Negros Occidental Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor (right), with Department of Education-Negros Occidental Division Sports Officer Romeo Sison (left), turns over sports supplies to the athletes who will compete in the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet on February 17 to 23 in Roxas City, Capiz. (Photo courtesy of Richard Malihan/NegOcc Capitol PIO)
BACOLOD CITY -- Delegates to the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet in Roxas City, Capiz this month received PHP15.534 million in allowances on Wednesday.
A total of 534 student-athletes will represent Negros Occidental in the sports meet from February 17 to 23 and the money will be for their training, meals, uniforms, transportation, sports supplies and other needs.
Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor said on Thursday that Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is supportive of the province’s sports program which have been producing athletes who have made it to the Philippine national teams.
“Participating in a sporting event is one way of training the athletes to be good in their respective fields and to help them improve their skills and develop their potential,” he said.
Verdeflor turned over the financial assistance and sports supplies to the athletes and coaches led by Department of Education-Negros Occidental Division Sports Officer Romeo Sison in a ceremony held at the division office here.
Sison said the Negros Occidental delegation, which also includes 187 coaches and trainers, will leave for Capiz on February 15, and they will be billeted at the President Manuel Roxas Memorial School.
This is the second year that Negros Occidental has re-joined the WVRAA Meet after competing separately in 2017 under the Negros Island Region (NIR).
After the NIR was abolished in August 2017, Negros Occidental again competed as another province in the 2018 WVRAA Meet held in Iloilo City.
Last year, Negros Occidental won 138 golds, 126 silvers, and 66 bronze medals in the elementary division while in the secondary level, the Negrenses took home 184 golds, 184 silvers, and 68 bronze medals. (PNA)