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Catigbian Bohol Hosts Provincial Athletic Meet
« on: February 02, 2008, 03:27:17 PM »
By Rey Anthony Chiu
PIA - Bohol

Catigbianons rolled the green carpet Wednesday, January 30, 2008, to formally set the grounds for a four-day athletic competition it would be hosting for the first time.

Catigbian, a town seriously wanting to project itself green, is approximately 34 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. It also agreed to host the 2008 Provincial Athletic Meet February 4-7, 2008 after getting emboldened by the successful hosting of the scouting jamboree last year.

The green carpet, square patches of bermuda grasses would be one of the finishing touches for the newly finished sports oval located at the back of the town central school, the venue of the 2008 Bohol Provincial Athletic Meet.

All systems go, says Mayor Roberto Salinas as he pulled a miracle from his bagful of tricks, this time in filling the newly graded ground with grass carpet, all while attempting to beat the deadline: 4 days before the big day. The event was billed “Bermuda planting through Bayanihan.”

“Racing against time in putting up the facilities before the games could begin, the local officials here have been undeniably stressed with the grounds barely pronounced ready for the province-wide sports hostilities,” Municipal Planning Officer Tifilito Rulida said.

“We have been preparing way back last year. But the onset of the rains set our timetables back and we could only hit the ground now,” Mayor Salinas admitted.

He added it was just lucky their lucky day that it has been quite dry now, so work can be continued.

Working feverishly to cover the newly graded sports inner oval field with the grass carpet, even Vice Mayor Necita Digaum could not contain her excitement at the massive response they got from Catigbianons.

Initially counting on a pledge from the barangay officials in laying the grass patches, organizers see about 500 volunteers to render the service from the town’s 22 barangays.

But in a rare show of force and voluntarism, media estimated 2000 volunteers who came starting 7:00 after the mass celebrated by Fr. Floro Hora and in for the rather huge job.

Their official tally of volunteers however only summed up 1,200, later reports said.

The volunteers, some carrying pick mattocks, bolos, shovels and spades, makeshift tampers, rakes and wheel borrows immediately went to level the playing ground before laying the greens.

Two road rollers, dump-trucks, private multi-cab haulers and even motorcycles for transporting the planting materials aided the volunteers.

Overseeing the project, Salinas, aided by Digaum and the local sangguniang bayan members and the Department of Education officials were also dispersed to their respective districts to supervise the laying as well as to personally roll their sleeves and give in their share of the civic work.

Salinas said they plan to cover as much as 60,170 sguare foot field before sundown, and the barangay officials, national government agency and local government unit employees, the youth and even school children came in to help.

Final area covered, later reports said went as high as 70,000

According to Association of Barangay Councils President Teofredo Tongco, each barangay was asked to produce 2735 square foot of Bermuda patches, which the LGU paid.

The mayor is confident we can finish laying the grasses in a day, and so everybody would be given free lunch, Tongco added.

Even then, Mayor Salinas said the hosting has produced unexpected turn-out in their solicitations, despite the P1.2M they have used for the project. The project also includes land leveling by filling the field with anapog, putting up the drainage canals, grading the track lanes and putting up the central stage.

He said Congressman Edgar Chatto gave the stage building in the complex.

We are making everything as planned, and we are counting on the hospitality of the Catigbianons to give to the more than 5000 athletes and delegates their most memorable stay in out place, Salinas said.

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008, 06:28:24 PM »
We really have to be proud of our hospitality..

My mother is going to Catigbian tomorrow to participate in the Athletic meet. Hope it will be a successful one.
I want to live by the moment and worry no more about my future because I know that God has already made the best plan for me. All I have to do is be faithful to HIM all the time. GOD rocks!

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