Almost 450 athletes and officials from several regions now housed at the Philsports Complex and Rizal Memorial Sports Complex after being stranded due to typhoon ‘Ompong’
On Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez’s instructions, delegates seeking shelter with the agency’s dormitories were provided with accommodations, food and transportation while everyone awaits the ‘Ompong’s exit.
In a joint statement issued yesterday, the sports agency and the local government of Baguio City assure all participants of the Batang Pinoy Finals that all measures to ensure the safety of everyone are being undertaken.
Baguio City’s mayor Mauricio Domogan has alerted police in their area to escort all delegations going up to the City of Pines. The highway patrol will be ready to escort vehicles transporting Batang Pinoy delegates once they reach Rosario junction in La Union.
Genesis Bus Line, a partner of the PSC for this Batang Pinoy event, are supportive to the PSC and Baguio City in its efforts to keep everyone safe and comfortable by providing transportation to delegations and personnel.
Registration is on-going but shall be closed for the entire day today in view of the weather disturbance. In addition, to lessen the transaction time, coaches may now process the registration of their team on behalf of the athletes.
Ramirez stressed that the agency and Baguio City “are making every effort to make it easy, safe and comfortable for participants.”
An updated general competition schedule has already been released to guide team officials and parents on planning their team’s logistics and travel.
A mass is scheduled on Sunday morning before all personnel, media guests and delegations travel to Baguio, a day before the official start of competitions.
“We keep the public updated through our social media pages as well as our website,” said Ramirez who earlier stated that this event will maximize use of technology in disseminating information to the public.
A hotline to answer questions regarding Batang Pinoy was also put in place in light of concerns due to the anticipated violence of the storm.