NegOr, City back 21st UNIGAMES

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo will be providing all out support to the successful staging of the 7-day Philippine University Games (UNIGAMES) slated October 24-30.

Approximately 1, 500 athletes, coaches, diginitaries and technical officials representing nearly 40 colleges and universities have already confirmed their participation to the collegiate sports event with humble beginnings 21 years ago.

UNIGAMES President Roger Banzuela noted that the decline in the number of participating schools is mainly caused by the implementation of K-12 program that denied universities with potential athletes as students of senior high schools are not yet college students therefore, not allowed to join.

Both Degamo and Remollo committed to provide security, medical and first aid services, transportation for arrival and departure, among other assistance.

Remollo will be hosting a fellowship dinner for the heads of delegations and school Presidents after the opening ceremony at his residence.

The organizing committee has designated West City Elementary School, Junob City Elementary School, South City Elementary School, Batinguel Elementary School, North City Elementary School, Camanjac Elementary School and Magsaysay Memorial Elementary School as the billeting quarters for the athletes.

Five other school delegations will be staying in hotels and pension houses at their own expense. Games will be played primarily in the sports facilities in Dumaguete and the municipality of Valencia.

Banzuela appealed to the drivers of tricycles to avoid overcharging the athletes of their fares considering that they are still students. He is certain that some of the UNIGAMES officials and athletes will be renting motorcycles and vans to visit tourism sites and destinations through the direction of City Tourism Officer Jackie V. Antonio, who is in charge of the tours and recreation.

The Kahayag Dance Troupe and Sandurot Festival contingent are expected to present and enliven the opening ceremony on October 24 at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex.

A party from Naga, which is eyeing to host next year’s UNIGAMES, will be observing the organization and conduct of the games.

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