THE largest collegiate league in northern Luzon remains optimistic of the funding that will come from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
University of the Cordilleras (UC) athletic director Danilo Cong-o told SunStar Baguio the funding is still with the PSC and the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) will just have to follow – up an earlier commitment from PSC chairman William Ramirez.
From an initial pledge of P500,000, Cong-o said the amount is lowered to P200,000 as the PSC chairperson assured this will be released to the local league.
“We just need to follow it up from time to time so we can get the pledge,” said Cong-o.
Ramirez, during a meeting in March this year with members of the BBEAL technical committee promised to give the aid as technical financial assistance for BBEAL's upcoming Season 31 and encouraged the league to start a social program targeting the community.
Kings College of the Philippines will be the host for this year’s BBEAL, which is set to open in October.
The UC Jaguars will have its hands full when it defends the over-all crown including the tournament’s centerpiece men’s basketball.
The Jaguars will also defend their crown in badminton, taekwondo, softball, tennis and wushu for both men and women; men's judo, men's table tennis, and men's volleyball.
University of Baguio seeks redemption after placing second over-all with their titles in archery (men's and women's), women's chess, women's judo, men's swimming, women's table tennis, and women's basketball including women's athletics, arnis (men and women), men's swimming and women's volleyball.
Saint Louis University, meanwhile, shoots for an improved finish after placing third with key victories in men's chess, sepak takraw, and women's swimming.
Season 30 host Philippine Military Academy will defend the over-all crown in boxing while Benguet State University eyes title retention bid in baseball and football.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on August 29, 2017.
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