SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna � Senator Joseph Victor JV G. Ejercito underscored the importance of the Department of Education (DepEd) sports program for fitness and wellness among students and mold them as responsible citizens in the society.
Ejercito was guest of honor and speaker at the opening rites on Monday of the five-day Calabarzon Regional Sports Competition from Feb. 12 to 16 at the Col. Lauro D. Dizon Memorial National High School athletic grounds in this city.
The solon said the school and LGU-sponsored sports events help mold student athletes to be professional sportsmen and workers whose trainings involve skills enhancements, self-discipline and the development of the core values of pride through real triumph, accepting defeat with humility and the camaraderie, teamwork and esprit d' corps among team players.
He also lauded the DepEd officials and host San Pablo City Mayor Loreto Amante for staging the regional sports event and was pleased with the systematic sports contingents comprised of the Calabarzon provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.
The on-going regional sports gathering here implemented this year the setup in delegations by the integrated sports contingent per province according to the DepEd's new sports meet arrangements.
The regional sports meet here deviates from the previous arrangements where Calabarzon cities had separate sports contingents in the Southern Tagalog-Calabarzon Athletic Association (STACAA) sports tilt.
Winners who will emerge from the regional competition will represent the Calabarzon regional delegation to the 2018 Palarong Pambansa from April 16 to 20 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
Amante, meanwhile, also assured that systems are in place to ensure a smooth-sailing regional "Palaro" hosted by this city from no parking zones on key sports event venues to adequate billeting quarters and food provisions.
Amante has also directed to beef up health personnel and city disaster risk reduction and management officers for any emergency and untoward incidents and police security and force multipliers for the sports contingents who are seeing action until the Feb. 16 closing ceremonies.
Ejercito, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography which investigates the Dengvaxia controversy, also allayed fears among parents and not to lose trust on the immunization program of the Department of Health as other vaccination programs are for the students' health protection.
He also called on parents and the public to trust the health professionals whose duties are to look after the health and wellness of the public they serve. (Ruben E. Taningco/PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency