FOLLOWING the low number of participation during the 21st Philippine University Games (UNIGAMES) held late last month in Dumaguete City, Chairman Bro. Felipe Belleza said that they are looking to allow high school student-athletes to compete next year.
Belleza said that they have to make some adjustments due to the K-12 implementation. However, he clarified that these modifications will only be open to those member-universities and colleges with basic education offerings.
“Most of the supposedly incoming college students remained in the senior high for another 2 years. Thus, UNIGAMES Board is thinking to include them in next year’s competition. With this adjustment, we may able to raise the contingent for the UNIGAMES,” Belleza added.
Meanwhile, with the offer of the City of Gentle People – Dumaguete City to be the new home of the UNIGAMES, Belleza said that they felt appease with the offer. “The school’s support is very important as well as government units like Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. In hosting UNIGAMES, we have to consider stability because not all schools are capable to spend as well as the logistic requirements and the tremendous magnitude of hosting,” he said.
“With the support of the local government and universities here, we are inclined to embrace Dumaguete as our new home. But, it doesn’t mean that we will not return to Bacolod or even with USLS,” he added
It was recalled that Dumaguete City Administrator Ricardo Gonzalez Jr., who represented Mayor Antonio Felipe Remollo, during the opening ceremony stressed that they are hopeful to be the new and permanent home of the Philippine University Games. He added that their local government’s firm commitment to hold the UNIGAMES in their city is exemplified by the earnest desire of both Mayor Remollo and Gov. Roel Degamo to extend all possible assistance and resources within their control and disposal.
On the part of Dr. Henry Sojor, Chairman of Consultants and Adviser of the Office of the Governor, the provincial government is inclined in supporting various sports programs as it extends it to the farthest barangays for Negros Oriental. He added that they are looking at discovering new breed of athletes from these villages which may soon don the national colors in international competitions.*