PSC unveils ‘Laro’t Saya sa Parke’

WITH the commitment to promote sports as a vital aspect in youth and nation building, the Philippine Sports Commission in partnership with the City Government of Baguio launched a park-based national sports-for-all program at the Melvin Jones in Burnham Park.

The project themed, “Laro’t Saya sa Parke”, endorses sport activities to locals and the community intended to anchor family as the basic foreground in developing enthusiasm in the young generation.

City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said the project was institutionalized in compliance with the President’s Memorandum Circular No. 49 signed July 2013.

“This activity is compliance to the memo from the Office of the President, basically keeping all government sanctioned office to help PSC in promoting sports in public parks during the weekends,” Gonzales said.

According to the mandate, government agencies and instrumentalities, including Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCC’s), State Universities and Colleges (SUC’s) and Local Government Units (LGU’s) are to extend support and assist the PSC in implementing the said activity.

Apart from the Summer Capital, eight other target cities or parks in the country were also selected to experiment on the project which include Luneta Park in Manila, Quezon City Circle, Kawit Freedom Park in Cavite, Bacolod City Plaza, Davao City People’s Park, Iloilo City Plaza, and Paranaque City Plaza.

Gonzales said the project includes seminar workshops and activities open to all local enthusiasts strategically placed in parks and sport areas in the city.

He said the project funded by PSC, will promote an active lifestyle by engaging Filipino families to various physical fitness activities.

“PSC generally target city parks since families gather there for the weekend, with the project we want parents to be the ones to inspire their children to be involved in sports,” Gonzales said.

“We want families to help each child to specialize in at least one sport. Apart from getting the community involved in this activity it will also serve as a place to monitor and identify young athletic talents,” he added.

Gonzales said Baguio has chosen to adopt five recreational sports to be catered counting arnis, badminton, football, taekwondo, and volleyball.

Other sport deeds under the program include chess, karatedo, and other indigenous games.

“This is open for all, hindi kailangan na alam mo yung sport and importante you are interested to learn. All sport activities will have learning process from basic rules to actual application especially taught by PSC officials,” Gonzales quipped.

He mentioned PSC will hold the project every weekend for 20 months before evaluating its conclusion.

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