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    Lack of hotels an issue as Davao del Norte weighs capacity to host 2019 SEA Games

    Nov 26, 2016

     TAGUM City, Davao del Norte — Gov. Antonio del Rosario said the province still has issues to address before it can declare itself ready to host the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

    "We've already had discussions with the Philippine Sports Commission with regards to possibly hosting the SEA Games in 2019," said Del Rosario when the question was raised during the press conference for the 2016 Batang Pinoy.

    [See POC president Peping Cojuangco suggests Davao as possible host for 2019 SEA Games]

    "We also have to consider that these are national athletes so hindi na pwede ang eskwelahan pang billeting so ang kailangan natin dito ay hotel. Unfortunately dun kami medyo short."

    Del Rosario said there's still a possibility Davao del Norte can host events as a satellite venue.

    [See PSC conducts early inspection of Davao facilities for possible hosting of 2019 SEA Games]

    "Being realistic, we informed the PSC that we obviously cannot host the all games. So we're looking at possibly hosting two or three games here in the sports complex," said Del Rosario, who prefers swimming and other combat sports.

    "...there was a proposal that SEA Games will be spread out throughout the country. So we're just waiting kung ano yung sports we're going to host." 

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