ILIGAN City, Lanao del Norte–The city of Iligan sent off its team of athletes to this year’s Batang Pinoy (BP).
Mayor Celso G. Regencia urged the BP athletes, to be calm and stay focused in whatever games they play.
This was his message after a holy mass was offered at the Iligan City National High School gymnasium last August 26 before the Iligan team composed of 96 athletes left for Davao for the competition. City Sports Office spiritual adviser Fr. Ellah officiated the special mass.
Mayor Regencia added the abilities and capabilities of a player must be used in the right way for them to achieve their goals not only to attain medals but also to encourage other youth to get themselves involved in sports, rather than spending their time indulging in prohibited drugs.
“As parents, we should always guide our children towards excellence for them to have a bright and better future,” said Regencia.
Batang Pinoy, meanwhile, is composed of students and out-of-school youth athletes ages 15 and below to compete in nine events on athletics, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, boxing, karatido, long tennis, arnis and taekwando.
The first leg of 2013 Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy starts in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, on August 27, where the best players will be chosen to compete in the national finals in Zamboanga City this coming December 3-7, 2013.
The second leg is scheduled on September 24 to 28 in Maasin City, Southern Leyte while the third leg will be on October 15 to 19 in Iba, Zambales.
Meanwhile, Executive Order (EO) No. 44, dated December 2, 1998, otherwise known as the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy, serves as the national sports competition program for children and is envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play.
The Philippine Sports Commission along with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Leagues of Provinces, Cities, Municipalities and Barangays, on the other hand, work closely to address the needs of every participant. (Irma S. Boza, Iligan Web/ LVG/PIA-10 LDN)