Zampen LGUs fully support ZPRAA ’12 meet in Dapitan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:21

DAPITAN CITY – It was indeed a magnificent and superb opening ceremony for the 2012 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) meet held last Sunday March 11 at the Shrine City of Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, where fireworks display and a parade around the city with more or less 3,720 athletes, coaches, chaperons, and officials from the eight schools divisions of Region IX were the highlight of the event.

National and local officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) were in full attendance during the opening ceremony. Furthermore the event also showed the strong manifestation of the full support of the local government officials around Zamboanga Peninsula region following their presence in last Sunday’s event.     

Dapitan Councilor Apple Marie A. Agolong, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Tourism, said this year’s Regional Meet is well-attended by 90 percent of top provincial, city and municipal officials from all over the region.

On the other hand, Dapitan City Mayor Dominador “Jun” G. Jalosjos Jr. in his opening remarks expressed that he fully supports sports competitions and that it is not victory that matters, but the ability of the athletes to compete in the commendable level.

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Rolando E. Yebes; Dr. Edgar S. Balbuena, president, Jose Rizal Memorial State University and Dr. Walter O. Albos, DepEd regional director and concurrent Dapitan City Division schools division superintendent also gave their inspirational talks to the delegates and athletes.

Also in attendance were former Congressman Romeo “Nonong” G. Jalosjos and Congressman Seth Frederick P. Jalosjos of the first district who represented third district Representative Cesar G. Jalosjos as guest speaker.

“This is an activity of special significance because the conduct of all sports events is aimed at bridging the gaps. It is our common observation that in sports activities, gaps have been reconnected and friendships are being made.” said Jalosjos in his keynote speech.

Meanwhile, DepEd spokesperson Assistant Secretary Tonisito M.C. Umali also sent his message on the opening ceremony of ZPRAA.

“Through sports events and activities like this one, every student athlete in the country will be given a chance to showcase his or her talent. This is a doable formula for finding the total Filipino athlete. This formula will eventually pave the way for quality and excellence in sports,” said Umali, the officer-in-charge of the School Sports Development Program of the DepEd.

In an interview with 2012 ZPRAA coordinator Mr Germanico C. Malacat, Physical Education and Schools Sports supervisor, said this is the second time that the event is being held in the city. Last 2010, Dapitan was also chosen as host city for the said regional sports event in partnership with the DepEd.
He said it is also important to note that the Dapitan City government also partnered with the DepEd in the staging of the Palarong Pambansa last May 8-14, 2011.

According to Malacat, bearing the theme, “Bridging the Gap through Games of Peace and Unity in the Shrine City,” the holding of the 2012 ZPRAA is made possible through the admirable goals and efforts of the City Government of Dapitan headed by Mayor Jun Jalosjos in collaboration with the DepEd-IX led by Regional Director Albos. 

Meanwhile, in the weeklong event, scheduled from March 11 to 17, student athletes will compete in seventeen disciplines, including athletics, badminton, arnis, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, and archery.

All of these games will be played in Dapitan except baseball and basketball which are set at the Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex in Dipolog City and Zamboanga del Norte Convention Center in the same city, respectively.

The participating delegations of ZPRAA are from the different elementary and secondary schools in Isabela City, Pagadian City, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and the twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. — AMS