DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Board recently approved a R10 million cash assistance to Antique province to beef up its hosting of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa on April 23 to 29.
PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey announced the financial assistance after attending meeting with local government officials in Mindanao last Thursday at the Pinnacle Hotel.
“The PSC Board is giving assistance to Antique province to help defray operational expenses being a first-time host of the 60th edition of the Palaro,” Maxey said.
Maxey added that Antique’s hosting is a welcome development since the administration of President Duterte wants equal opportunities in the countryside.
He added that Antique, being a Palaro host first-timer, needs all the help it can get for a successful hosting of the annual school-based sportsfest for elementary and secondary athletes.
Meanwhile, Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) national deputy training director Henry Daut said that they have yet to wait for the confirmation of Department of Education (Deped) sports development head Dr. Cesar Abalon on the conduct of Sports Mapping Action Research Talent Identification (Smart ID) testing among Palaro 2017 medalists.