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Palaro Sec-Gen satisfied with preps | The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — A month ahead of Cebu City’s hosting of Palarong Pambansa 2024, the Cebu City Government is focused on the progress of the preparations, particularly the completion of renovations at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).

Cebu City Acting Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia yesterday, June 13, 2024, spearheaded the ocular inspection of the CCSC’s track oval before meeting with contractors.

In an interview with reporters, Garcia expressed gratitude to Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary for Operations and Palarong Pambansa Secretary General Francis Cesar Bringas, who was personally present to also inspect the CCSC, which will serve as the opening venue for the Palaro.

Garcia said he was pleased with the progress of the preparations, and he liked that Bringas was also satisfied with the developments at the CCSC. With Bringa’s assessment, Garcia said it shows they are right on track.

Garcia, however, said that there will be refinements onwards, such as the thickness of the track oval, which they will also be bringing up to the contractor.

Cebu City Sports Commission chairman John Pages said last Monday that the city is 90 percent ready for the hosting. But after his ocular visit at the CCSC yesterday, Pages said that the city is now “a few percentage points closer” to hosting the country’s biggest sporting event.

Pages also said that the city made sure to address the major concerns in preparation for the said event, particularly the playing venues, billeting quarters, and the track oval for the delegates.

For the playing venues, Pages said that all the top officials of the Palarong Pambansa are currently in the city for their four-day Palaro Final Technical Conference, wherein they also visited the playing venues and other facilities.

“Based on yesterday afternoon, they visited the facilities and after that, ni kuyog ang tanan for an evaluation. Of course, there are some areas of improvement. But I think generally, we’re ready (and we’re) really just making sure that all the details are taken care of,” Pages said.

As for the billeting quarters, Bringas said that minor adjustments are needed for the billeting quarters as they were previously