DepEd lets Abap take over boxing competitions

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Monday, July 28, 2014


TO ADDRESS the growing concerns, the Amateur Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) will take direct supervision over the Department of Education organized boxing tournaments starting this school year.

During the congressional inquiry called by the committee on Youth and Sports of the House of Representative, Abap took cognizant of DepEd’s “under-trained” officiating and lack of full knowledge in the implementation of the rules guidelines that would safeguard the life of student-athletes.

This came after Jonas Joshua Garcia died in the hospital after he collapsed in a DepEd organized boxing match in Iba, Zambales last December. Last May a boxer from San Isidro, Davao del Norte also lost his life in a boxing match organized by a barangay.

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This unfortunate events led to the call of banning boxing and other contact sports in DepEd organized sports meets.

Abap executive director Ed Picson said that although DepEd organized events are officiated by accredited teachers, their participation is only supervisory in the Palarong Pambansa. The lower meets such as Division, Provincial and Regional meets are managed by teachers.

Aside from Abap, the inquiry was also attended officials from arnis, taekwondo and karatedo, while DepEd was represented by Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali. Pampanga representative and Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao was among those who were present on the meeting.

At the end of the long discussions DepEd came up with the decision to let Abap take the lead in the officiating and organizing of all in-school boxing tournaments.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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