FROM fifth last year in Zambales, the Davao Region Prisaa finished third overall in the just-concluded National Private School Athletic Association (Prisaa) Games 2018 held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
Davao captured a total of 83 gold medals, 76 silvers and 106 bronzes. Western Visayas was overall champion with 219 golds, 110 silvers and 107 bronzes.
Central Visayas grabbed the runner-up honors by hauling 194 golds, 92 silvers and 73 bronzes.
Davao's senior divison collected 37 golds, 38 silvers and 51 bronzes. Davao's men's baseball team, women's basketball team, men's sepak takraw team and karatedo team clinched the most golds in the core medal tally system.
Davao's youth division mostly relied on the individual events including karatedo, taekwondo, swimming and dancesports. Davao harvested 45 golds, 38 silversand 55 bronzes.
"We are happy that from fifth place last year, we improved to third this year. But we could have won the second place if the Department of Education Region 11 made good of their commitment to send those National Prisaa qualifiers from Palarong Pambansa in Vigan City to Bohol," Prisaa 11 president Ma. Lita Montalban said in an interview.
Executive director Joaquin "Boy" Sarabia, for his part, admitted that Davao Region athletes lack preparation and training as the nationals was set barely two weeks after the regional meet.
"Sige man gud ug ka postpone ang regionals kaniadto maong nag duol na sa nationals. Hopefully, ma-adjust na next year ang gap between regionals and nationals para maka prepare pa ang mga athletes (The regional meet was postponed a few times, hopefully, we could adjust the schedule next year)," Sarabia said, adding that climbing the third spot is already an achievement.
Davao City will host the National Prisaa Games 2019.
"We hoping to become the overall champion," said Montalban who was named National Prisaa President.
"Lamang tayo pag mag host tayo next year kasi dito din ang Prisaa. I hope our beloved Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will support us," she said.
Montalban hopes that the mayor will be happy with the hosting. The city last hosted a National Prisaa Games over four decades ago.
The National Prisaa Board will meet in June in Davao City and will pay a courtesy call on the mayor.