by Waylon Galvez
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez yesterday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with three cities which will host this year’s Batang Pinoy.
Saying that it is important to have a sustained grassroots development program, Ramirez said the government’s sports agency will be holding the event in three major islands of the country.
“We are very happy that we’re pushing through with the Batang Pinoy, and we’re thankful to LGUs (Local Government Unit) and this MOA signing is just a formality. This is good as go,” said Ramirez during a press briefing at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
Signing the MOA with Ramirez were city and provincial representatives Giovanni Gulanes of Davao del Norte, Moises Solomon of Iloilo City and Ricky Laggui of Ilagan City.
The first leg of the Batang Pinoy qualifiers is in Mindanao on Feb. 9-10 in Tagum City in Davao del Norte, while the Visayas qualifier in set in Iloilo City on Feb. 23 to March 2, while the Luzon qualifiers will be played in Iligan City in Isabela on March 16-23.
More than 8,000 athletes are expected to participate in the 15-and-under tournament.
The Batang Pinoy national final is set October with Tagbilaran City and Ormoc City vying to host the event.
A total of 20 sports disciplines will be played in the event, namely archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball boxing, chess, dancesport, futsal, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and indoor and beach volleyball.