Zambo Sur now the region’s sports leader PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:02

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Zamboanga City lost the supremacy in regional sports competition to Zamboanga Del Sur at the  “Palaro” held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur late last year or early this year. The Zamboanga City athletic contingent who joined the regional competition bagged only a few of the victory medals as against Zamboanga Del Sur athletic delegation that won most of the medals and became the new regional sports champion, snatching the honor from Zamboanga City, the perennial regional sports champion.Why is this so? Upon informal and casual inquiry from athletes who joined the competition and some trainers and coaches, it was gathered, that aside from the fact that the city does not have a practice venue, since the city athletic center) (J. Enriquez sports complex)was destroyed by the thousands of 2013 seige evacuees and was declared unfit for sports practice by authorities. The most important factor is, the complaint of inadequate assistance from the city government in terms of logistics and financial budget alloted for the city’s finest athletes. Or perhaps, competing athletes and sports officials quipped, the mishandling of those city funds during the competition. All these factors contributed to the demoralization of the city’s finest competing athletes.

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In Zamboanga Del Sur, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles made sports development part and parcel of the province program. Cerilles alloted an area at the Provincial Government Complex in Barangay Dao, Pagadian City, a full-size athletic complex complete with Olympic standard facilities, like a swimming pool, rubberized sports oval for track and field events, area for outdoor and indoor sports events and even implemented and created a Sports Institution, manned by academic teachers and sports trainers for all interested and qualified youths from the province’s municipalities and barangays. All school requirements supplied and for free by the provincial government, even the salaries and wages of teachers and sports trainers. There are at least 240 students from Elementary Grades to High School, enrolled at the Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Government School of Sports, coming from the many municipalities of Zamboanga Del Sur, who met the height and academic requirements imposed by the province. A candidate for Provincial Sports scholar must at least be 5’7" inches in height for class “A” scholars and  and a minimum of 5’4" for other interested sports students. Once these students are accepted for enrollment, they undergo regular academic classes but also undergo sports training early in the morning before they attend their academic classes. Most of these sport students are “stay-in” students with board and lodging houses provided by the Provincial Government. The sports school instill discipline among their students and aside from a school principal hired by the province, it has also employed a Dean of Discipline, all their wages are paid by the Provincial Government of Zamboanga Del Sur under Governor Cerilles flagship program for the development of sports.

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Recently, some talented sports students graduate from the Zamboanga Del Sur School of Sports have been recruited by some big universities in Metro Manila to be trained further for international competition.

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This concept of Sports Development implemented by Governor Cerilles is similar to the sports concept adopted by big industrialized countries in Europe, America, Russia and China, where sports development is maded an integral part of their society for honor and prestige. These countries spend huge budget from their government to produce excellent sports champions. It is no wonder these countries dominate sports competitions in the world. It is no wonder too, that one day, Zamboanga Del Sur will dominate sports in the region or perhaps be competitive in the country’s sports arena.

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Zamboanga City has a pool of talented youths in basketball, swimming, weightlifting and other sport events but they lack the venue to develop their skills. Our leaders should remember that a “healthy body makes a healthy city” and Governor Cerilles of Zamboanga Del Sur who has spearheaded this program should be an inspiration to our leaders to give more time and assistance to our athletes, who will one day bring honor and prestige to the city. Many of our talented youths are almost hooked on illegal drugs and destroying their talents, the city government should save them and come to their rescue.

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Scoop: “to see is to believe” come to Zamboanga Del Sur and have time to visit their Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Government Complex and see for yourself the development activity happening there. You will not almost believe that the Province with her meager resources, Governor Tony Cerilles was able to fully and wisely utilized the province’s meager financial resources. Come to think of it, Zamboanga City is a very wealthy city but it has not fully utilized her wealth for the people. The city remain’s poor in development. Agree or disagree.

Zamboanga City lost the supremacy in regional sports competition to Zamboanga Del Sur at the  “Palaro” held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur late last year or early this year. The Zamboanga City athletic contingent who joined the regional competition bagged only a few of the victory medals as against Zamboanga Del Sur athletic delegation that won most of the medals and became the new regional sports champion, snatching the honor from Zamboanga City, the perennial regional sports champion.Why is this so? Upon informal and casual inquiry from athletes who joined the competition and some trainers and coaches, it was gathered, that aside from the fact that the city does not have a practice venue, since the city athletic center) (J. Enriquez sports complex)was destroyed by the thousands of 2013 seige evacuees and was declared unfit for sports practice by authorities. The most important factor is, the complaint of inadequate assistance from the city government in terms of logistics and financial budget alloted for the city’s finest athletes. Or perhaps, competing athletes and sports officials quipped, the mishandling of those city funds during the competition. All these factors contributed to the demoralization of the city’s finest competing athletes.
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In Zamboanga Del Sur, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles made sports development part and parcel of the province program. Cerilles alloted an area at the Provincial Government Complex in Barangay Dao, Pagadian City, a full-size athletic complex complete with Olympic standard facilities, like a swimming pool, rubberized sports oval for track and field events, area for outdoor and indoor sports events and even implemented and created a Sports Institution, manned by academic teachers and sports trainers for all interested and qualified youths from the province’s municipalities and barangays. All school requirements supplied and for free by the provincial government, even the salaries and wages of teachers and sports trainers. There are at least 240 students from Elementary Grades to High School, enrolled at the Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Government School of Sports, coming from the many municipalities of Zamboanga Del Sur, who met the height and academic requirements imposed by the province. A candidate for Provincial Sports scholar must at least be 5’7" inches in height for class “A” scholars and  and a minimum of 5’4" for other interested sports students. Once these students are accepted for enrollment, they undergo regular academic classes but also undergo sports training early in the morning before they attend their academic classes. Most of these sport students are “stay-in” students with board and lodging houses provided by the Provincial Government. The sports school instill discipline among their students and aside from a school principal hired by the province, it has also employed a Dean of Discipline, all their wages are paid by the Provincial Government of Zamboanga Del Sur under Governor Cerilles flagship program for the development of sports.
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Recently, some talented sports students graduate from the Zamboanga Del Sur School of Sports have been recruited by some big universities in Metro Manila to be trained further for international competition.
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This concept of Sports Development implemented by Governor Cerilles is similar to the sports concept adopted by big industrialized countries in Europe, America, Russia and China, where sports development is maded an integral part of their society for honor and prestige. These countries spend huge budget from their government to produce excellent sports champions. It is no wonder these countries dominate sports competitions in the world. It is no wonder too, that one day, Zamboanga Del Sur will dominate sports in the region or perhaps be competitive in the country’s sports arena.
* * * * * *
Zamboanga City has a pool of talented youths in basketball, swimming, weightlifting and other sport events but they lack the venue to develop their skills. Our leaders should remember that a “healthy body makes a healthy city” and Governor Cerilles of Zamboanga Del Sur who has spearheaded this program should be an inspiration to our leaders to give more time and assistance to our athletes, who will one day bring honor and prestige to the city. Many of our talented youths are almost hooked on illegal drugs and destroying their talents, the city government should save them and come to their rescue.
* * * * * *
Scoop: “to see is to believe” come to Zamboanga Del Sur and have time to visit their Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Government Complex and see for yourself the development activity happening there. You will not almost believe that the Province with her meager resources, Governor Tony Cerilles was able to fully and wisely utilized the province’s meager financial resources. Come to think of it, Zamboanga City is a very wealthy city but it has not fully utilized her wealth for the people. The city remain’s poor in development. Agree or disagree.