IN a bid to raise awareness among youth of the value of sports and engage them to have an active lifestyle, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro has ordered the drafting of a sustainable sports development program to promote sports among the youth and discourage them from vices.
On Monday night, Teodoro and Marikina City Sports Commission members convened with the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office in Marikina City with their sports coordinators and trainers to create a community-based sports development program to properly train student athletes
The Marikina City Sports Commission chaired by Mayor Teodoro, and composed by Martin Ilagan, local sports association head; Dr. Elizalde Cena, chief education supervisor DepEd-Marikina; Dr. Angelito Llabres, Marikina City Sports Center administrator, Barangay Sta. Elena Chairman, Benedict Bernardo, and SK Chairman Jonas Reyes as members.
“Isipin niyo na maging sustainable ang sports development program para sa mga batang tini-train natin. ‘Yung disiplina sa laro ay nasa sarili nila,” Mayor Teodoro told the coordinators during a meeting.
“Pero hindi mangyayari ang lahat ng ito kapag walang sports development program. At hindi tayo makakabuo ng sports development program pag kumuha lang tayo ng professional na gagawa nito o kaya may gagawa lang para sa atin,” he added.
Mayor Teodoro called for the meeting in order to consult and discuss with the sports coordinators in the city the planned sports program, and to determine the sports that needs to be further developed.
The sports that will be prioritized in the program are volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, sepak takraw, baseball, table tennis, badminton, arnis, and pep squad.
Teodoro said the program, which will be funded by the local school board, will also make use of the 3-hectare Marikina Sports Center where some of its facilities are currently undergoing renovations.
“Wala akong activity o event na tinitingnan o pinagtutuunan. Gusto ko araw-araw, linggo-linggo, buwan-buwan, may mga programa tayo sa sports. Para sa ganun, makakapasok dito sa sports center ‘yung mga bata at makapaglaro. ‘Yun ang bubuuin natin,” Mayor Teodoro said.
Teodoro emphasized the importance of sports among youth especially school children in order for them to raise their level of awareness about the value of sports.
And it will also encourage children to get into an active and healthy lifestyle and will shape the country’s potential athletes.
According to him, the Marikina Sports Center, also known as the Marikina Sports Park, was built in 1969 under the administration of former Rizal Governor Isidro Rodriguez Sr.
Formerly known as Rodriguez Sports Center, it was bought from the provincial government of Rizal in 1995 for only P11 million and was renamed Marikina Sports Park.
“Sayang ang facility na ito dahil napabayaan ng mga nakaraang administrasyon. Napaka-ideal ng setup ng imprastrakturang ito. Nagbago ito dahil nawalan ng pagpapahalaga ang mga dating nakaupo. Iyong ipinundar ni dating governor Isidro Rodriguez ay nawala,” he told trainers and coordinators of DepEd.
It has an Olympic-sized track oval and swimming pool. The sports park hosts facilities for tennis, football, badminton, basketball, table tennis, athletics, and taekwondo, among other sports. Its two grandstands have a total seating capacity of 15,000 people.