THE Provincial Sports Council (PSC) of Negros Occidental reverted the staging of the local school-based competitions as part of the qualifying process of selecting athletes to compete in the regional games following the abolition of Negros Island Region (NIR).
PSC recently announced that the province will implement the clustering of various tournaments such as Provincial Meet and Area Meets that will serve as selection process of student-athletes.
With Negros Occidental back to Western Visayas region, the province will again compete against teams from Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, and Guimaras in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet early next year.
To show solid support to different local sports, the PSC will provide athletes with P200,000 subsidy, which is double of last year’s support.
The subsidy will exclude Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA), and the Association of Negros Occidental Private Schools and School Administration Inc. (ANOPSSAI).
Meanwhile, San Carlos City will host the Area I Meet for Escalante City, Don Salvador Benedicto, Calatrava, and Toboso. Sagay City will play host for Area II Meet on Nov. 9-11 and will feature teams from Cadiz City and Manapla. Area III Meet teams include host-Silay City, Talisay City, Victorias City, and Murcia. Bago City will host the Area IV Meet on Nov. 6-8 for La Carlota City, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Valladolid, and Pontevedra. Area V Meet will be on Nov. 8-11 and will be joined by teams from Binalbagan, Isabela, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, and Himamaylan City. Hosted by Ilog on Nov. 8-11, Area VI Meet will showcase prowess of Kabankalan City, Sipalay City, Candoni, Hinobaan, and Cauayan. Bacolod City will hold the City Meet on Nov. 9-10 while NOPSSCEA and ANOPSSAI are set to mount their tournaments on Nov. 6-18, and Nov. 16-18, respectively. Negros Occidental High School (NOHS), on the other hand, will stage their competition on Nov. 29-30.
All winners in the said area meets and city games will represent their respective teams in the 2017 Palarong Panlalawigan set on Dec. 10-15 at the Panad Park and Stadium.
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