The City Sports Office said it has began scouting for talents in the barangays to find out-of-school youth (OSY) who can be trained as delegates to the Batang Pinoy competition.
“Our program is for all, meaning that that includes our OSY whose athletic skills can be developed, so we can bring them to the Batang Pinoy,” Alberto Adion, auxiliary to the city sports director, told Palawan News Tuesday, December 5.
Sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, Batang Pinoy is competed by young people trained by local government units across the country. It is open to both in-and-out-of-school-youth aged 15 and below.
Last October, the city government brought 28 in-school-youth to Vigan for the Batang Pinoy regional level.
“The city’s projection for the Batang Pinoy is to look for OSY and motivate them that they can compete in sports competition even if they are not enrolled in school,” Adion said.
He said city trainers are directed to “talk to barangay officials to locate young people who have a potential in sports.”
“Since their time aren’t utilized very well, most of them get involved in socially unacceptable activities. What we want is for them to redirect their attention to things they will become productive,” he added.
Adion said the end goal is to make them interested in sports and encourage them to go back to school through the help of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.