Photo courtesy of Cagayan Sports Complex page

Tuguegarao city gov’t ‘80% ready’ for CAVRAA 2018

Gerard Josef Lucena


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- With months left before Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA) meet, this city’s government said they are now 80% ready to host the annual regional meet on February 2018.

“Tapos na ang meetings. Natapos na yung mga breakdown sa mga expenses na kinakailangan. So next year ay sisimulan na ang mga iba pang paghahanda,” City Information Officer Sherwin Bariuan said.

Bariuan said the city, as a “supporting cast” for the Department of Education (DepEd), is now focusing on renovating Lawin-hit gyms and construction of rest rooms for visitors.

Tuguegarao City was slated to host in 2017 but the aftermath of supertyphoon Lawin forced it to pass hosting duties to the City of Ilagan.

Around 20,000 visitors from 10 delegations are expected to come in the city next year. This figure includes athletes, coaches, their families and supporters, and other visitors, Councilor Claire Callangan said.

With this, Bariuan said Mayor Jefferson Soriano has coordinated with City Chief of Police Superintendent Edward Guzman to ensure public safety during the annual meet.

The city, Bariuan said, will assure 24/7 police presence in schools, quarters, and billeting areas. Police will also add more cops in said areas.

Aside from this, the city information officer stated that Mayor Soriano has asked the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to tighten security on drones.

“Dadaan po ito sa masusuing paglalagay ng sticker [at] kagamitan [para] sa mga media sa buong rehiyon dos, para po sa ganoon, masiguro natin na lahat ng media natin ay legit, lahat ng kanilang gagamiting equipment ay legit, at para maiwasan po yung mga hindi natin inaasahang kaguluhan o anumang aksidente,” he said.

Bariuan said the city government will focus next on the the designation of billeting areas and addressing transportation issues.

He said Mayor Jefferson Soriano has already talked with representatives of some Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations.

“Yung experience natin noon sa SCUAA, sana hindi na maulit this time kaya sinisiguro ni Mayor Jeff Soriano na makausap ang mga tricycle drivers sa pagkakataong ito,” he added.

Callangan said, although the city Tricycle Regulatory Unit has conducted seminar for trike drivers, the drivers cannot reform immediately, and that the CAVRAA will be a “test of character” for trike drivers.

“Perhaps it’s a change of focus. We have always been negative about our tricycle drivers. Siguro, we give them a chance and perhaps by giving them a chance, we take part in the formation of our tricycle drivers,” she said.

Meanwhile, Callangan said the city council has approved on Monday, December 4, P120 million loan budget for the repair of classrooms and building of facilities to be used in the meet.

Further, she said they also passed financial support of P5 million to the City Division Office.

“We are appealing to all sectors. Sikamu y frontliners, sikamu y manafung taw ta bisita tam ira, bente mil nga bisita tam ira y mapafutu nga ayat tam nga mamisita,” Callangan said.

“Ipasitta tam gapa y napapatu nga pangaya tam tapenu kunna maramdaman naman po nila yung Ibanag hospitality na ari nga maddarogas, nga ari nga makolekta ta dakal,” she added.