Tacloban City Delegates Join as Ormoc City Opens EVRAA 2016
Tacloban City – The Tacloban City delegates joined the formal opening of EVRAA 2016 at Ormoc City Sports Complex last January 31, 2016. It was participated by 13 divisions from Eastern Visayas namely: Biliran, Baybay City, Borongan City, Catbalogan City, Calbayog City, Eastern Samar Division, Leyte Division, Maasin City, Northern Samar Division, Samar Division, Southern Leyte Division, Tacloban City and Ormoc City. There were 635 delegates from Tacloban City and 531 of them compose the athletes.
Despite drizzles and intermittent rains, the EVRAA 2016, graced by local, regional and national officials, held its opening rites with a parade around the city, freeing of doves and firework display, with the theme, “Creating Opportunities Accelerating Success for Sports Development through K-12.”
Department of Education Regional Director Luisa Bautista-Yu, who formally declared the event open emphasized in her speech the importance of sports in every student. “Sports involve physical and mental training. If we continue to involve our students in athletics, it will develop their self-esteem. This will give them self-assurance that they can overcome adversities in any endeavor.” She further explained their critical role in the full development of students and athletes. “Our role is crucial in the holistic development of our students. Our athletes have been excelling in both physical and mental arenas. I could proudly say that we have achieved our mission in as far as the objectives of the basic education is concerned. This would not be possible without the help of our stakeholders.”
Dr. Yu especially mentioned the Local and City Governments for recognizing supporting their athletes who have potentials and in turn bring honor to the cities and municipalities.
Tacloban City Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Carmelino Bernadas in an interview said that they are grateful to the City Government of Tacloban especially to Mayor Romualdez for trusting and supporting the athletes. He said that the Government’s support in Sports in turn take the students away from unwanted activities. He exclaimed that the support they are receiving make them persevere in bringing home the bacon. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)