Limpag: No Cebu Province in Cviraa?

Mike T. Limpag

I LEARNED some interesting tidbit after I wrote about how Cebu Province may not have the same level of support in this year’s Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet.

Well, interesting might be an understatement considering there might not even be a Cebu Province in this year’s Cviraa. DepEd Cebu Province has yet to organize its own Provincial Meet, which is the selection process for its delegation to the regional meet. And with less than four weeks to go before the Cviraa, does DepEd Cebu Province have enough time to hold one? I hope so.

It can’t be a question of funds, could it since the step-ladder Palaro competition is a DepEd program, not one from the local government unit. It would be a pity if there won’t be one as it means there won’t be a Cebu Province in the meet. Unless of course, DepEd Region 7 somehow allows a special arrangement that will allow Cebu Province to form its delegation by some other means. By appointment? That would create more problems than it solves.

For the Cebu Province athletes who have competed in the Palarong Pambansa and are looking forward to a return stint this year, they are in for a disappointment. And in the past, I know Cebu Province athletes have added gold medals to Region 7 in athletics, chess and volleyball.

They’re also a source of reinforcements for other sports, especially football since Don Bosco Boys Home usually represents Cebu Province in the Cviraa.

I hope that whatever problems DepEd Cebu Province is having will be solved so it can have its Provincial Meet. It would be a pity not to have the Cebu Province in the regional meet.

Athletes usually get discovered by big schools who offer scholarships by competing in the Palarong Pambansa and I know that’s one major incentive for students who otherwise couldn’t afford getting a college degree from major schools.

FUTSAL SEASON. It’s the second semester and that only means one thing for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. It’s the girls’ futsal season. As usual, the favorites are the established schools University of San Carlos and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, but I hope the rest of the participants, the University of San Jose-Recoletos, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Southwestern University-Phinma and guest team SMS-Girlstown will also have a good season.

I commend these schools for putting up a futsal team and I hope the other members of the league, Velez College, UV and Cebu Doctors University, follow suit.