Dump truck for the city’ finest athlete PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:54

The recently concluded Regional Palaro Athletic Meet  in Zamboanga Del Norte,  a competition of “the best among the best” athletes in the region, where Zamboanga City was the defending champion, turned out to be a frustration for the city. The regional championship went to the Province of Zamboanga Del Sur. There are so many reasons behind the city’s defeat and one of them is the city’s concerned on our city’s athletes when competing for glory outside the city.

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From a reliable source who went with the city’s delegation, the city’s contingent of “care givers” for our athletes have some terrible lapses, from food preparation, accommodation and transportation, to condition our athletes to do their best in the contest for glory and victory. The lapses turned out to demoralize the enthusiasm of our “champions” to garner more honors for the city. Other athletic delegations from our neighboring provinces were given the best by their provincial governments and it paid off preciously because they emerged victorious in their sports event.

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The City of Zamboanga has involved herself so much in other domestic routine of activities with huge city assistance and budget, but we relegated to the sidelines the most important and basic aspect —  the sports development. Budget and assistance for the city’s sports development are so negligible that sports officialshave to beg for more assistance and only approved after undergoing embarassing situation, “like a mendicant begging for alms from the stingy Mr. Scrooge”.

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One of the biggest chunks from the National Budget goes to sports development. In the education annual budget, a big chunk is embedded in their annual budget for sports development for the primary and secondary schools and even on some collegiate levels. In the budgets of local government units in the country, budgets for education and sports development  are second biggest to capital outlays  for infrastructures. Barangay budgets have its own sports development budget yearly. How they utilize these sports development budgets is a matter that the public must know. Even local incomes from local government enterprises and other collections from all forms of business licenses, a certain portion of those incomes are earmarked for education and sports development and cannot be used for other purposes. This has been enforced for many decades but up to the present the country or her cities has never produced an Olympian class of athlete.

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Sports development in the country is not only for contest and quest for glory, but it is to mold the country’s youths to become better citizens away from harmful vices and crimes. Other provinces and cities use to the hilt and fullest their sports development budget and they have been successful since they have produced champions and have sparked the awareness to sports even in their rural sitios and barangays. As an example, our neighbor Zamboanga Del Sur, the new regional champion in sports. They have been successful that they are now even developing new sports event like “archery”, a sport that their provincial leaders believed our local youths can excel because it does not need extraordinary height like in basketball. This can only happen if their leaders are sports minded like Zamboanga Del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles  and his board members. In Zamboanga City, what is the sports preference of Mayor “Beng” Climaco-Salazar and his city councilors or Congressman Celso L.Lobregat and madam Lilia Macrohon Nuno?

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From the grapevine we were informed that the food served to Zamboanga City athletes was out of the ordinary. “wala na ko ka sabot”  my source reveals. Breakfast was sliced uncooked meat loaf, eggs sunny side up or scrambled and some fish mixed with other variety of fish, this is the menu over and over again. what happened to their meal budget? Athletes should not be fed a prisoner’s meal. The venue of sports competition is a distance away from their lodging houses. While other provincial athletes werer ferried in buses. The delegation from Zamboanga City was ferried by cargo dump trucks, like a cargo of sand and gravel. They say Zamboanga City is a rich city , the “Dubai” of the South, what happened to the city’s tourist buses? Only for picnics and for “fiestas and Araws”?

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Scoop: Zamboanga City is excelling in sport events that has little and no budget at all, like “weightlifting”  and “boxing”. Just imagine if full support is given to all sport events in the city, with the city’s potential athletes that in their blood and fully developed, the city will produce future Olympians. Agree or disagree.