NAVAL, Biliran — Naval State University (NSU)'s sports director Prof. Rosendo Alevio acknowledged the role of his VSU counterpart, Dr. Aleli Villocino, in NSU's preparations for the 32nd State Colleges and Universities Athletic Associaion (SCUAA) Games. Alevio publicly recognized her and VSU during the opening ceremony held at Naval, Biliran on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Prof. Alevio thanked the Director of VSU's Institute of Human Kinetics (IHK) for her assistance and emphasized how she has guided him in managing this year’s event. VSU hosted the 31st SCUAA games last October.

“Whenever I encountered problems, I would just ask (Dr. Villocino) for assistance and she would tell me what should be done. I owe her the success of this event.” he told Amaranth in an interview.

SCUAA 2016 is Alevio's first hosting experience as sports director. He said he is new to managing such a huge event, but was able to get through it with Dr. Villocino’s help.

He also said NSU officials are grateful to VSU in helping them enhance their knowledge in managing a sporting competition. Earlier this month, Prof. Vicente Antipaso of IHK conducted a seminar-workshop on athletics management and officiating at NSU. VSU's strategy to employ MAPEH Majors in officiating the games inspired NSU to do the same.

For this year, VSU hosted the swimming competition at the newly constructed Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Baybay main campus. VSU also lent NSU implements and equipment for athletics for the games. 

Alevio added that they are planning to conduct a tournament management seminar during their second semester, in partnership with the Visayas State University, to further deepen and enhance their sports management.

SCUAA 2016 kicked off at Naval on Sunday, October 23, in an opening ceremony graced by the officials, coaches, and athletes of the 11 state colleges and universities in Eastern Visayas.

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