BAGUIO CITY — The city government of Baguio and the Department of Education – Schools Division Office of Baguio City are all set for the opening of this year’s Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet on Saturday, February 6.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that the city is ready to host the more than 5000 delegates from the region’s six provinces and Baguio City. Billeting areas of delegates and the venues for the different events including facilities are ready, he assured during the Ugnayan forum on Wednesday.
Provincial athletes and coaches started arriving February 1 for their acclimatization and other preparations.
The renovated Baguio Athletic Bowl with rubberized track oval is the main venue of the week-long athletic meet.
For the different sports events, the various venues are as follows: Archery- Ibaloi Park; Arnis- University of Baguio; Athletics- Baguio Athletic Bowl; Badminton- Cooyesan; Baseball- Benguet State University; Basketball- elementary division-t SLU-Pacdal, Secondary division- DPS; Boxing-Cooyesan; Chess-BCNHS; Football-Melvin Jones;Gymnastics- BCNHS;Tennis-Baguio Tennis Club; Sepak Takraw-Baguio Athletic Bowl;Softball-Melvin Jones;Swimming- Baguio Swimming Pool; Taekwondo- Baguio Convention Center;Volleyball- SLU-Pacdal for elementary and UC for Secondary; Billiards- Puyat Sports; Kadang-Kadang- Baguio Athletic Bowl;Sanggul- Baguio Convention Center; Wrestling-PFVR;Wushu-Woodsgate, Camp 7 and Futsal-PFVR. Other special events will be at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
The city assured at least 12 jitneys will be provided to augment the transportation service of the participants to ferry them to and from billeting schools or playing venues. Other amenities like water ration and sacks of rice will also be provided by the City government.
To ensure fitness of the delegates, team from DepEd Regional Health Services Unit headed by Dr. Juliet Pontino conducted an accreditation and assessment on the athletes and coaches on February 3. An athlete from Apayao was isolated at the Baguio General Hospital for treatment of chicken pox as of February 3.
Pontino assured that while the different provincial delegations have their own medical teams, the City of Baguio is ready to assist them in case of medical emergencies. Medical personnel will also be assigned in sports events.
School Governance and Operations Division Chief Elma Donaal added that there will be free hospital assistance to CARAA coaches and athletes. They will be given referral IDs for emergencies that will need hospitalization./JDP/ RMC- J.Ominga & A.Clemente-PIA/UC Interns