It will be a toss-up between Abra and Benguet in the host of next year’s Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet. Department of Education Cordillera director Estella Carino said recently Abra and Benguet have sent feelers to host the annual sporting event. “But first they must submit their respective bids to host the event,” Carino told reporters during the release of incentives for the 345 winning Benguet athletes and coaches in the
meet held last April in Apayao at the DepEd – Cordillera covered court.

Benguet Rep. Eric Go Yap’s Chief of Staff Kevin Sy, Carino and Tublay Mayor Armando Sy said that the congressman wants Benguet to host the event in a bid anew to salvage second over-all spot which Apayao took for the second straight year. “Hopefully by the first quarter of next year all the facilities here will be completed,” said Sy after the distribution of cash incentives. “We have a rubberized 206-102-60. Yap fulfilled his promise of doubling the province’s incentives during the send off in April in an effort to raise the morale of the athletes and work to beat Apayao in the latter’s home turf.

Sy said that Yap made sure that each athlete will get track, a gym, the aquatics to be completed soon and we do not
need to go to Baguio anymore,” Sy told the athletes before handing out the incentives. Carino said that DepEd
Cordillera is leaning towards Benguet as next year is election year and participants are edgy that it be held in Abra, a known political hotspot. Benguet finished with 47 Lauro distributed envelopes containing cash for the winning athletes who helped Benguet place third in the annual event ruled by Baguio anew.

81-72 gold-silver-bronze medals to finish third over-all for the second straight year, behind Apayao which churned a 53-57 94 haul behind mighty Baguio’s substantial incentive that players of team events will receive “enough” and not just divide among themselves a team’s incentive. He also said that this could motivate them to aim higher in the Palarong Pambansa early next month that will be held in Cebu. The last CARAA also saw Abra finishing fourth (14-26-44), followed by Ifugao (13-28-44). Tabuk City (10-14-32) edged mother province Kalinga (9-26 51) while Mountain Province is dead last with a 4-19-37 haul.

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