Several sporting events in Dgte postponed due to COVID-19 threat

By Roi Lomotan

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (with mic) confirms that some sporting events in the city have been cancelled due to COVID-19 threat. Remollo shared this update in a press conference with other members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 held March 12, 2020 at the City Session Hall. (PIA7-NegOr)

Several sporting events slated in Dumaguete City have been postponed indefinitely in view of the COVID-19 threat.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo announced this in a press briefing yesterday morning with the members of the City Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 at the City Session Hall.

Some the events he mentioned include the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA), Little League Visayas Regional and National Competitions, and beach volleyball events.

Remollo also said he is planning to meet representatives from other counties participating in the ASEAN School Games which will be held here in November, with the permission of the Department of Education (DepEd), to discuss the possible re-scheduling of the sporting event as a precautionary measure.

The local chief executive proposes to move the ASEAN School Games in July.

“Even if we are to pursue the ASEAN School Games in November, I’m sure several ASEAN member-countries will back out because of the declaration now of the pandemic nature of the virus and with the declaration of a public emergency by the President,” Remollo explained.

“Our sports tourism will be affected but only temporarily,” he added.

Remollo also acknowledged that the threat of COVID-19 will have an effect on the economic movement in the city, but he remains positive that the city will bounce back after the COVID-19 threat has subsided.

The mayor also disclosed that several graduation school rites and conferences in Dumaguete City have been postponed indefinitely or cancelled.

On March 11, 2020, Silliman University (SU) issued an advisory cancelling the conduct of its Honor’s Day, Commencement Exercises, and other mass gatherings starting March 12, 2020.

SU advised graduating students to obtain their diploma and transcript of records at the university registrar and admissions office but they may participate in next year’s graduation rites.

For honor students at SU, they may get their certificates and medals from the said office.

Foundation University (FU) also issued an advisory today directing the postponement of the commencement exercises in all levels of FU.

Moreover, other activities in FU are also cancelled while instructional delivery shall be done online and distance learning starting today until the end of the academic year.

The Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) also declared suspension of classes and work starting today until March 17, 2020 and will resume on March 18, 2020.

NORSU will also disinfect all rooms in its main and satellite campuses during these days.

Despite the series of event cancellations and postponements, Remollo called on the residents to remain calm and avoid panic.

“The authorities from the medical and city government are doing their best to contain and not to prevent the spread of this dreaded virus,” Remollo stressed.

He also urged the public to follow the advisories of the Department of Health to protect themselves from contracting the virus.

PIA Cup returns to Dgte

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 Sen. Pia Cayetano (middle) leads the opening of the 5th Pinay In Action Cup 2020 at the Perdices Coliseum, Dumaguete City on Jan. 13, 2020 with (l-r) Provincial Administrator Dr. Henry Sojor of Negros Oriental, 2nd District Cong. Manuel Sagarbarria, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (DD/PIA Negros Oriental)

The Pinay In Action Football Cup 2020 led by Sen. Pia Cayetano came to Dumaguete City again with hundreds of female football players from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sixteen women’s teams from across the country competed in the 5th Pinay in Action Cup at the Mariano Perdices Coliseum in a three-day competition that ended Sunday.

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo lauded the 16 women’s teams that competed for supremacy of the 5th edition of the annual football tournament for women, one of the biggest meets in the country today.

Cayetano, who made it her advocacy to empower girls through sports, officially opened the tournament with Remollo.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno Depositario said Dumaguete City, which was proclaimed as the Sport Tourism Organizer of the year in the country for the second time, would be hosting more sports events in the coming months aside from PIA Cup, such as the CVIRAA and ASEAN Schools Games in November.

The following are the teams that saw action during the 5th edition of PIA Cup: University of the Philippines women’s football Team X and Y; University of Santo Tomas Teams A and B; Bayawan City Football Club; Futboleras Football Club, Silliman University Women’s Football Club; Kachella Football Club; Tayud United Football Club of Cebu City; Sibulan Football Club; UP Mindanao Football Team of Davao; Red Corals United Football Club Hermusoras of Zamboanga City; Dapitan Football Club; Dipolog Bad Bonitas; FC95 Iligan City and Stonefield Football Club Damas of Ozamis City.



Deped: Dgte best host for ASEAN Schools Games

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed that Dumaguete City in partnership with the provincial Government of Negros Oriental will be the ideal host of the ASEAN Schools Games slated this November 2020.

DepEd OIC-Undersecretary Atty. Revsee Escobedo said the city, with the support of the provincial government, is capable of ensuring that the 12th edition of the ASEAN Schools Games would be most memorable in the history of the annual meet of the best student-athletes in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Escobedo stressed that upon learning that it is the turn of the Philippines to host the ASEAN Schools Games, it was almost a unanimous decision that Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental will be the host of the annual international meet as announced by Deped Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones.

He cited the efficient and long experience of Dumaguete City in successfully hosting national sports events like the Palarong Pambansa, National University Games, Little League Philippines, and Batang Pinoy.

“The readiness and proximity of the playing venues, the total support of the local officials led by Governor Roel Degamo and Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, the efficiency and capability of the working committees, world-class tourist destinations, good hotels and the hospitality of the people make Dumaguete City the best host for the games,” Escobedo said.

This also strengthens Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo’s thrust to make the city one of the prime sports tourism destinations in the Visayas region and the country.

For two straight years in 2017 and 2018, Dumaguete City has been awarded as the Best Sports Tourism Organizer of the Year and runner-up as Sports Tourism Destination of the Year next to Subic Bay Freeport in 2017 by the Philippine Sports Tourism Forum.

The 12th ASEAN Schools Games adopts the theme: “Inspire, Play and Experience,” which according to Escobedo would prove Dumaguete City capable of hosting one of the most memorable sports events in the game’s history.

Both the Philippine Sports Commission and DepEd will look for means in order to upgrade or build the sports facilities for athletics, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, archery, and sepak takraw since it is an international commitment of the Philippines as a country to make sure that the games will be successful.

Escobedo estimates some 3,000 foreign and Filipino athletes to gather in Dumaguete City, in addition to the expected arrival of their supporters and the ministers of Sports and Education of the 10 member ASEAN countries.