Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. speaks before thousands of participants in the First Congressional District Sports Association (FCDSA) Meet during its opening program on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Oton National High School, Oton, Iloilo.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. urged the youth to continue engaging in sports activities as it will help them grow into better persons. He made the call during his speech at the opening of the First Congressional District Sports Association (FCDSA) Meet hosted by the municipality of Oton on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Defensor assured that the province, under his leadership, will continue to develop a comprehensive sports program.
Recently, Defensor established the Iloilo Physical Fitness and Sports Development Council (IPFSDC) to set the direction for the province’ sports development program. He tasked retired provincial schools division superintendent Dr. Raymundo Lapating to lead the implementation of the program citing his expertise in the field of sports.
The Department of Education (DepEd) spearheads the holding of the district meets supported by the local government units and the provincial government.
Mayor Carina Flores promised a wonderful opening program which was held at the Oton National High School. She said they have prepared very well so that guests from other towns of the district will be mesmerized and consider the event memorable. She also called on student athletes to be good players and enjoy the different sports events that will be held in various venues from Nov. 4 – 7, 2016.
Mayors and other local officials of the six other towns comprising the First District, namely – Tigbauan, Guimbal, Tubungan, Igbaras, Miagao and San Joaquin – were present in the activity.
Basketball star Ronald Tubid, who hails from Oton, was invited as keynote speaker during the opening program.
First District Rep. Richard Garin also gave an inspiring message to the athletes.
First to hold its district meet was the Fifth District hosted by the municipality of Estancia from October 18-21, 2016. The Third CDSA will be held on Nov. 5-8 to be hosted by Calinog. The Second CDSA, on the other hand, will be held on Nov. 8-11 with the municipality of Leon as host. Meanwhile, the Fourth CDSA will be held on Nov. 16-19 to be hosted by the municipality of Banate.
The winners in the district meets will represent their respective district in the upcoming provincial meet.
The delegation from the municipality of Guimbal passes by in front of the stage during the opening program of the First Congressional District Sports Association (FCDSA) on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in Oton National High School, Oton, Iloilo.