A photo of a part of the Bataraza sports complex in preparation for the Palarong Panlalawigan (as posted by Jerry Parcia on September 25, credited to Engineer Ravino; shared through Bataraza Southern Frontier PH facebook page).

Bataraza town, which is set to host the Palarong Panlalawigan in November, has expressed concern about the unreliability of their power service from the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) which could disrupt the holding of the games.

Vice mayor Kennedy Jaafar said Thursday that they are already 85 percent ready, but is uncertain of PALECO’s electricity service.

“So far, kami dito ay wala kaming nakita na problema. Kung sa peace and order ay wala kaming nakikita. Ang hindi ko lang sigurado ay PALECO sa ang ating kuryente. Hindi ako sigurado kapag nagkaroon ng brownout ay kung kaya ng aming genset ay pwedeng i-supply. Pero di sigurado kasi malaking kuryente ang kailangan,” he said.

The provincial meet is scheduled on November 10-15.

A close-up of the bleachers

Jaafar said that the local government unit (LGU) is now retouching the infrastructures built for the sports complex and clearing excess woods from construction.

He said that delegates are expected to arrive in the first week of November but some of the athletes will arrive during the last week of October to familiarize themselves with the area.

“Inaayos na natin lahat ng quarters na dapat puntahan ng delegations. Lahat ay na-double check, nasa 85 percent na. Yong mga linya ng kuryente ay na-check na natin, yong tubig sa CR. Nasa 85 to 90 percent na tayo sa quarters ng bawat delegations,” he said.

According to Mayor Abraham Ibba, the original budget allocated for the construction of the town’s sports complex was over P70 million but the LGU had an additional expense of more than P20 million.

“Ang original budget ng sports complex ay P70 million mahigit. Ngayon nadagdagan, mga more than 20 million. More or less nasa 100 million na ang mga ginastos. By October 21, i-inaugurate na natin ang ating sports complex, meaning tapos na lahat by October 21,” Ibba said.


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