Additional P1M for Benguet athletes

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


GOVERNOR Nestor Fongwan earmarked another P1 million to fund Benguet’s athletes during their training calendar in preparation of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletics Association hosted by the province to be held February 7-11.

With the regional sports meet nearing, Fongwan made assurance all young athletes representing the province will have sufficient financial support. They are now being housed and trained at the Wangal Sports Complex, the main venue for the upcoming meet.

The additional P1 million will complement the earlier P4.2 million budget earmarked by the provincial government for athletes to perform their best during the weeklong competition.

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

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

Division sports coordinator and Benguet athletic manager Pablo Khayog Jr. confirmed the province has earlier released funds to sustain the training of each of their selected athlete.

“The governor gave separate funds for the training and delegation, for that we are thankful since we really feel the support of our local government sa sports development,” Khayog said.

“As the governor instructed we will train our competitors in the same area where the regional meet will happen, kailangan na we take our advantage sa sariling lugar,” Khayog added.

Khayog added the budget will be used to for allowance, transportation, food, and accommodation of their athletes during their training period.
This year, the province expects to send a total of 712 total delegations including coaches, chaperones, and officiating members, where a total of 540 athletes from the elementary and secondary school will be part of them.

Benguet Sport Development Officer Dean Mark Monang said the province has already taken necessary planning in preparation for the said event.
“We are all prepared for hosting CARAA once again here in Benguet, as of now we don’t see any problems arising in line sa mga activities,” said Monang.

Monang also said they hope to stage better regional sports meet hosting this year.

“Just as the previous years that we held CARAA here in Benguet, I positively think that we have already generated better plans so that we can accommodate each competing cities and provinces well enough,” Monang quipped.

The annual sports event is expecting close to 5000 elementary and secondary students coming from Baguio City, Abra, Apayao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Ifugao, and the host province of Benguet including their coaches and trainers.

This will be the third time the province will be hosting the sports spectacle since 2008.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 23, 2014.

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