BBEAL mulling changes with K+12 program

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


WITH the K-12 educational program already implemented, the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) campaigns to extend the playing years of its athletes by 2016.

"We shall have to address the matter as one of the developing problems for our organization especially two years from now all the member schools project a decrease of enrollees because of the K-12 DepEd program," 27th season BBEAL commissioner Alec Mapalo said during an interview with Sun.Star.

He said with the educational status implemented by the Department of Education, it will be difficult for colleges and universities to recruit new athletes to represent each school come BBEAL season.

“This will actually be a disadvantage to all of BBEAL if not taken into consideration, if not baka possible na sa next seasons some of the sports will not be played since iilan lang ang magiging participating schools,” Mapalo said.

“Not because they do not want to join or whatsoever but simply no athletes can be listed to represent each school,” Mapalo added.
DepEd recently upheld the total implementation of the K-12 program nationwide adding two years to the educational curriculum serving preliminary vocational courses.

The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School [SHS]) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Mapalo said earlier the executive members of BBEAL agreed to device amendments concerning the organization’s guidelines by April.

He added one of their best strategies is to come up with a BBEAL handbook to serve as a general ‘bible’ for all the member schools including a proper record keeping for all necessary archives of the association.

“Although meron naman guidelines and laws na sinusunod at present, we have not really documented all the records of changes transpired through the 27 seasons of BBEAL,” Mapalo said.

“We already agreed that the problem is here and dapat lang na itama ang mga bagay from here on so that we could really develop BBEAL as a premier collegiate league here in North Luzon,” Mapalo added.

Ten schools are presently associated with BBEAL including Baguio Central University, Benguet State University, Cordillera Career Development College, Philippine Military Academy, Pines City College Inc., Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, University of the Philippines-Baguio, and the youngest member Baguio College of Technology.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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