Malaybalay refocuses sports to grassroots program

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/16 August) – This city’s sports program will
turn to the grassroots with more up for the youth in barangays.

Christopher Soria, the new city sports coordinator, told MindaNews
Thursday they will be organizing more sports events in clustered
barangays to help spur sports development in the communities.

“Too much sports activities have been organized in the (city) center,” he said.

He said they have grouped the barangays into clusters to address the
economic costs of organizing.

Soria, a young businessman, said the city will lean towards Larong
Pinoy and indigenous sports in the communities. But he clarified that
there will just be a balance of opportunities as they will also
organize “Barangay Olympics” to involve all barangays.

Soria said starting this year, they are also organizing inter-school
events in the city as well as inter-city sports events with
neighboring Valencia City.

Even with the focus on grassroots sports, Soria said, they will also
be a partner in sports tourism, which is led by the private sector.

Soria, however, noted that for 2012, they are hindered with limited
budget with only about P660,000 from August to December.

Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri hired Soria in July after the end of contract
of Niko Alderguer, who was previously federation president of the
city’s Sangguniang Kabataan. (Walter I. Balane /Bukidnon News)