Athletes from municipality of Rizal inside a truck that brought them to Bataraza for the Provincial Meet 2019. Contributed photo

The delegation of Rizal town struggles with budget four days before the Provincial Meet 2019.

Rizal sports coordinator Bong Majestad on Wednesday said that their transportation budget was stalled because of “transition problem” that resulted to the public outrage when the viral photos of the young athletes surfaced online a few days ago.

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“Hindi pa po approved yung transportation budget namin. Nagkaproblema kasi hindi na-endorso nung nagpalit ng administrasyon. Nung itinalaga ako ni Mayor Odi, kulang pa pala yung pondo namin para dito sa palaro,” Majestad said.

Majestad further explained that only the budget for food amounting to P800 thousand and for uniform that costs P300 thousand were fixed during their preparation for the provincial-wide sports event.

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“Ginawan na lang namin yun ng paraan kaya sa truck na lang kami sumakay,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bataraza municipal government, this year’s host, confirmed that they will extend help to their neighbor municipality.

“Nagsabi naman po ang Bataraza na may ibibigay silang sasakyan para sa amin,” Majestad confirmed.

The Rizal delegation has a total of 298 young athletes and coaches competing for the Provincial Meet 2019 that will be held in Bataraza Sports Complex on November 10 to 15.