Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones met with the officials from the City Government of Dumaguete, Province of Negros Oriental and Philippine Sports Commission for updates in the preparations for the upcoming 12th Association of Southeast Asian Schools Games slated on November 2020 to be hosted by the city and province.

In the most recent meeting, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo reiterates his assurance that the city government is ready to perform its responsibilities as host in partnership with the provincial government under Governor Roel Degamo.

In fact, local committees have been formed to directly coordinate with their counterparts from the national agencies.

Mayor Remollo stressed that the city is optimistic of providing security to the nearly 3, 000 outstanding athletes and their officials from the ASEAN member countries with the installation and operation of modern 336 CCTV cameras, the provision of adequate hotel accommodation, communication and transportation with the advent of Pedi-Grab and availability of more flights.

The city and the provincial government successfully secured the financial support of the PSC for the upgrade of various sports venues that will be up to the international standards.

The theme for next year’s edition of the ASEAN Schools Games is “Inspire, Play and Experience.”

Based on the experience from the recently concluded 11th edition of ASEAN Schools Games in Semarang, Indonesia, the Department of Education is pleased to note that both the City of Dumaguete and province Government of Negros Oriental can marshal all the resources and personnel to equal if not surpass the previous stagings of the largest annual sports tournament for senior high and college students student-athletes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Brunei Darussalam, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia who will compete in athletics, swimming, badminton, volleyball, sepak takraw, table tennis and basketball.