Celso, councilors lead Zambo City delegation to ZPRAA PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2012 16:39

DAPITAN CITY — Mayor Celso Lobregat personally led members of the City Council and education officials to Dapitan City weekend to show all out support to the 508-strong Zamboanga delegation to the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Meet 2012.

The Regional Meet, themed “Bridging the Gap Through Games of Peace and Unity in the Shrine City”, formally opened Sunday with a parade followed by the opening program at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University Sports Center. It is slated from March 11-17.

Mayor Lobregat together with District 2 Cong. Erbie A. Fabian, Councilors Rudy Lim, Abdurahman Nuno, Lilia Nuno, Jimmy Cabato, Mike Alavar, Myra Paz Abubakar, Nonong Guingona, Rey Candido, Gerky Valesco, Percival Ramos, Luis Biel III and VP Elago and OIC City Schools Division Superintendent Pete Natividad led the Zamboanga athletes, coaches and trainers during the opening parade that passed through main thoroughfares to the sports center where the program was held.

“We are here to show our all-out support to our athletes,” the mayor declared as he reaffirmed his administration’s priority in sports development for the benefit of the youth of Zamboanga.

The city government is shouldering all expenses for the delegation’s food, transportation and uniforms. At least 3 of the city government’s trucks and a water tanker were deployed to the JRMSU to be on standby to supply the needs of the athletes.

Members of the City Council who arrived in Dapitan Saturday, a day earlier than Mayor Lobregat, met with the athletes, coaches and trainers and officials from the Zamboanga City Division Athletic Association at their quarters in JRMSU in Potungan District.

Dressed in their white and red shirts and jogging pants and waving flaglets, team Zamboanga delegation marched the streets of Dapitan together with other participating teams towards the city sports grandstand at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University Sports Center.

The Zamboanga City secondary level is the perennial champion in the ZPRAA for so many years now. The elementary division has slid to second place the last two years.

A total of 7 delegations coming from Dapitan City, Dipolog City Isabela City, Pagadian City, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay are participating in the meet.

The participants will be competing in 24 sports disciplines—archery, arnis, athletics (track events), athletics (field events), badminton, baseball (elementary and secondary), basketball (elementary and secondary boys and secondary girls), boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sipa takraw, sepak takraw, softball for elementary and secondary, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.

Lobregat challenged the athletes to win fairly and if possible to bring home the title in both secondary and elementary levels.

He said the city government will provide incentives, as it usually does, to all those who will bring home medals.

The ZPRAA 2012 opening ceremonies had Zamboanga del Norte 3rd District governor Cesar Jalosjos for its guest of honor and speaker. — Sheila Covarrubias