Members from the Department of Education Palarong Pambansa Evaluation Team are set to arrive in the province today to conduct an evaluation of Negros Occidental’s bid to host the 2013 Games.
Headed by Ma. Arianne Provido from the office of DepEd Assistant Secretary General Tonisto Umali, the team is tasked to oversee the conduct of the bidding and evaluate the province’s capability to host next year’s national Palaro.
Also with the group are Cesar Abalon, Francis De la Cruz, Edmon Prado, Jason Razal, Manny Bernardino and Engr. Mascardo. They are scheduled to pay a courtesy call to the Office of the Governor today and will proceed to the different playing venues and billeting centers to inspect the existing facilities.
Earlier, Gov. Aflredo Marañon expressed optimism that Negros Occidental will win in its bid to host the national school-based sports competition among elementary and high student-athletes.
Supporting the bid is Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia who stressed that the city and the province has played host to the Palarong Pambansa and the Panaad Stadium was the venue for a couple of international football competitions.
Bacolod also hosted last year the newly-revived POC-PSC National Games and the University of St. La Salle field as venue for the Asia Pacific Softball competition.
DepEd Regional Director Mildred Garay, likewise, is optimistic of Negros’ chances of winning the hosting bid, saying that it is 90 percent sure that the committee will choose Negros Occidental.
Negros hosted four Palarong Pambansa in the past, two at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan in 1998 and 2000, and at the Paglaum Sports Complex in 1974 and 1979.*NAB
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