Mayor Monico Puentevella disclosed his intent to bid for Bacolod to play host for the 59th edition of the Palarong Pambansa, the country’s leading multi-sporting event for students.
Puentevella, a former Philippine Sports Commissioner (PSC) and President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said that he, in behalf of the city, is appealing to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro to "retain the present setup" of hosting the Palarong Pambansa – an effort that could potentially give the hosting rights to the city in 2016 instead of 2017.
"Bacolod is the perfect venue for the Palaro and we have the tradition of hosting big sporting events to prove that we are more than capable to host the prestigious affair," expressed Puentevella.
BACOLOD CITY Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) Chairman Hernani Panganiban following Puentevella’s welcome remarks during the PCUP Area Coordinator’s Congress. Also in photo are (from left) Commissioner Conrado Sillada, Commissioner Ma. Joy Jarabelo and PCUP Director Chole Osano.* (CMO-PIO photo)