An estimated P100-million pesos had been sunk into the local economy in various sports funding, equipment, tourism ,hotel accomodations, food, salaries and allowances of 12,000 athletes and officials during the just-concluded regional CVRAA games .
Both Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and City Schools Division Supt. Evangel Luminarias believe that the hosting of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Meet proved to be a boon for the local economy.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo was also pleased to learn that all delegations rated the preparation and actual hosting of the city as outstanding, which underscored the fact that the thousands of guests were satisfied with the accommodations, hospitality of the organizers and local residents and the quality of venues and facilities.
It is estimated that all schools divisions brought with them cash to cover the meals, transportation and other expenses of up to P 100 million excluding pocket money of the nearly 12, 000 athletes, coaches, teachers, tournament officials and supporters of the teams.
Hotels and pension houses reported increased occupancy while vendors and stores reported brisk sales during the games’ duration. Some teams that have been eliminated earlier also took trips to several tourist destinations even outside the city infusing more cash to the local tourism industry.
Authorities also made sure that the security of all athletes and visitors were paramount so as not to compromise their safety and embarrass the host city.
In fact, City Chief-of-Police Supt. Gregorio Galsim announced that two arrests were made prior and during the CVIRAA games of suspected thieves who are not residents of Dumaguete City.
First to be arrested were German Florendo and Bell Gempisaw, both from Mindanao, after a victim accused them of pickpocketing inside one of the establishments in the city. Both suspects were identified through the CCTV footage. Then just before CVIRAA concluded, a certain Joey Pajares Ramos of BonawonSiaton, was apprehended for stealing several items from members of the Cebu delegation.
It was also learned that no major complaints or reports were recorded by delegates of tricycle drivers accused of discourtesy and overcharging. Officers from the Traffic Management Office have closely monitored the MCH to prevent and promptly respond to any complaints from the visiting delegates.