SOON, sports will no longer be an extra baggage, at least to most of the Cebu City public schools.
With the integration of sports into the curriculum of all the public schools in Cebu City and the creation of the Department of Education (DepEd) Sports Council, Cebu City public school athletes will now have a new direction towards the goal of winning more gold medals in the Palarong Pambansa.
Thanks to the responsive leadership of DepEd Cebu City Division Superintendent Bianito Dagatan, who is very supportive to the idea of making Cebu City public schools a powerhouse in athletics and other sporting discipline.
The idea is to encourage public school principals to create a sports program for their respective schools starting next school year.
Compliance of this would give additional merit to the principals and teachers.
To ensure that the program will be fully implemented, an assistant principal for sports will soon be appointed in every school in Cebu City.
Unlike the previous years when sports is the least priority among schools, and maintaining an athletic program seems to be a burden to the principal and teachers, now sports will be incorporated into the systems that every medal in any competition would mean additional credit to the implementing schools.
DepEd Cebu City will have the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) as its backer in giving the teachers the technical expertise and skills in coaching and teaching the school children as well as giving them the strength and conditioning training.
“DepEd has been very supportive of our projects. Now it is our time to extend our assistance to them,” CCSC chairman Edward Hayco told SunStar Cebu.
CCSC started the year by providing the teacher-coaches athletes strength and condition seminar that started last Jan. 7 and will continue on Jan. 21 and 28.