By: Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran – A regional official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said Friday that preparations for the upcoming big sporting event in Eastern Visayas are already in full swing.

Cezar Verunque, regional schools sports coordinator of DepEd 8 made the pronouncement in an interview during the closing ceremonies of the 2011 Biliran Provincial Meet at the Biliran Provincial Sports Center here this town.

Verunque said that the city government of Maasin is in full support for the preparations for the hosting of the 2012 Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet.

EVRAA will be held on January 29 to February 4, next year in Maasin City, he added.

“We are lucky since the local government of Maasin is ready and prepared for hosting the next year’s EVRAA” Verunque emphasized.

He further said that the city government of Maasin is already prepared for the venue, sports facilities and equipment.

He revealed that the city government of Maasin is now working for the improvement of facilities like comfort rooms, lights and water.

The regional sports coordinator added that the 100 days countdown for EVRAA 2012 has already been launched.

The 2012 EVRAA will be participated by 10 delegations competing for 17 events but the number of delegations might increase in 2013 with the participation of newly created cities in Eastern Visayas. Verunque said.

Meanwhile, Verunque divulged that Pangasinan won the bid to host the 2012 Palarong Pambansa besting the provinces of Mindoro, Laguna, Isabela and the city of Marikina.

The annual sporting event in the country participated by 17 regions will be tentatively held either in the first or second week May, he added. (PIA 8 Biliran)

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