New Zambo city sports officer bares priority PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 11:52

As the Enriquez Sports Complex is being used as evacuation center of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), newly-designated City Sports Development Officer Dr. Cecilia Chavez-Atilano is prioritizing Zamboangueno athletes who excel in different sports and athletic events for top level competitions.

In the weekly “Issues in the News” of the Zamboanga Press Club, Inc. (ZPCI) on Saturday, Atilano said upon her assumption to office her priority is sport development programs in consonance with the City Government’s prioprity programs for the youth.

“We’ll be identifying Zamboangueno athletes who really excel in different sports as a scientific approach for top level competitions,” Atilano said.

Atilano, who is a doctoral degree holder and SEA Games medalist, was appointed by Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar as the City’s Sports Development Officer and officially assumed office effective August 19, 2014, replacing Bernardito “Dit” Patino who retired last July.

Atilano said the city has produced a lot of potential athletes including weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia who will be participating ASEAN Games in Korea, 3rd week of September, this year, boxer Marcial, San Mig Coffee Prince Mark Barroca and other Zamboangueno athletes who excel in different sports and athletic events.

“This is a continuation of grassroot sports program which we also cater to local National Sports Association (NSA) and identifying local athletes and sent to higher level of competition,” Atilano said.

Department of Education (DepEd) Sports Coordinator Ricarte de Sosa said DepEd is conducting a whole year round sports competition including training and fitness program from district, cluster and division levels up to regional and Palarong Pambansa.

He said the cut-off birthdate for DepEd competition is from May 15, 2002 for elementary level and May 15, 1999, for secondary-division level.

Meanwhile, Atilano said the IDPs at the Enriquez sports complex  will be relocated to transitory sites before the end of this year.

“This is for the total rehabilitation with initial budget of P280 million from the national government,” Atilano disclosed.

The total rehabilitation includes the elevation of the ground, installation of new rubberized oval and other sports facilities.

“I think the initial budget is not enough but we’re looking forward for the immediate rehabilitation,” Atilano said. — Monch L. Follosco