Palaro Execom still awaits PNoy assistance

With the schedule of the Palarong Pambansa fast approaching, the Palaro Executive Committee headed by former congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos is still awaiting for the assistance from the national government under the administration of President Noynoy Aquino.

This remains the biggest hurdle the Palaro Execom is yet to hurdle.

This was related in an interview with this paper recently by Palaro co-chair and Hudyaka Festival co-chair, Atty. Ivan Patrick Ang.

“Right now, we have not yet received the assistance from the national government. Although we are very optimistic that the P-Noy administration will ultimately release such funding as we already wrote a letter to the Office of the President,” Atty. Ang, who is also the Zanorte Tourism officer, said. “And we are optimistic that he will grant it because it is already in the general appropriations act wherein there is an item there allocated for school athletics. And what better way to allocate for such school athletics other than the Palaro?”

The provincial tourism head honcho added that, according to his sources, during past Palaro events, especially during the GMA administration, there was a counterpart from the national government given to the host. “We just hope that the release will be sooner. We know for a fact that there is a budget of P200 million for school athletics and we requested the same amount for this year’s staging. If they will release it, well and good. If they approve only half, or one fourth, that will be enough also. That will be accepted with all gratitude,” Ang said.

With regard the support from the Dipolog City government, Tourism Officer Ang lamented the existence of a resolution by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dipolog allowing only two delegations to be hosted by Dipolog. He said that, as far as he is concerned, the city government of Dipolog has no say in such a matter since it is within the power of the Department of Education to allow said delegations to be billeted in DepEd schools all over the city.

“I hope the city government, particularly the SP, will reconsider its resolution. These schools are not under their control, these are DepEd properties. I hope they will consider their position in terms of cooperation,” he said. “In my opinion, it is not within their powers to prohibit public schools from hosting athlete delegations, it is under the Deped. You cannot prevent your neighbor from accepting guests when you do not own the house.”

Asked to rate Dipolog City’s cooperation with the Palaro in a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, Ang would rate such as a modest 5, but not without an explanation.

According to co-chair of the Palaro, he sees the difference between the city of Dipolog and the city government of Dipolog. He said that the people of Dipolog want Palaro to succeed. He said that the people want to cooperate.

“Based on recent pronouncements of Mayor Evelyn Uy, it is hard to rate from 0 to 10. You have to make a demarcation line between the city government of Dipolog and the city of Dipolog. The city of Dipolog is a territorial host as some of the delegations will be placed here in our public schools. However, the city government of Dipolog has a resolution from the SP allowing only two delegations to be hosted. When they reconsider such resolution, it is only then that I will improve their rate of cooperation from 5 to, maybe, 6,” Ang related.

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