2016 Batang Pinoy
Today a Prescon was held opening the 2016 Batang Pinoy and welcoming the Media. Pinoyathletics.info will be represented by writers Enzo Williams, Airnel Abarra (The Professor) and Ms. Beverly Tariao. Who will be covering this meet.
It was good to meet up with some old faces in the media in particular Clyde Mariano, Lito Oredo and even Joey Villar. I even saw quite alot of PSC staff had been retained but they had been shuffled into different departments. Very happy to see some of my former work mates such as Quiel Moran move onto better positions in government.
MEDIA RELEASE 2016 Batang Pinoy
Ms Celia Kiram advised that 13,774 participants will participate in this years 2016 Batang Pinoy.
Provincial Sports Director Giovanni Gulanes advised that the budget of the province was 10 Million pesos but more assistance came from PSC. Mr. Gulanes also highlighted they started with 21 billeting schools for athletes but they were requesting assistance from neighboring towns to cope with the unexpected high turn out of athletes.
Governor Del Rosario who took over the top post recently from his father, and was once a congress man in charge of sports development stated
We are willing to hold any sports competition, any time even with just one months notice. Its good for our athletes having opponents from other parts of the country so we can learn and get stronger.
Gov Del Rosario also printed out they plan to hold Swimming, Badminton and maybe even Boxing at the 2017 SEA Games. They also are planning to host he BIMPA Games in 2018.
It was at a meeting regarding 2019 SEA Games with Gov. Del Rosario and PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey the offer to host the Batang Pinoy as a test for the SEA Games was offered and Gov. Del Rosario was more than happy to meet the challenge.
Davao Del Norte successfully hosted the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.
Comm Celia Kiram said that the Batang Pinoy is a unique opportunity that also caters for children upto the age of 17 who are out of school. Whereas the Palaro only supports elementary and high school students.
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