Editorial: The region's power tandem-A A +A
Friday, February 14, 2014
TAGUM City and Davao del Norte have every reason to celebrate.
After a successful hosting of the four-day Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet 2014 just recently, they now speed up preparations for the Southern Mindanao Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) Meet 2014 slated Feb. 21 to 23 and the 2014 National Prisaa Collegiate Games on April 6 to 12.
The province's sprawling multi-million investment on the world-class facility known as the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex has indeed spurred the growing interest of national sports organizers to bring big-time events in the area. It had hosted the Davraa Meet 2013 and the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying last year.
The national Prisaa board, according to a Prisaa-Davao official, was impressed by the modern facilities at the DDNSC, saying that having two swimming pools in one sports complex is very rare as most sports complex in the country only have one pool to speak of.
DDNSC's Olympic-sized pool and a warm-up pool more than live up to expectations. The rubberized track oval is up to par and can very well host even international athletic competitions.
Yes, there are still problems on water and power that Tagum and Davao del Norte will have to give special attention to when hosting these upcoming sports events but the over-all impact of just being able to host multiple sports events that are regional and national in scope is already laudable. Just recently, Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario made his pronouncement to bid for the hosting of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.
Should the Palaro hosting be granted to Davao del Norte, expect some 10,000 delegates of athletes, coaches, officials and chaperons coming to the province.
The National Prisaa Collegiate Games that expects some 7,000 delegates from 17 competing regions will be an acid test for that looming Palaro hosting.
Gov. del Rosario made a bold move in building a sports complex of international standards that the Davao Region was denied for decades now. His was a move that gives a strong signal that the province will no longer be just a vast rice field or banana plantation but also the next sports tourism destination in Mindanao.
It's quite ambitious to say but with del Rosario's commitment and cooperation of Tagum City's Mayor Allan Rellon, the best is yet to come.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 14, 2014.