The city government of Borongan made a promise to its young athletes who will join in next year’s EVRAA Meet of their full support and commitment. Part of the promise is to provide better sports equipment and bigger funding for sports development. (Photo: Borongan City Information Office)

TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Borongan has vowed its full support to all student-athletes who will represent the city in next year’s Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA).

The city government vowed to provide more and better sports equipment for their training and will push for bigger funds and ensure the officials’ presence for the duration of the event to be held in Ormoc City in April 2024.

This was declared by city administrator, lawyer Celestino Cabato during the closing of the three-week-long Dukwag Sports Festival city meet last December 7 which was used as the basis for the selection of the representatives for the regional sports event.

“The city government will always support sports activities of the Borongan City division. It is our mandate also at the LGU (local government unit) that we must support sports activities of the Department of Education,” he said, representing Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda and Vice Mayor Emmanuel Tiu Sonco.

“We will lobby for a higher budget allocation for our athletes who will participate in the EVRAA. I have witnessed the EVRAA meet in some places throughout Eastern Visayas and their officials are there to support and give due recognition and moral, financial and other support for athletes. By 2024, we must see to it that our city officials must join,” added Cabato.

The city in next year’s EVRAA will be represented by 138 elementary student-athletes who will compete in sports such as arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball.

A total of 252 high school student-athletes will also represent the city in the secondary division competing in archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, basketball 3×3, billiards, chess, dance sport, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, wushu and volleyball.

These athletes were gold medalists during the Dukwag City Meet.