Lingayen – To assists the host LGU of Manaoag, the provincial government on instruction of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. has started helping in the ground preparations and construction of support facilities which will be used by the participating delegations during the Region I Athletic Association (R1AA) 2015 Meet in Manaoag on February 15-21.
Provincial Engineer Victor Punay said repair of classrooms that will serve as billeting quarters and playing venues us ongoing in schools in Manoag and San Jacinto upon the request of LGU-Manaoag and host DepEd schools division, Pangasinan II.
The Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) constructed bleachers at the main playing venue in Manaog National High School, Punay said, while 20 portable toilets with water system and lighting have been constructed as support facility.
Said support facility will also be beneficial to Manaoag “as we expect the influx of a large number of parishioners, Catholic devotees and pilgrims who will attend in the solemn proclamation of the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag on February 17,” Executive Assistant III Modesto Operania said.
Neck-and-neck battle of well-trained athletes craving supremacy in various sporting events will ignite the rivalry of top-performing schools division in the weeklong sports spectacle.
Hundreds of athletes representing schools divisions in the province – Pangasinan I and Pangasinan II – are now having rigorous training and conditioning with the support of the provincial government led by Governor Espino.
As early as January, Governor Espino released a marching order to sports coordinators of said schools division to train harder the young Pangasinense athletes for them to level up their performance during the R1AA Meet.
Pangasinan II had started the training of its athletes on January 31 in Benigno V. Aldana National High School in Pozorrubio while Pangasinan I contenders had started the training on February 7 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) here.
With the support from the present provincial administration, the two schools divisions were able to level their performace in the R1AA, formerly Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA).
It was Governor Espino who proposed and instituted the renaming of IRAA to R1AA.
Executive Assistant III Modesto Operania, who serves as Provincial Sports Director, has assured that athletes of Pangasinan I and Pangasinan II are given proper training and conditioning as he noted that support from the province include provision of sports equipment for training; food and travel allowance and uniform, including rubber shoes/running shoes for team Pangasinan athletes.
In 2011, Pangasinan II romped off with the overall championship of R1AA ending the 11-straight year reign of Ilocos Norte in the annual regional meet. Pangasinan II held the following ranking in the succeeding years: over-all 1st runner-up (2012), over-all Champion (2013), and over-all 1st runner-up (2014).
Pangasinan I, on the other hand, has consistently secured the over-all third top post in the past years.
Last year, Pangasinan II topped the secondary division with 263.67 points followed by Ilocos Norte (218) and Pangasinan I (172.5) while in the elementary division, Pangasinan I (211) and Pangasinan II (174.5) placed second and third to top-ranked Ilocos Norte (227). /MGNOblanca