ATHLETES from different schools in the region are gearing for the Private Schools Association (Prisaa) meet to be held April in Iba, Zambales.

Representatives from participating schools have conducted a thorough inspection of the playing venues of the games for more than 600 schools and colleges all over the Philippines.

Zambales was chosen as a replacement venue after Cagayan Province was devastated by typhoon Karen last year.

BBEAL basketball champions University of the Cordilleras Jaguars declined this year’s invitation to the Chesaa in preparation for Prisaa.

Other events such as volleyball, athletics, Lawn Tennis, badminton, boxing, sepak takraw, gymnastics, golf, table tennis, taekwondo, swimming, football, judo, cycling, will be included in the 17-games event.

BBEAL athletics tournament director Danilo Alimbuyao said the BBEAL and the recently held Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (Caraa) meet served as an avenue for athletes to track their skills and check themselves for improvement.

“Yung mga winners natin dito sa BBEAL, they will represent CAR with their schools and they will be competing against champions from other regions,” Alimbuyao said.