THE Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy Games 2012 is headed to Mindanao as it holds its qualifying leg in Dapitan City from November 7-10.
Dapitan City Mayor Patri Bajamunde-Chan signed a memorandum of agreement on Thursday with the PSC, paving the way for the 2011 Palarong Pambansa host to feature another multi-sports event designed to discover talents for the national pool.
“We're looking forward to another chance for the people of Dapitan to join hands by working closely for the Batang Pinoy,” said Bajamunde-Chan.
It will be the fourth regional qualifier of the talent discovery program for athletes 15-years-old-and-below after potential national members were identified in Marikina City last month (National Capital Region leg), and in Lingayen, Pangasinan (Northern Luzon) last week.
The Batang Pinoy Games, which culminates in a national championship in Iloilo City from December 5-8, will be having its third leg in Southern Luzon to be hosted by Calapan City, Mindoro next week.
Aside from showcasing its rich historical heritage and the hospitality of its people, Dapitan will host 10 sports -- arnis, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, lawn tennis, karatedo, taekwondo, table tennis, and swimming -- during the five-day qualifier.
“I'm sure there are many young athletes out there in Mindanao capable of someday representing the country in international tournaments,'' said PSC chair Richie Garcia. “They're just waiting for the right time to be discovered.”
The top performers in each of the five regional qualifying legs will advance to the Iloilo national finals, where the outstanding athletes get a chance to join the developmental pool preparing for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.