Manaoag— “Let’s have two, three or four sports center in Region I.”
Thus said Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr, during the Region I Athletic Association (R1AA) Fellowship Night last February 18 at the Manaoag Pilgrim Center here.
Governor Espino said, “ Matagal ko ng sinasabi noon pa na mag-usap-usap kami ng mga gobernador na gumawa ng dalawa o tatlo o apat na training centers at isa na po yung sa Pangasinan.’
To improve the performance of athletes from Region I in the national games, the governor also urged DepEd officials to discuss among themselves on how to help train athletes.
Governor Espino went further and even offered the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) as a training venue for athletes in Region I as it once was used as venue for Palarong Pambansa in 2012.
Speaking before technical officials, DepEd Regional and Division officials of R1AA, Espino also said, “We are willing to support elementary and high school athletes as well as the coaches and to provide food and accommodation during the duration of their training.”
The fellowship night was graced by Board Member Liberato Villegas, Mayor Kim Mikael Amador, Provincial Sports Director Modesto Operania, Executive Assistant Ramon Morden, Assistant Provincial Health Officer Jeremy Rosario and Special Events Chief Marife Acerit among others.
After the formal program, the audience was treated to a series of cultural performances by the Dangoan Pangasinan Dance Troupe. /EjS