Bukidnon offers to host Palaro 2011

Board member Nemesio Beltran, Jr., who sponsored the resolution in the first week of February, said the sports complex would be built on an eight-hectare land in Valencia City.

Officials said the proposed P200-million Bukidnon Sports Complex in barangay Bagonta-as, Valencia, in a land offered by the city government to ensure the complex would be built there.

“The staging of the Palarong Pampook (new name of the national games) would require a two-year preparation while the provincial sports complex is expected to be finished in a year’s time, or just in time for the 2011 Palarong Pampook,” Beltran said in the resolution passed two weeks ago.

Beltran cited Bukidnon’s feats in hosting “big events” such as the Mindanao-wide Provincial Board Members League in November 2008. He also said the province has brand new tertiary hospitals in Manolo Fortich and Maramag, which are already operational.

He also cited the inauguration in January 2009 of the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center here, which is expected to become operational this year.

The resolution also cited the accessibility of Valencia from any part of Mindanao.

“Considering the foregoing, it is evident that the province is very capable of hosting the 2011 Palarong Pampook, through the Provincial Sports Complex,” it said.

The resolution added there is “no significant peace and order problem in Bukidnon” despite the series of clashes between the military and the communist-led New People’s Army.

Beltran told MindaNews the bid to host the Palaro would also ensure the timely completion of the sports complex. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)