Council okays IRR of city sports code
For a systematic and effective implementation of all sports-related activities and programs of the city government, the city council has approved the implementing rules and regulations of Ordinance 47, s. 2021 or the Comprehensive Sports Development Code of the City of Baguio.
As defined in the rules, athletes are individuals who are registered in the roster of athletes of the city government and allowed to participate in any team or individual sports competition representing the city. The term includes athletes with disability under Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
Coaches are those handling the training and/or participation of local athletes, registered in the city’s roster of coaches, and recognized members of national sports associations for the particular sports they represent.
The rules require registration and accreditation by the City Sports Committee of all local sports associations, athletes, coaches, trainers, and officiating officials to be covered by incentives and assistance provided by the code. Associations must also be accredited by their respective national associations to ensure that their athletes are recognized and authorized for national and international competitions.
For purposes of representing the city in official regional, Luzon-wide, national and international sports competitions, only CSC-accredited and registered athletes, coaches, trainers, and officiating officials are allowed.
Sports competitions refer to amateur athletic competitions which do not grant prize money, and listed in the code as sanctioned by the appropriate accrediting agency for regional competitions and organized, recognized and/or accredited as such by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee, the National Paralympics Commission of the Philippines, and those listed in the Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001, and other competitions recognized by the CSC.
Incentives are monetary rewards given to winning athletes and their coaches, while assistance are provision of funds, resources, manpower, information, and others which are helpful to local athletes, coaches, trainers, officiating officers, and local sports associations.
All applications for registration or accreditation, including required attachments and documents, shall be collated for submission by respective point persons of each local sports association to the City Sports Council through the Sports and Recreation Division of the City Administrator’s Office.
Benefits and privileges of registered/accredited athletes and coaches who are official delegates/representatives of the city are priority and free use of city-owned and managed sports facilities necessary for training for a competition; free medical and dental consultations and services in city health facilities and government hospitals with existing memorandum of agreement with the city government; treatment of injuries during training and actual competition; uniform and financial assistance; parking privilege while training for a competition; city recognition and commendation during the City Hall Monday program and in the Baguio Sports Day Awards Night; P10,000 cash for Hall of Fame awardees; and travel and accident insurance.
Additional benefits include scholarships; funeral services assistance of P10,000; mental health services with the City Health Office; free use of city-owned fitness and recreational facilities; P10,000 aid to local sports associations with no financial capability to send their athletes to participate for exposure or invitation to approved sports competitions recognized by the city government; honoraria for trainers and coaches who are not receiving compensation; and others as may be recommended and arranged.
The rules are due for implementation after signing by City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and proper compliance of the required publication.