Clad in his signature yellow shirt, the President arrived at the opening of the Palarong Pambansa 2012 here to the cheers of the more than 30,000 crowd in attendance from the 17 regions of the country, as he stated the government programs for sports development.
As he formally opened the national games, President Aquino congratulated and saluted the athletes who have gone through rigid trainings and practices to showcase their skills and talents in various sports events.
For the Palarong Pambansa 2012, the national government through the Department of Education (Deped) allotted P200 million to ensure that athletes are properly provided with their needs and that the entire event would go on smoothly, the President revealed.
The 2011-2016 Philippine Road Map of the Philippine Sports Commission, he said, is also in place and one of its feature is the Focused Sports Policy where several sports events will be given utmost priority, to include boxing, taekwondo, athletic, swimming, archery, bowling, weightlifting and billiards.
Almost P200 million or 33 percent of the annual remittance under the Sports Development Fund will be allotted for the improvement of sports in the country, he added.
Aside from the Palarong Pambansa, the government has started the Batang Pinoy program in 2011 which centers on honing the sports talent of the youth.
The Philippine national games will also be revived and will serve as a national try- out grounds for athletes from the grassroots level.
“Ito ang magbibigay sa kanila (mga atleta) ng tsansa na makapaglaro sa national team, (This will give them a chance to play in the national team), he said.
The try-outs will start in Dumaguete City soon, he said.
The President said the government will not end its focus on the youth sports but will also shower its resources on sports development for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and inmates.
At least P5 million pesos was allotted for PWDs and at least 8,000 inmates from all over the country were given fitness regimen to care for their health.
Sports development is part of the Aquino administration’s Millennium Development Goals to promote health care and physical fitness for Filipinos. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan )