Delegates to the Batang Pinoy 2019 national finals are welcomed by the City Tourism Office at the Puerto Princesa City International Airport. (Photo courtesy of Michie Meneses/CTO)
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The Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office (PPCTO) clarified that they are not in-charge with the transportation of the delegates of Batang Pinoy National Finals 2019, in response to criticisms that they did not assist the Baguio City delegation upon arrival.

Senior operations officer and promotions marketing chief Michie Meneses said Friday that they are only assigned to the reception of the guests.

Meneses said that the city sports office informed them that the issue was aired in the media.

“Sa reception lang kami naka-assign. Actually, ini-extend nalang naming ‘yong tulong para magawa ng paraan ang mga sasakyan nila pero Philippine Sports Commission ang naka-assign doon. Kaya hindi namin sakop ‘yon kasi may kanya-kanya kaming committee,” she said.

According to Normalyn Dave of City Information Office (CIO), the cooperatives of the van have their contract with the Philippine Sports Commission, following a certain procedure.

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“According to PSC officials, ang napag-usapan ay sagot ng local government unit ang transportation nila from airport and seaport to coliseum. Then pagdating nila sa coliseum ay magre-register sila sa PSC secretariat, pagkatapos ng registration ay ihahatid na sila ng sasakyan ng PSC sa mga billeting venues,” she said.

In an interview, Baguio City coach Jose Pumihic dismissed the issue as a minor misunderstanding. He said that they only had to find a van and pay P400 going to Sta. Monica Elementary School while the other athletes decided to rent tricycles.

“Pagdating namin akala namin ‘yong susundo ay ang sumalubong rin sa amin, hindi pala. Wala pala kaming sasakyan kaya naghanap kami. Nag-lakad kami palabas ng airport. Buti nalang at may nakita kami na van and ‘yong iba ay nag-tricycle,” Pumihic said.

“Although may disappointment ay wala naman na sa amin ‘yon basta safe lang ang lahat ay okay na,” he said.

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