LEGAZPI CITY, July 4 (PIA) – Recognizing the field of sports as major concern for human development, sports organizations and professionals in the province of Sorsogon organized recently the Sorsogon Council for Athletic Development (SCAD).
Sorsogon provincial administrator Robert Lee-Rodrigueza was named as SCAD chair and Michael Sulit as vice chair, while the organizer of the Edgar Balasta, chief organizer of the First Sorsogon Provincial Sports Summit, was chosen as the council’s executive director, and Bon Mercado as board secretary.
Elected to the SCAD board were Sorsogon State College president Dr. Modesto Detera as director for Human Resources and Organization Strategy; Rico Estur, director for Programs, Standard and Sports Medicine; Ruel Frago and Romy Llona, directors for Tournaments and Games; Engr. Paul Fernandez, director for Strategic Marketing; Gerry Gojar, director for Training and Development; Michael Guysayko, director for Infrastructure and Facility Development; Vladimir Vega and Tito Fortes, directors for Research, Development and Linkages; Dr. Soledad Quiñones director for Finance and lawyer Adrian Alegre as director for Grievance.
The SCAD was an offshoot of the recently concluded First Sorsogon Provincial Sports Summit that gathered more than 100 participants coming from various sports organizations, association clubs, teachers, sports managers, coaches, trainers, sports coordinators and athletes.
Meanwhile, Rep. Evelina Escudero of Sorsogon first congressional district expressed optimism on the creation of the SCAD that will produce national athletes that the province will be proud of.
“It is heartening to note also that aside from the government sector, almost all public and private athletic associations will be joining hands and complement each other to raise the standard of sports in the province,” Escudero said.
Escudero observed the absence of sustainability or continuity in the sports development program in the province and noticed that different athletic and sports competitions are being conducted almost year-round by public and private groups were just for mere purpose of holding the games or events either mandatory on their part or to gain personal mileage.
“I fervently hope that the summit was the right step in formulating a sports program that will truly respond to what we are aiming for,” Escudero said.
Earlier, Escudero instructed her staff to conduct coordination with summit’s sponsoring groups as manifestation of her full support for the plan to formulate and create a unified sports development plan for the province.
These organizations are the Nanay Evie Escudero Developmental Sports (NEEDS), Provincial Government of Sorsogon, Department of Education (DepEd), Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA), State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA), Basketball Inter-Collegiate Championship of Sorsogon (BICCS), Sorsogon Private Secondary Schools Association (SORPRISSA),Bicol Association of Catholics Schools (BACS), Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and Basketball Academy of Sorsogon (BAS).
In an exclusive interview conducted earlier by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bicol with Balasta, he explained that the summit aimed to assist the local government units, public and private sports organizations to streamline sports direction of the province of Sorsogon by forming the SCAD that will help create programs and strategies for the development of the athletic and sports programs in Sorsogon. (MAL/JJJP-PIA5)