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PIA Press Release
2009/02/21

Leyte mayors vow full support for Palarong Pambansa 2009

Tacloban City (February 21) -- The mayors of the province of Leyte rally their support to Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla in hosting the Palarong Pambansa 2009 which will be held in the province from April 27 to May 3, 2009.

Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu who is Leyte chapter president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, informed that the league unanimously approved an all-out-support for the hosting of the national sports event during its February 20 meeting at Jerry's Grill in Tacloban City.

The League verbalized their support through PAGCOR Vice President Hon. Remedios Petilla who was around to brief the mayors, as chairperson of the socio-cultural activities which are being prepared for the Palarong Pambansa 2009.

Mayor Tiu said the 41 Leyte mayors agreed to share at least P20,000 each from local funds or a total amount of P820,000 for use in the Palarong Pambansa hosting. This, Mayor Tiu said, is a manifestation of their support and the acknowledgment that they, together with all the people, being part of the province of Leyte, are and must do their share in the hosting of the Palarong Pambansa 2009.

All the forty one municipalities of Leyte will set up a Trade and Food Kiosk at the RTR Plaza where the socio-civic entertainments would be staged during the whole duration of the Palaro, Mayor Tiu said. The athletes and the guests from all over the country will have a taste of the culture in the different parts of Leyte even without actually going in all the places, Mayor Tiu said.

The League will also co-host the Paalam Night for all the delegations, Mayor Tiu added. This night, which will coincide with the awarding ceremony, will one which the delegates will remember for a long long time, Mayor Tiu said.

The League has also decided to feature the municipalities in the Subiran Regatta which will be an added attraction during the Palarong Pambansa 2009. The sails of the participating Subiran will be sponsored be each of the 41 municipalities. The name of a particular town and the picture of that which makes the town unique from the other municipalities will be printed in each of the sails. A sail painting contest will be conducted to choose the best sail, Mayor Tiu said.

In addition, the municipalities of Palo, Tanauan and Dulag will provide the accommodation for several Palaro delegations, Mayor Tiu said.

In order to encourage the media to make the best write-ups about the Palarong Pambansa 2009, the League will also partner with the Philippine Information Agency in the conduct of the Palarong Pambansa 2009 Media Awards in Leyte (MAIL).

Mayor Tiu said the Leyte province and the whole of Region 8 will benefit from the hosting of the Palarong Pambansa. The national sports events will not only bring in thousands of local tourists, it will directly contribute financially and economically to the local business, hotels, restaurants, transportation, vegetable and meat vendors and even the ordinary people of the City.

It is not often that the province or the Eastern Visayas Region has the chance to host a Palaro. In fact it has been 25 years since the Palaro was last held in Tacloban, Mayor Tiu said, as he called on each and every Leyteno to cooperate and treat the visitors well and make their two-week stay, one which will make them want to come back to Leyte. (PIA 8) [top]

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