LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Alarmed by its medal standing in the recently concluded 2017 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet, coaches in Benguet were rallied to initiate sports competitions in their respective schools or districts to expose athletes in different levels of tournaments.
During the 2017 CARAA meet post-evaluation meeting, the Department of Education-Benguet noted that most of the athletes from 13 towns of Benguetlacked exposure to sports tournaments.
Benguet Sports Coordinator Dean Mark Monang said there is a need to expose the athletes to competitions.
To encourage the athletes, he said nthe provincial government of Benguet is giving cash incentives to athletes who earned gold, silver, or bronze medal in regional or higher level of sports competitions as stipulated in Provincial Ordinance 15-178, s. 2015.
The coaches admitted that most athletes only participate in DepEd-organized sports competitions like district and provincial athletic meets, which only happen once a year.
DepEd-Benguet Sports Coordinator Ceasar Luma-ang and Lucio Alawas, School Governance and Operations Development chief, encouraged the coaches to submit sports competition proposals or training designs of their respective sport events whether in inter-school or municipal levels.
The coaches were also required to submit a list of sports equipment to be purchased.
Luma-ang said he supports any move of coaches or trainers in enlisting their athletes to any sports tournaments organized by private organizations provided that protocols are observed.
Benguet earned 33 gold medals, which is lower than its 43 gold haul in the 2016 CARAA meet.
Alawas cautioned the hot-tempered coaches to control their emotions and observe decency and respect especially on critical judgments during games.