Batang Pinoy

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


I TEACH in the special program in sports. My class consists of young athletes, archers, swimmers, basketball and volleyball players, tennis players, gymnasts, taekwondo jins and chess players. Being with them most of the time, I describe them as expressive, movable and persevering athletes, active, vibrant and strong. They’re always aware of the quality of their performances during competitions; they persevere, committed to improve the quality of their output with trust, respect, and support; they strive to win and aim to be a high performing athlete.

My students encouraged me to become active in sports. Excelling in different sports is a rare skill, not everyone is gifted with such ability. But according to the “Windows of Team”: “You don't have to be Michael Jordan or Mia Hamm to have the skills you need to build, people must work closely together; wear many hats and work effectively across the organization to get tasks accomplished quickly enough to remain competitive.”

For the past few months my students trained firmly and worked hard for Batang Pinoy–Northern Luzon. Last November 23 was the opening ceremonies held at the Baguio Athletic Bowl participated by the different delegations from San Jose and Malolos Bulacan Nueva Viscaya, Zambales, Batangas and Baguio City. Qualifiers of the Batang Pinoy are ongoing around the country today with its theme: “Excellence in Sports.”

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What is Batang Pinoy all about? Is this a battle of the toughest and finest athletes?

Executive Order No. 44, otherwise known as the Philippine Youth Games–Batang Pinoy, serves as the national sports competition program for children, and is envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play. Batang Pinoy is designed in partnership with government agencies such as the Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Leagues of Provinces, Cities, Municipalities and Barangays.

The Philippine Olympic Committee and National Sports Associations, both non-government entities and internationally recognized authorities in different sports, shall run and oversee the technical management of the event. Batang Pinoy is an open tournament for children 15 years old and below based on the Batang Pinoy calendar year.

For the 2011 edition of Batang Pinoy, participants shall not be born earlier than 1996. Sports to be competed in include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. Batang Pinoy is open to all Filipinos whether by birth or naturalized. Foreign-Pinoy may also join provided he represents a particular LGU. In cases both parents are residing abroad, the place of birth of either parent shall be the basis.

No athlete shall be allowed to represent more than one LGU. The best of the 2011 Batang Pinoy qualifiers will go on training for 3 months in all their field of specialization to equipped and prepare them for the second edition of Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014, and for other international age group competition. (Source: from batangpinoy.psc gov.ph)

Batang Pinoy was formed with the following guidelines: (Frombatangpinoy.psc gov.ph)

1. Provides the structure for a truly comprehensive sports development program for children 15 years old and below. High performing athletes shall undergo high-level training for three (3) years in preparation for the second edition of Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014, and for other international age group competitions.

2. Encourages all local government executives to invest in the development of sports within their respective areas.

3. Solicits commitment from local sports leaders and officials to put premium importance in the early exposure and involvement of children in sports for the youth’s total development.

4. Instills the values of discipline, teamwork, camaraderie, unity, solidarity, competitiveness and fair play as vital ingredients in building an alert and healthy youth citizenry.

5. Widens the base to select potential athletes for future national and international sports competitions, primarily the quadrennial Youth Olympic Games.

To all those who qualified for Batang Pinoy and had given their best, good luck, aim high and bring home the bacon for the second edition of Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014. Kudos!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 28, 2011.

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