Duterte lauds ath­letes in palaro

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Sun­day, April 15, 2018 By RICHIEL S. CHAVEZ NOW, THE CHASE BE­GINS.Mem­bers of the Cen­tral Visayas team have fun af­ter the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Palarong Pam­bansa. Only half of the 600-strong Re­gion 7 at­tended the cer­e­mony to give those who have games to­day time to rest. SunS­tar photo by Alex Badayos

THE road to the 2018 Palarong Pam­bansa was chal­leng­ing for some of the ath­letes who trav­eled hours to reach the venue in Ilo­cos Sur.

For Cen­tral Visayas Re­gional Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (Cviraa) it took about 30 hours by sea and land. Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte lauded these ath­letes for ex­ert­ing ef­forts to pur­sue their ath­letic dreams dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the na­tional sport­ing meet at the Quirino Sta­dium in Ban­tay, Ilo­cos Sur yes­ter­day.

“To the ath­letes who have trav­eled far and who have flown all the way from far re­gions, I al­ready con­grat­u­late you for the fact that be­ing here, you have al­ready shown de­ter­mi­na­tion and ex­cel­lence, which makes you champions al­ready,” said Duterte.

The Cviraa team, who trav­eled 22 hours by sea and 10 hours by bus, had other things in mind, though.

Get­ting to Vigan City would not be enough as they strive to re­deem them­selves from a ninth place fin­ish last year in An­tique.

“The ath­letes who have games to­mor­row (to­day) were in the bil­let­ing so they can rest and get ready for the games,” said Re­gion 7’s Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Ser­vices Divi­sion chief Dr. Luz Jan­dayan in an in­ter­view with Cebu me­dia.

“Ev­ery divi­sion was lim­ited only to 500 ath­letes in the open­ing cer­e­mony. We brought 250 ath­letes so the oth­ers who have games can rest,” said Jan­dayan, who added that she’s con­fi­dent that the team will im­prove its fin­ish this year.

She said the 20-day uni­fied train­ing in Cebu City has boosted the team­work and in­di­vid­ual skills of the del­e­gates.

Re­gion 7, a con­sis­tent fourth-place fin­isher, dropped to sixth place in the 2015 Palarong Pam­bansa in Tagum City but man­aged to go back to fourth place a year later in Legazpi, Al­bay.

The Re­gion 7 del­e­ga­tion is fac­ing an­other chal­lenge but this time it’s more daunt­ing as it dropped to ninth place last year.

A to­tal of 1,311 medals will be at stake for the 17-re­gion meet.

With most of the games al­ready un­der­way, Duterte re­minded the stu­dents of the im­por­tance of this ex­pe­ri­ence to them.

“Be­ing in the Palarong Pam­bansa is one of your jour­neys to­ward suc­cess. This is the be­gin­ning of your con­tri­bu­tion to na­tion­build­ing,” he said.

“To the par­ents of the ath­letes, the bet­ter way to show love to your chil­dren is by help­ing them de­velop their po­ten­tials.”

Also in the open­ing cer­e­mony were Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) sec­re­tary Leonor Mag­to­lis Bri­ones, Ban­tay, Ilo­cos Sur Mayor Samuel Par­illa II, Ilo­cos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis Sing­son, Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) Com­mis­sion­ers Ra­mon Fer­nan­dez and Ray­mond Maxey.

“We are very thank­ful to Pres­i­dent Duterte be­cause it’s only in his ad­min­is­tra­tion that the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment re­ceived a big­ger bud­get. We got a bud­get of over P100 bil­lion,” said Bri­ones. (Sun. Star Philip­pines)

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