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Davao City's Little Tokyo prepares for 2019 Palarong Pambansa

Davao City's Little Tokyo prepares for 2019 Palarong Pambansa
By Rudolph Ian Alama

DAVAO CITY (PIA)- As the site of the largest sporting event in the country, Barangay Mintal dubbed as Little Tokyo is preparing for the influx of Palarong Pambansa athletes and guests to playing venues situated in the village, 14 kilometers away from downtown Davao city.

Mintal Barangay Captain Rey Amado Bargamento said the barangay council has asked residents particularly those whose homes are situated in streets leading to the sports venues to clean their frontages and surroundings.

The village officials also talked with the managements of carinderias, roadside eateries, restaurants and other food establishments in the barangay to improve their services and to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

“We have asked residents along the roads to the venue if they can avoid hanging their laundry outside their houses for the duration of the Palaro,” Bargamento said.

The village chief disclosed that City Administrator Zuleika Lopez went around Mintal and told the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) to intensify the garbage collection in the barangay with expected throngs of people coming over.

Mintal is the home of the University of the Philippines' Mindanao campus where the Davao City Sports Complex is located. The opening ceremonies of the Palaro will be held in the brand new sports complex.

Davao City Sports Complex
Football, swimming, volleyball, archery will be held in the sports complex while futsal will unfold in the Mintal Gymnasium.

Bargamento said they have repainted the barangay gymnasium to prepare it for the futsal games.

The huge Davao Region contingent is also being billeted at the Mindanao Comprehensive High School.

The City is expecting 20,000 participants and guests to converge for the weeklong 2019 Palarong Pambansa which will begin on April 27, Saturday.

Bargamento said they were expecting thousands of athletes and guests to visit the barangay.

He said the Palarong Pambansa will have an immediate economic impact to the barangay with the coming of the visitors. Bargamento cited the tricycle drivers who each earned around P1,000 a day during the just concluded Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA).

“This will be bigger than DAVRAA so we expect more economic opportunities for the people in the barangay,” Bargamento said.

Barangay Mintal was the site of a prosperous pre-war Japanese settlement. In fact, the city government is developing the barangay as a Japanese heritage site.

Japanese related attractions included several monuments, a cemetery and a newly created cherry blossom park.

PIA file photo of Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting a Japanese monument at Mintal cemetery during their sojourn to Davao City in 2017. Mintal known as Little Tokyo was the site of a pre-war Japanese community.

Bargamento said that with the hosting of Palarong Pambansa, the barangay will not just be known for its Japanese heritage but also as a sports tourism destination being the home of world-class sporting facilities like the Davao City Sports Complex.

The sports complex has a FIFA-certified football turf, rubberized track and field, gymnasium, stadium and Davao City’s lone Olympic-size swimming pool. (PIA-11)

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