Baguio Council supports bid for 2012 Nat’l Games
by Harley Palangchao
The city government of Baguio is set to bid for the hosting of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission National Games next year.
This after the city council approved Monday the resolution for the city to host one of the well-attended sports events in the country today.
Majority of the members of the city council supported the resolution sponsored by Councilor Elmer Datuin after some issues were raised when the measure was discussed.
City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is likely to sign the resolution after he told earlier that Baguio is capable to host in the nearest future the Palarong Pambansa, another well-attended sports event.
A number of city officials shared the same view of Datuin that the hosting of the POC-PSC National Games in 2012 can be successful if the city government partners with Benguet province, especially members of the BLISTT area.
The cities of Bacolod, Silay, Bago and Talisay teamed up reason why Negros Occidental was successful in hosting the 2011 POC-PSA National Games last month.
The councilor likewise said the city government is likely to get support from PSC for the much needed funding for repair of existing sports facilities.
Of late, Domogan said he sees no major obstacle in hosting national sports events in Baguio although he said that other local government units are persistent in bidding for the event because of the huge amount given to host LGUs.
Baguio City once joined the bid to host the Palarong Pambansa during the mid-‘90s but it lost to Naga City.
Bidding to host the event is too competitive because the host city or municipality or cluster of cities or towns will be given P350 million or higher for improvement of sports facilities