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LGU increases 2020 sports fund to P7M

In a successful year punctuated by two Tacurongnons bagging gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games, the city government increased its sports fund allocation to sustain its gains on sports and youth development.

This year, Mayor Angelo Montilla upped the budget for Youth and Sports Development Program to P7 Million recording an increase of P2 Million from last year’s P5 Million.

Apart from his aim of stepping up the city’s sports-related activities, Mayor Montilla has been inspired by the successful campaign of the local athletes in the previous year.

Aside from having five arnis players becoming part of the national team who eventually bagged medals in the SEA Games, student-athletes of the city also had successful stints in lower competitions.

In last year’s Palarong Pambansa, Tacurong’s arnis players contributed 15 out of the 26 gold medals for Region 12.

Yesterday, the mayor convened the members of the newly constituted City Physical Fitness and Sports Development Council to review last year’s programs as well as make plans for this year’s activities.

City Sports Coordinator Jorjohn Cajandig reported the previous year’s accomplishments and presented recommendations for this year.

City Schools Division Superintendent Miguel Fillalan, who also sits as council’s secretary general, also made recommendations to sustain the gains of the city’s sports programs.

He said that he is considering the inclusion of a sports track to the existing senior high school curriculum.

Fillalan also thanked the city government for its huge help to the schools division through the Special Education Fund.

Last year, the LGU has allocated P17 Million as SEF to the division to be used for its various programs.

Meanwhile, Mayor Montilla said that the city needs to continue its gains in sports development front, hence the increased budget this year.

“Let’s continue to improve our sports facilities and at the same time, make effort in protecting and promoting the welfare of our trainers”, he said.

On January 30-31, the city will launch its first Sports Summit, which aims to engage stakeholders from various sports disciplines and solicit their thoughts on how to enhance our current programs on youth and sports development. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Tacurong arnisadors wrap up SEA Games stint with 2 golds, 1 bronze

Tacurong is taking the arnis arena by storm, and its athletes’ recent dominance in the SEA Games only validated the city’s status as arnis hotbed.

In the 30th edition of this biennial event, Tacurong’s Jesfer Huquire and Sheena del Monte each bagged a gold medal after dominating their tough competitions, while Erlin Mae Busacay won a bronze medal.

The trio formed part of the elite contingent of national arnis players that captured a total of 14 golds, 4 silvers, and 2 bronzes in the said event.

In her interview after winning the gold, del Monte said that the national team expects so much from Tacurong, “kaya bawal matalo” (losing is not part of the deal).

As gold medalists, Huquire and del Monte will receive additional cash incentive from the city government amounting to P30 thousand, while Busacay will get P15 thousand.

The players credited their national coaches who prepared them well.

They also sang praises to their long-time coach and trainer Grand Master Efren Apresto who paved way for all their achievements.

GM Apresto, in a radio interview, said that becoming champions require long years of training and discipline, and several competitions to hone their skills.

“The support we’re getting from Tacurong LGU paved way for our players to join several national and even international competitions”, he said.

Aside from the three medalists, two other Tacurongnons, Mary Joy Marollano and Jonah Mae Dorero, were also part of the national team as reserve players. (ASF, LGU Information)

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