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Albay gears up for Palaro 2016

LEGAZPI CITY— Albay has kicked off preparations for the Palarong Pambansa 2016, which the province is slated to host.

Photo via Gov. Joey Salceda
The Bicol University (BU) Sports Complex, where many of the events will be held, is already undergoing improvements, including the construction of new facilities, and rehabilitation of old ones, Provincial Sports Coordinator Roderick Mendoza said.

In August, a memorandum of agreement for the construction and rehabilitation was signed by the BU administration and the provincial government.

An announcement from BU and the Provincial Government has since been erected to request for understanding as the construction may cause some inconvenience.

Previously, Albay Sports Complex in Guinobatan was selected as the home of the Palaro. The venue, however, was moved to BU because of the risk of lahar from nearby Mayon Volcano.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda earlier said he expects the event to boost sports tourism. Some 15,000 athletes and guests are estimated to arrive for the annual sporting event, which will be in its 59th year in 2016.

In March, Salceda revealed that a P700-million budget was approved by the national government, which will be added to the province’s P150-million counterpart fund.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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