Gov. Amado Espino Jr. hailed the plan of the national government to put up a Regional Training Center for young athletes in Pangasinan.
Governor Espino said this will be incorporated with the Pangasinan Sports Academy which is set to be established by the provincial government next year to be based at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC).
No less than Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ricardo Garcia announced this when he keynoted the opening of the Batang Pinoy North Luzon Leg last Tuesday.
Espino hailed this development, saying that if the plan pushes through, Pangasinan is ready to welcome athletes from other provinces who may want to hone further in Pangasinan.
He emphasized that his administration fully supports the national government’s thrust in promoting youth and sports development, adding that the province is proud of being chosen to host of the current Batang Pinoy North Luzon Leg which opened Tuesday.
Prior to this, Pangasinan also hosted the 2012 Palarong Pambansa which became the benchmark of all future Palaro.
The Governor announced that the provincial government is targeting to establish the sports academy next year to help hone the sports prowess not only of Pangasinan athletes but all athletes from the different parts of the country who desire to undergo rigid in-house training.
At the same time, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), commended the leadership of Gov. Espino especially in his vision to further promote sports among the youth.
The national government’s thrust, according to Cojuangco, is to focus on a sports development program that will help bring out the “natural ability” of Filipino athletes.
“We are looking forward to launching a sports program that will put our young athletes to undergo scientific training,” Cojuangco said.
He revealed that under this training scheme, three areas will be focused which include the proper training facilities, proper training methods, and proper nutrition for the young athletes.
The POC president said that out of 95 million Filipinos, 20 million constitute the youth populace.
“Mas maganda na gumawa tayo ng mas magandang pamamaraan para mahubog ang talent ng ating mga manlalaro through scientific training which other countries are now using,” he disclosed.
In his keynote speech during the opening of the Batang Pinoy North Luzon Leg, PSC Chairman Garcia revealed that the national government has contemplated on launching a grassroots sports promotion program in order to reach the farthest and remotest areas in the country.
This is the reason, he said why the Batang Pinoy was revived two years ago, pointing out that this caters not only to the in-school-youths aged 15 and under but also to the out-of-school-youths.