DAVAO Del Norte – Current Davao Del Norte Governor Anthony Del Rosario on Sunday strongly pushed for the creation of a much defined, elaborate and grassroots based Department of Sports.
Del Rosario, who was with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez, Batang Pinoy National Secretariat head Teresito Fortaleza Jr, and Davao Del Norte Youth and Sports Department head Giovanni Gulanes said it is high time that the sports will become a part of the government.
“Kung natatandaan ninyo, meron tayong DECS (Department of Education, Cutlure and Sports) dati na ngayon ay naging Department of Education na lang. Nawala na iyung sports, and of course the PSC has been primed to fill in the gap which is the missing component of our youth,” said Del Rosario.
“I think it is about time the Congress should really now pass a bill or a law that will create a Department of Sports that is fully dedicated to sports development from the grassroots and up, and then in line with that, we should require all provinces and at the very least, all highly urbanized and independent chartered cities to also create their own local sports department. So that the new Department of Sports will have all the linkages to all the different provinces and at the very least as I said highly urbanized cities,” explained Del Rosario.
There has been several moves to pass a bill that will create Department of Sports but the action didn’t even pass on the first readiing.
But Del Rosario is optimistic and insists that a Department of Sports will be the realization of the long dream of the country’s first Olympic gold medal and development of youth.
“Kasi kapag may Department of Sports, importante na ang uupo na Secretary ay may linkages sa lahat ng probinsiya sa bansa para mas madaling makausap ang mga tao na makakatulong para sa pagpapalawak at pagpapaangat sa sports.sa lahat ng parte sa bansa,” said Del Rosario.
“Our basic objective is to implement the very basics of sports. It is not to take away the role of DepEd but to integrate sports into the curriculum, DepEd’s focus on education, which is correct. But that means na secondary na lamang sports at masabi na ang mga bata ay mayroong ginagawa sa physical education,” said Del Rosario.
“If you can see, walang existing gym sa mga school, naglalaro sa lupa ang mga bata. Naglalaro ng basketball na nasa putikan at pati sa volleyball, which I think is not suitable para sa mga bata . Sana magkaroon ng mga sports facilities in every school, pati sa mga munisipyo at barangay. It can only be realized with the creation of Department of Sports,” said Del Rosario.
“It has to be done throughout the country, there has to be a Department of Sports. it should be taught from Grade One,” said Del Rosario.