DAGUPAN CITY – The 2017 Dagupan City Athletic Association (DCAA) Basketball and Volleyball Tournaments among public and private schools in elementary and secondary divisions formally opened in a ceremony held at CSI Stadia on August 24.

DCAA acting president Renato T. Benitez disclosed that at least 88 volleyball teams, 44 in elementary and 44 in secondary; and 70 teams in basketball, 29 in elementary and 41 in secondary are vying for the  2017 DCAA championship crown.

Dubbed as the 2017 Mayor Belen T. Fernandez Cup, the tournament is being supported by the city government through the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) headed by Commissioner Finnela T. Sim.

Schools Division Superintendent Lorna G. Bugayong and Sim, who represented Mayor Belen T. Fernandez during the ceremony, did the honor in tossing the ceremonial ball.

Mayor Fernandez is now in the United States to honor an invitation for a speaking engagement and to arrange the renewal of the city’s sisterhood agreement with the City of Milpitas, California.

As a token from the mayor, each participating teams received free basketball and volleyball balls during the opening ceremony.

In the same ceremony, the 1st DepEd Employees Summer Sports Tournament 2017 were also awarded their championship trophies.

Declared as champion in basketball men was District III with JJDVST-VSS as first runner up and the Schools Division Office team as 2nd runner up.

In volleyball women,  the champion was Carael-Salapingao National High School with District I as first runner up and District II as second runner up; while the winners in volleyball men were JJDVST-VSS as champion, Dagupan City National High School as first runner up and District IV as second runner up.