THE Municipality of La Trinidad in Benguet emerged as champion in the recently concluded Pilipinas Para Games, hauling a total of 44 medals.
The Benguet capital town outranked other municipalities and city with 11 gold, 17 silver, and 16 bronze.
Baguio City came in the second spot with nine gold and four silver and bronze medals each.
Mankayan came in third, while Bokod ranked fourth, followed by Tublay, Tuba, Itogon and Kapangan.
Close to 200 differently-abled youth participants took part in athletics, bocce, chess, and powerlifting all held in the Benguet Sports Complex from May 9 to 11.
La Trinidad and Baguio City both earned nine gold medals in athletics, followed by Mankayan, Bokod and Tublay.
The sporting event is the successor of the Differently-Abled Sports for Life (DAS4Life) program from last year, which now have a country-wide scope that will reach more talents and promising para-athletes across the country.
Prior to the games, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), in partnership with the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC), also launched an athlete's classification and "Sports Without Borders" seminar for national coaches May 6 to 8 in the province.
Parasport coaches and officials from 13 municipalities in Benguet joined the three-day workshop focused on athletics, badminton, goalball, table tennis, bocce and powerlifting.
The PSC and PPC have collaborated to do, not only to provide opportunities for our para athletes, but also to coaches, said Lita Agustin, executive assistant of PSC Commissioner Arnold Agustin.
National coaches coming from the PPC were invited to share their knowledge on the different sports.
Also, the participants in the seminar were given an outright opportunity to be part of the PPC's provincial office.