TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Ormoc is all set for the hosting of the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) this May 5 to 10.

During the 10th EVRAA executive committee meeting held last April 24, City Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez emphasized the need to enhance event preparation by devising contingency plans for potential interruptions and addressing concerns.

The city mayor also highlighted the importance of improving billeting structures, suggesting upgrades such as installing new toilet bowls, painting walls in blue with rubberized top coats, providing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for food servers, and enhancing landscaping.

She also stressed the importance of ensuring the accuracy and authenticity of sports events and results, as well as maintaining a smooth flow during awarding ceremonies, including arrangements for media coverage and event photographers.

Ormoc City DepEd Division is targeting to once again bag the overall championship crown from the EVRAA, which they have been winning since 2018, grabbing the title that has long been held by the Leyte DepEd Division.

As part of their preparation to win the crown, the city government led by Mayor Torres-Gomez and her husband, Leyte 4th District Rep. Richard Gomez, distributed playing shoes and parade shoes and uniforms to their student-athlete delegates.

About 547 student-athletes received a complete set of sports uniforms.

Mayor Gomez noted that the simple act of providing shoes has translated into a remarkable transformation for their student-athletes, propelling the delegation from zero to becoming dominant contenders in the regional event.

They also presented the kitchen staff uniforms as well as sets of plates that will be used by the city athletes in the entirety of the sporting event.

Moreover, the city government also revealed the set of celebrities that they invited to grace the opening of EVRAA 2024.

This celebrities include professional basketball players Asi Taulava and Gary David, rapper Andrew E, Alex Gonzaga, Julie Anne San Jose, P-Pop group BGYO, Migs Bustos, and Gretchen Ho.