Ilocano athletes qualify for Batang Pinoy national finals
By Cherry Joy Garma
LAOAG CITY (Philippines News Agency) — Student-athletes from Ilocos Norte province are set to compete in the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy national finals in Bacolod this October.
“Out of nine strong teams representing big provinces and cities in Luzon, Ilocos Norte team landed third in baseball (15-under) which qualified them to national finals,” said Gene Reginaldo, Schools Division of Ilocos Norte Education Program Supervisor for MAPEH (Math, Arts, Physical Education and Health), on Tuesday here.
Reginaldo said the qualified students won during the conduct of the Philippine Youth Games–Batang Pinoy 2019 Luzon Qualifying Leg on March 17-23, 2019 in Ilagan City, Isabela.
The baseball team B, composed of 15 years old and below, garnered third place or a bronze medal, while the province also won bronze medals in 3,000-meter and 800-m runs in athletics.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) spearheaded the Batang Pinoy, declared as a National Sports Development Program for children through Executive Order No. 44 and a National Community Sports Program through Executive Order No. 79.
The sports event has been an integral part of the national policy and program for sports development that effectively addresses the need for a comprehensive grassroots sports program.
It is held in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and all local government units. (PNA)