THE provincial government of Negros Oriental is now in a mad dash to address the problem of billeting as delegates of the Palarong Pambansa 2013 started arriving in Dumaguete City.
More than 16,000 delegates are expected to converge in the seaport city for the April 21-27 multi-sports event featuring 21 sporting disciplines for elementary and secondary level student-athletes..
With still less than two weeks to go before the start of the annual meet, provincial coordinator Adolf Aguilar told Spin.ph that all hotels in the province are already fully booked.
“For Dumaguete City alone, we have around 1,600 hotel rooms. Unfortunately, puno na po lahat ng mga hotel rooms natin,” said Aguilar while looking for 3,000 more rooms to house the delegation.
“We’re finding ways to clear up the dormitories and boarding houses since Dumaguete is a university city. Majority of the students will be in their provinces. These dorms will also be opened up,” added the Negros Oriental coordinator.
This early, delegates from ARMM, MIMAROPA, and Central Visayas have already arrived in the city and are all housed at different schools and government facilities.
Aguilar said they have repaired some rooms and put screens on it to avoid the outbreak of dengue or other mosquito-borne diseases.
The provincial government is also providing a modest supply of food stocks to delegates from the 17 different regions.
Acknowledged as the top grassroots development program in the country, the Palarong Pambansa served as breeding ground for future sports heroes.
Among the discoveries of Palarong Pambansa were tracksters Lydia de Vega and Elma Muros-Posadas, chess wizards Wesley So and Mark Paragua, basketball stars Willie Miller and Danny Ildefonso, and multi-titled swimmer Eric Buhain, among others.