THE Young Men's Christian Association is set to open a three-month long Palarong Pambarangay next month.

Scheduled to open on September 18 and to run until the first week of December, the competition aims to improve the status of the city's sports development program.

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"We are still in the process of working out the program with the city government particularly the Association of Barangay Councils and hopefully, we will get their nod," said YMCA program coordinator Bobby Vinluan.

Games being lined up include basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton and all combative sports including arnis.

Vinluan said the opening of the competition will also coincide with the opening of the newly refurbished YMCA gym after more than four months of construction.

The competition is also in response with the provision in the Local Government Code (RA 7160) mandating all local chief executives to "conduct an annual Palarong Barangay, Pambayan Panglungsod and Panlalawigan, which will feature traditional sports and disciplines included in national and international games."

Barangay games also aim to enhance grassroots sports and bolster the promotion and propagation of sports nationwide.

Vinluan said during their initial meeting with the ABC, the proposal was carefully studied and being considered by officials led by ABC president, Joel Alangsab.

The plan if pushes through, it would cover three weeks of fierce competition among the 128 barangays of the City.