PNG, Batang Pinoy and AFP-PNP Olympics Mission
Taken from the Book Olympic Movement in the Philippines, Section on National and other Local Games Pages 114-117.
- The PNG Edge
Because of the salient features of the PNG , it has the following advantages compared to other major sports competitions:
- The PNG caters to and harnesses the vast potentials of all sectors in the community. Everybody is given a chance to Since budding talents from the countryside can compete on equal footing with seasoned athletes, the level of competition in the PNG is relatively moderate to high. More importantl y, all participants could be encouraged to train harder and aim higher -no premium is given to mediocrity. This is in keeping with the Olympic motto of CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS (Faster, Higher, Stronger). It ·is similar to the national games of Indonesia, Korea and China, to name a few.
- By including more sports in the PNG, less popular sports where Filipinos could excel internationally would have the same exposure as other traditional mass-based Likewise, the provinces would have a wider choice of events to participate in providing an opportunity to prioritize their deserving athletes in selected sports.
- The involvement of the NSAs would not only professionalize the conduct of the competitions , but more importantly could provide an imoad for the NSAs to establish rapport with local government units in the promotion of their sports nationally.
- Since the local government units are directly given the status of representation inthe PNG, the governor or mayor is recognized as the head of his local sports The success or failure of his athletes would reflect the support that he gives to sports. As such, sports is expected to benefit from the additional attention and funding from the local government.
- A renewed interest and enthusiasm for sports could evolve in the Athletes could develop a sense of pride as they compete for their respective hometown. Each of the LSCs would have a stronger sense ofcommunity and solidarity as they promote their own “bansag” or “monicker”. This is similar to the phenomenal strength of American sports which draws grassroots support from the like of Chicago “Bulls”, Los Angeles “Lakers” and the New York “Knicks”, etc.
OLYMPIC MOVEMENT in the Philippines
- E. Vision
In the future, the PNG is envisioned to mature and transform into a national league wherein all provinces and cities are participating members. This institutional structure on a lesser degree is similar to the Olympic Movement.
In addition, the following scenario is expected to rise from the PNG:
- Local sports councils, which are the lead organizations for sports development in each province/city, would be institutionalized . The LSCs would organize sports in their respective localities similar to how the NOCs organize sports in their countrie
- The governors and mayors would be the recognized sports leaders in their respective localities. Sports would be an important priority in the agenda of the local governments.
- More national sports associations would branch out not only to the different regions but also to the provinces and cities. In the process, more sports could be made available to more
- Honest-to,-goodnes s grassroots sports development program s would then be a necessity for all Local sports festivals would no longer be an end in itself, but part of a continuing effort of the province’s preparation for the PNG.
- As in other major athletic festivals the overall program of the PNG would give birth to other events, such as the national games for the youth, the physically disabled and the masters.
Batang Pinoy Program
Realizing the need to promote sports to as many young athletes as possible – particularly the children – the PSC conceptualized the Batang Pinoy Program in 1998. It was spearheaded by then PSC Commissioner Monico Puentebella . The program was officially launched through Presidential Executive Order No. 44 signed by President Joseph E. Estrada on December 2, 1998. Effectivel y, EO No. 44 “declared the Philippine Youth Games – Batang Pinoy as the National Sports Development program for l’.hi1rlrP.n “
The Batang Pinoy program is somewhat patterned after the PNG. Athletes’ participation are made to represent their respective Local Sports Councils . LSCs are either provinces or cities which have their own constituency and sports programs. LSCs are given the right ofrepresentation in the National Batang Pinoy games.
Competitions in sports included in the Batang Pinoy program are supervised by the different NSAs in cooperation with the PSC, This is to ensure that competition rnles and standards comply with internationally accepted rules of the ISFs. Considering however, that the program caters only to young children, the NSAs are allowed to modify certain competition rules as they may deem fit. Among the modification allowed by some NSAs is the age-grouping of their respective competitions.
Among the sports already included in the Batang Pinoy program are: Amis, Athletics , Badminton, Boxing, Chess, Children’s Baseball, Children’s Softball, Children ‘s Golf, Dancesports, Football, Gymnastics, Judo, Karatedo, Swimming, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling .
The major sports event organized by the AFP annually is called the AFP-PNP Olympics . AFP stands for the Armed Forces of the Philippines while the PNP stand for the Philippine National Police. As conceptualized in August 1958, the event was first called the “AFP Little Olympics” . Participants in this sports fest were personnel of the four (4) Major Services in the AFP, namely: the Army, the Constabulary, the Air Force and the Navy.
The first AFP Olympic was held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in November 1958 with very limited events, the number increasing every year. At stake was the Commander-In-Chief Trophy, which is being awarded to the Champion Major Service during the AFP Day Celebration.
The AFP Olympics was observed as an annual activity, which was participated exclusively by officers and men of the AFP. This activity was conceived primarily to encourage military personnel to be actively involved.
in competitive sports thereb y pro moting sports consc1ousn:ess and development in the AFP.
The passing of RA 6975 otherwise known as the Philippine National Police Law effectively transferred the Philippine Consta bulary to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and renamed the former as the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The AFP has not only been undertaking its sports programs for the benefit of its militar;personnel. Over the years, the AFP has accommodated deserving and eligible national athletes to enlist, thus providing addit.ional support to these athletes while training with the National Team. As the competitions in the AFP-PNP Olympics intensified due to the desire of the Major Services to gain honors in the sportsfest, these Major Services engaged in more serious training and development of their pool of athletes.
Many N SAs coordinate closely with the AFP for the proper management of soldier-athletes training with the NSAs. This relationship of the AFP with national sports bodies including the PSC and the POC, continues to be harmonious and pr.6ductive.
The Batang Pinoy Program is envisioned as an annual national sports competition, among children 12 years old or younger. Selected sports are in9luded and chosen by the PSC on the basis of their popularity and participation among children athletes. However, sports like basketball, which is already widely played is no longer promoted in the program.