Zambo regains ZPRAA title PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:13

Despite the lack of adequate training facilities due to the September siege, the Zamboanga delegation regained the championship title in the 2014 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Meet.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco commended the delegation led by City Schools Division OIC Chief Pedro Melchor Natividad saying Zamboanga’s victory is proof that Zamboangueños are resilient and determined to rise above the challenges.

The 731-strong Zamboanga delegation obtained 240.67 points in the elementary level and 333 points in the secondary level or a total of 537.67 points making it the overall champion in both levels.

Coming in second is Zamboanga del Sur, last year’s overall champion with a total haul of 435 points- 159.50 for the elementary level and 275.5 points for the secondary level.

Third placer is Zamboanga del Norte with a total of 433.67 points- 235.67 for the elementary level and 198 for the secondary level. Dipolog City came in fourth with 179 points for the elementary level and 252.67 points for the secondary level or a total of 431.67 points.

Sibugay Province came in fifth with 270.5 points, 157 points of which for the elementary level and 113.5 points for the secondary level; Pagadian City is 6th placer with 256.5 points – 145 points for the elementary level and 111 for the secondary level.

Isabela City ranked 7th with 148.34 points, 83.67 of which for the elementary level and 64.67 points for the secondary level while Dapitan tailed with 111.67 total points –49 points of which for the elementary level and 62.67 points for the secondary level.

“We were able to regain the championship in both levels.  Levanta Zamboanga, to God be the glory,” Natividad declared.

Natividad said Zamboanga City hauled highest points in the baseball (boys), basketball (boys), softball (girls), swimming-boys and taekwondo (boys and girls) in the elementary level and in arnis boys, athletics (boys and girls), basketball (boys), swimming (boys and girls), table tennis (girls) and taekwondo (girls) in the secondary level.

He said it is providential that Zamboanga regained the title even if the athletes were not able to use the facilities at the JEMSC which has been converted to an evacuation center by families displaced by the siege last September.

To this date, the grandstand is a temporary home to more than 3,000 families waiting for their transfer to the transitory sites and permanent homes in siege-affected areas. — Sheila Covarrubias