Cagayan de Oro City will now be the center of the Mindanao Basketball Region A of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). This was decided during the regional consultancy meeting held last March 11 at the Pryce Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

The SBP has made major changes in its regional set-up to make it more effective in its sports development programs in the country.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala presided the meeting together with Deputy Executive Director Bernie Atienza.

The cities and provinces in Mindanao were divided into three separate cluster groups based on the nearness of their areas from the three major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Davao City and Zamboanga City.

The new setup will have SBP holding regional eliminations in the three areas with the champion of Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Zamboanga area advancing to the National Finals.

Cagayan de Oro, which will now be the center of the Mindanao Basketball Region A, will have the Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Iligan, Agusan del Norte and Sugirao del Norte. It will be handled by MB Regional Director Jigs Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro.

Davao City, on the other hand, will have Davao Province, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, General Santos City, Cotabato Province, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. MB Regional Director B is Regino “Boy” Cua of Davao City.

Zamboanga will have Zamboanga City, Pagadian City, Sibugay, Basilan, Jolo, Sulu, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. Area 5 Director Pedro Alfaro of Zamboanga is the MB Regional Director C.

The new set-up will be formally proposed for approval to the SBP Board Meeting on Tuesday in Manila.

Teams will now have their regional championships and the winners will advance into the national finals.

SBP will also appoint new provincial or area coordinators upon the recommendation of the regional directors.

Among the programs lined up by SBP for this year are the National Juniors Championships, SBP 33 (3-on-3) Basketball Tournament, National Inter-Collegiate Championship Under 22 for Men and Women and Pinoy Hoops Basketball Clinic.

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