THE postponement of the Philippine National Games (PNG) came rather late as some parents of Davao City athletes have already purchased plane tickets for Cebu City where the weeklong sportsfest was earlier set to be held on December 10 to 16.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez bared the postponement in a press conference in Manila last week and was aired via Facebook live.
Development Division-City Mayors Office Officer-in-Charge Michael Aportadera said during the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum on Thursday, November 9, at the NCCC Mall Davao Food Cove function hall, said: "Sa part ng parents, mostly nakapalit na ug tickets (Parents have bought plane tickets) because they are very excited to see their children compete while representing Davao City."
The city sports chief also underscored the disappointment of athletes, coaches and trainers who have been training day and night.
"Don't get me wrong but I speak on behalf of the athletes, coaches and trainers. Dili lalim mag prepare for a national level game for a short span of time (It's not easy to prepare for a national game). When the announcement came out, it was a month and a half to go before December so excited ang tanan. For our part in the LGU (Local Government Unit), we have to make the necessary paper works and complete everything in detail, so dali-dali jud ang tanan (we have to rush everything)."
He said the PSC couldn't even give them a definite answer on the status of the PNG.
"Halos tanang tao sa PSC amoa nalang ginatawagan (We almost tried calling all the personel in the PSC) to ask if the preparation is okay because we also need to make arrangements with the athletes in terms of transportation and billeting as we didn't want to worry the athletes," he said.
He, however, said there was no official statement issued by the PSC as they only received a letter addressed to all LGUs that there will be a PNG.
"We tried calling Commissioner Ramon Fernadez but he cannot be reached since he was in Beijing. Since the office of the PSC couldn't give us a definite answer so didto nako nag lagot kay we (LGU's) are entitled to information we should be getting because we are responsible for the arrangements," Aportadera explained.
Good thing though that SDD-CMO hasn’t purchased the tickets of the athletes and its staff yet.
Aportadera also said, "I cannot question the ability of the chairman. I admire his guts and bravery because he really stood up. Kana lang, the professionalism side of the PSC because I'm sure dili lang Davao City ang naapektuhan kundi tanan jud (Because I'm sure that Davao City is not the only one affected but probably all)."
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on November 10, 2017.
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