DAVAO CITY, Philippines - A total of 5,000 athletes from all parts of the country have converged on Davao City for the 2019 National Games under the Private Schools Athletic Association Sports Foundation.
The games began on Saturday and will continue until Friday.
Laureano Santos, Secretary General of the PRISAA said this year's theme is "Sustaining Filipino Athletes for Global Competitiveness."
Speaking in the I-Speak Forum, he said, despite the games having already opened on Saturday, the formal opening of PRISAA 2019 was taking place on Sunday with the mass, assembly and parade of athletes and delegations' officials from the UM-Matina Campus Chapel Grounds to the Track and Field Oval.
"Athletes from private schools secondary and tertiary will compete in athletics, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, football, sepak takraw, softball, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, karatedo, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting, billards, and academic and cultural presentations like oratorical contest, PRISAAyawan, PRISAAwitan, solo and duet singing contests and Mutya Beauty Pageant," he said Saturtday.
The playing venues will be at the UM Matina Campus, Davao del Norte and Sports Tourism Complex in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Abreeza Mall and Almendras Gym.
The PRISAA has produced medalists in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and other international competitions like Hidelyn Diaz who hails from Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City.
Angel Sumagaysay, deputy chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center assured the readiness of the city to provide ample security to the athletes in their billeting and gaming venues.
"We can handle the athletes' safety and security since the number of delegations is more manageable than the Palarong Pambansa," he said. (Extracts from PIA's XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)
(Photo credit: Davao Today).