Beng graces ‘Juego’ opening rites, inspires studes, teachers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:59

Mayor Beng Climaco graced the opening program of the Division of Zamboanga City Athletic Association (DZCAA) Games also known as “Juego na Zamboanga” at Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School Monday, December 16.

In her message, Climaco inspired the students and teachers by saying that this year’s Division Meet is a manifestation of “all our desire to rise again from the crisis and build back a better Zamboanga” after the crisis last September.

“Let us all build back a better Zamboanga City. Today’s activity shows that despite the crisis we shall rise again and be supportive of the sports development program for the students,” Climaco said.

She reminded the sports officials of their obligation by making sure the health aspect of the student athletes, citing a recent incident at the Central Luzon Athletic Association (CLAA) Meet wherein the boxing event had to be suspended following a fatal boxing bout between two secondary boys.

The lady chief executive also took pride for the teachers, principals, supervisors and most especially the students for finding time to continually exercise the right of the children to sports.

For his part, Division of Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad said he had instructed the boxing tournament manager and officials to make sure that all student athletes, especially those involved in combative sports, must undergo medical checkup prior to the events.

He said the incident involving the death of a boxing athlete at CLAA Games was isolated in the sense that it was the first time in history of school-based sporting events in the country. “But it should not discourage us from holding boxing event in school athletic activities,” he stressed.

Anchored on the theme “Levanta Zamboanga: Reconstrui maga vida por medio del deportes,” the Division Meet 2013 also showcases the 4th Division SPED (Special Education) Festival with the theme “Look Beyond Disability.”

Most of the games are being held at DPLMHS where the city government through the City Engineer’s Office had constructed an oval (earthen) for the track and field event, considering that the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan still houses the biggest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) comprising of 2,848 families.

However, swimming events will still be held at the swimming pool of the grandstand.

The Division Meet is being held in preparation for the Regional Meet or the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Games slated for Feb. 2-7, 2014 in Dipolog City. — Vic Larato