File photo courtesy of the Palawan Provincial Information Office

The provincial government is not keen about sending an athletic delegation to the first-ever Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan (MinSuPala) Games in April 2020, tentatively slated in Davao City, but will consider its possibility.

Provincial information officer Winston Arzaga said they will review the possibility of sending Palaweño athletes the MinSuPala games but they have to review the “political implication” of Palawan being considered as part of the region.

He said that since Palawan is a part of the MIMAROPA Region, he does not see the need of including Palawan in the MinSuPala games.

“Mahirap mag-comment dyan kasi unang-una naging problema ‘yan dati na gusto nila isama ang Palawan sa MinSuPala. But, in my own opinion, dapat pag-aralan muna kasi we already belong to MIMAROPA and hindi sa Mindanao. In fact, we are sending our athletes to MIMAROPA tapos pupunta sila sa Davao, this is just my own opinion and not for the province of Palawan,” he said.

MinSuPala Games is being proposed by co-organizers Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Arzaga added that they have not received any invitation yet regarding the 2020 games.

“Wala pa kaming natatanggap na invitation pero ‘yon na nga, we will see. Kailangan lang siguro pag-aralan ‘yan at pag-discuss pero so far ay wala pa kaming idea regarding MinSuPala games,” he said.

MinDA chairperson Emmanuel Piñol described the MinSuPala as a stepping stone in the institutionalization of the sports development program for the Southern Philippines.

It will be held in cooperation with the local government officials of Mindanao and Palawan.