The Philippine Sports Commission and the City of Cagayan De Oro on Thursday has agreed to stage yearly the government sports agency’s grassroots sports development program for the young kids with disabilities in a well-attended press conference of the “Differently-Abled Sports 4 LIFE” Paragames held at Seda Centrio Hotel.
No less than PSC Commissioner Arnold Agustin and Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno mutually agreed on continually staging the program that is only on its pilot stage out of the city’s priority for the marginalized kids that is one of the top in the agenda of development of the local government unit.
“Our young kids with disabilities is one area in sports that needs more focus kaya po noong makita ko ang sulat mula sa PSC about their ParaGames ay inaprubahan ko agad. They are on top of our agenda’s because special class sila. We are seeing now a transformation from our social services to being service provider for the kids,” said Moreno.
Agustin and Moreno’s agreement was witness by Ms. Ma. Liza Corpz, CDO PDAO Chief; City Councilor John Michael Seno, Department of Education Senior Division Superintendent Jonathan Dela Peña, PH.D, Xavier School Vice President for Mission and Ministry Irene Guitarte, SPED Coordinator Shirley Merida, DSWD Executive Secretary Michael Christopher Hamello and PWD Council chairman Ronaldo Damaldao together with media that attended.
“This is one historical moment and partnership with PSC, CDO and PWDs. Sports is most important in nation building and the program does not only provide opportunities for our PWDs but include them in development. Itong programa na ito is more than just a program. It is a real bridge for our young PWDs in nation building,” adds Moreno.
“I assure you, regular na kami dito na magsasagawa ng mga games para sa PWDs,” said Agustin.
Moreno hinted that CDO has the most organized groups and coordination when it comes to persons with disabilities such that the local government unit put them as top in the city’s agenda and will built a state-of-the-art SPED Center that will be used as the center of its mission to hone and develop future national athletes.
There are around 900 differently-abled students from all over the city but only 200 are set to participate in six sports and fun activities serving as grassroots sports development program of the agency, in coordination with Department of Education Division of Cagayan de Oro.