BATANG PINOY … YES!
A “ Youth Excellence in Sports” Program
The absence of a national competition program designed for in-school and out–of-school children ages 15 years old and below had in a way denied this sector the opportunity to develop basic athletic skills required for making of a sports champion.
A big portion of Philippine population is composed of children below 15 years old, a period in life that is considered formative in sports. Thus, this vast sector offers a wide array of athletic potentials waiting to be discovered, tapped and developed. In the same manner, this formative stage must be filled in with sporting activities that will open doors to aspire for excellence in their chosen sports.
Sport is one of the best intervention to turn this big populace into becoming productive individuals; disciplined, socially-integrated, value-laden and conscious of a healthy lifestyle. Engaging in sports while young develops certain physical and intellectual faculties, as well.
While the many localities across the country continue to conduct pockets of sporting activities for their young constituents, there must (also) be a concerted effort from the national government, through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), to provide a venue for this young sector to engage in a healthy and friendly competition that not only is national in scope, but will also be a means of measuring athletic prowess.
Although in-school children may have a venue to display and test their athletic skills at the yearly held Palarong Pmabansa, there is a also a need for a sporting opportunity that brings together both in and out-of-school youth.
Batang Pinoy is launched to address the need for a national program for children.
Executive Order No. 44, otherwise known as the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy, serves as the national sports competition program for children and envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and fair play. This program is designed to instill the benefits of physical fitness and core values that aid in addressing juvenile delinquency. It is also tailored as a conduit of the government in developing positive outlook in our youth – an attitude best caught and taught in their formative years.
Batang Pinoy is conceptualized in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Leagues of Provinces, Cities,/Municipalities and Barangays. The Philippine Olympic Committee and National Sports Associations, both non-government entities and internationally recognized authorities in different sports, shall run and oversee the technical management of the event.
WIDENING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH– PERFORMANCE TRAINING
High-performing athletes identified from last year’s competition and for the succeeding editions of Batang Pinoy will entitle him/her to participate in the selection process technically to be conducted by the different National Sports Associations under the supervision by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission. Those who passed the selection process will compose the national developmental pool that will be trained and prepared for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014 for other international age group competitions.
The Youth Olympic Games, in consonance with the Olympic movement, aims to encourage the youth worldwide to embrace the Olympic ideals of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. Some 5,000 athletes between ages of 14 and 18 years old participated in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
GOALS OF THE BATANG PINOY
1. Provides the structure for a truly comprehensive sports development program for children 15 years old and below. High performing athletes shall undergo high-level training for in preparation for the second edition of Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014, and for other international age group competitions.
2. Encourages all local government executive to invest in the development of sports within their respective areas.
3. Solicits commitment from local sports leaders and officials to put premium importance in the early exposure and involvement of children in sports for the youth’s total development.
4. Instills the values of discipline, teamwork, camaraderie, unity, solidarity, competitiveness and fair play as vital ingredients in building an alert and healthy youth citizenry.
5. Widens the base to select potential athletes for future national and international sports competitions, primarily the quadrennial Youth Olympic Games.