LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental – The Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano extends his heartfelt congratulations to members of the delegation from the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association (NMRAA) for ranking in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa held in Albay.
The Governor said it is only right to give them praise for they have fought hard and gave it their all against other skilled atheletes from different parts of the country.
“They deserve all our congratulations. They fought with their hearts. They are no less better athletes than the rest of their counterparts from other regions. We should all be proud of what they achieved,” Gov. Emano said.
Admittedly, however, if we desire for a better finish, there is a need for better facilities, more modern equipment and good coaches to hone them into better performers, the Governor added.
The regions delation to the 2016 Palarong Pabansa ranked 5th in the overall and final result posted by the official facebook page of the said event with 25 gold, 24 silver, 36 bronze a total of 85 medals.
Meanwhile, majority of the medals came from NMRAA’s elementary delegation with 17 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze medals ranking 3rd while the secondary fought hard and received 8 golds, 9 silvers and 18 bronze placing them in 6th place in the said event.
In his dialogues with various sports organizations, the Governor always brings out the need of sports basics that include facilities, equipment, coaches and incentives.
“We may have the right athletes. But we need them to be trained byc the right people with the right equipment on the right facilities,” Governor Emano said.
Noting the perennial problem with the governrment’s lack of funds, he advocates the participation of the private sector as this would entail huge investment.
Several plans have been submitted to his office from private organizations and some even have already their schematic diagrams on how the modern sports facilities will look like; and if given a chance, he pledges to pursue this as one of his top priorities.
“We do not participate in sports only for the competitions and the medals. This is an investment for a better future generation,” the Governor said.
The NMRAA got 21 gold medals, 28 silver medals and 29 bronze medals to earn for the region its 4th runner up finish for the second consecutive year. pio/misor