food, transportation, including medical aid if possibly needed of every member of Benguet’s delegation.

The province is set to send a total of 712 delegates including coaches, chaperones, and officiating members, 540 will comprise athletes from the elementary and secondary school.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said earlier the province will back-up each of its participant in order to perform their best in time of the competition proper.

“To be number one, that is our main goal as I have told athletes coaches and trainers,” Fongwan said.

“Even with limited resources, we in the local government try to slowly improve the sports facilities and programs for the use of our children,” Fongwan added.

Last year, a total of P4.6 million was used to fund the province’s delegation during the staging of CARAA in the province of Apayao.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 21, 2014.

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