The move of Holy Cross of Davao College, San Pedro College, Agro Industrial Foundation College, Jose Maria College, Davao Doctors College, Brokenshire College, Mindanao Medical Foundation College and Rizal Memorial College put an end to the dispute that shortly became talk of the sports community.
“We welcome them,” said Sarabia of the come-backing member schools that planned to create another DC-PRISAA group and hold their own city eliminations, a qualifying event for the Davao Region-PRISAA meet.
Sarabia, University of Mindanao sports chief, said sports coordinators of the eight schools had attended the board meeting on Wednesday except for Holy Cross of Davao College's Abraham Verdeprado.
“But Holy Cross (of Davao College) school president (Dr. Ma Iris) Melliza was there,” added Sarabia, who was elated with the reunion of the DC-PRISAA member schools.
The development resulted in the rescheduling of the DC-PRISAA meet for the second time.
The city meet was moved from February 14 to February 21 to accommodate the come-backing schools, according to Sarabia.
The every weekend multi-sports event was earlier set February 7.
Sarabia said the DC-PRISAA board has decided to move the opening “to give them more time to comply with the requirements.”
“We did this because we are very strict as far as the requirements are concerned. We observe a no-requirement-no-play policy,” said Sarabia.
A total of 16 schools will vie for top honors and the right to represent the city to the regional meet slated March 21 to 23.
The city meet will feature competition in 14 sport disciplines.
There are new schools on the DC-PRISAA fold that includes Emar Human Environmental College, Philippine Women’s College, among others.
Most of the games will be played at the UM Matina campus. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)