DepEd-Car wants improvement in athletics

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DEPARTMENT of Education-Cordillera is gunning to recover the lost glory in athletics once the delegation sets its foot in the Palarong Pambansa next year.

After failing to bring bringing home a single medal in the recent 2014 Palaro, DepEd-CAR is looking for improvements in the track and field events by taking needed preparations that will be covered by a grassroots program of the region.

DepEd-Baguio Supervisor for MAPEH and Sports Coordinator Fernando Eleponga told Sun.Star Baguio this early, the region is doubling its effort to improve its standings in athletics.


“The department was a little bit disheartened when we reviewed the performances of our young athletes in the track and field events. We know that in the early years of Palaro, Cordillera had always bagged medals in the said sport but unfortunately this year, we were down,” Eleponga said.

According to Eleponga, he will be speaking with local coaches to address the alarming situation.

"We still have a lot of time to make good preparations and we hope that it will be renewal of our glory in the national sports meet," said Eleponga.

"Kasama kasi yan sa mga inaalagaan natin na sports in terms of national competition. We don't want to lose our place and I guess all the athletes and coaches feel the same way as the direction of the regional department does," Eleponga added.

Earlier in May, CAR to marked its highest position after a 24-11-12 (gold-silver-bronze) medal haul that brought an all new look for the region riveting to fourth runner-up.

The region leaned towards its combative sports anew with taekwondo (11-3-4) and arnis (9-3-4) highlighting the region’s climb to the top five despite suffering in the athletics contest.

Eleponga said holding seminars by inviting some prominent track and field coaches from the national sports association might be an option.

“We believe in the abilities of our coaches including our athletes that is why we want them to improve because as we have seen, marami sa ibang regions from the country ang nag-uumpisa nang maging better rivals than us, We just need to get out of our barriers now and take it to another level,” Eleponga said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 02, 2014.


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