The upcoming Philippine National Games (PNG) is an opportunity for Negros Oriental to showcase its modern sports facilities.
Gov. Roel Degamo said this after Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City agreed to host this year’s PNG from May 26 to June 3.
Some of the province’s modern and upgraded sports venues expected to be used during the PNG are the Perdices Coliseum’s state-of-the-art rubberized oval track, the Olympics-standard swimming pool at the Aqua Center, and the Lamberto Macias Sports Center.
The sports center was recently modernized by the provincial government, such as installing cushioned flooring, which costed around P6 million.
“That flooring is similar to the ones in the basketball courts used by the National Basketball Association in America,” said Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo in an interview.
“Coaches of the Philippine Basketball Association, whenever they hold their out-of-town games here, told us that our center is one of the best outside of Metro Manila,” he added.
PNG is also seen to spruce up the economy in the city, as more than 5,000 athletes, officials, and coaches nationwide are expected to gather in Dumaguete City for the 25 different games. (RMN-PIA Negros Oriental)