The Iloilo City Council approved the creation of a separate sports office for a more comprehensive and efficient management of the city government’s sports programs.
The Sangguniang Panlunsod (SP) unanimously passed an ordinance authored by Councilor Lady Julie Grace Baronda creating the Sports Development Division of Iloilo City.
Baronda’s ordinance is a move to institutionalize the sports programs in the metro, with a specific office tasked to handle it. The ordinance, in turn, abolished the existing Youth and Sports Development Office.
The Sports Development Division is tasked to plan and implement an integrated physical fitness and amateur sports development program for Iloilo City.
It is expected to link the city government to sports associations like Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee, International Sports Associations, National Sports Associations, and other sports-related NGOs.
SDD is also expected to strengthen the city’s chances of hosting regional, national and international sporting events as part of the city’s Sports Tourism campaign.
Now a separate office, the SDD is also expected to have more time in identifying, recruiting and training athletes that will represent Iloilo City in national competitions such as Philippine Youth Games – Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, National Open and National Juniors Championship.
Other SDD’s tasks are implementation of the National Sports Program of PSC, supervision of the annual Palarong Panlungsod, assisting barangays in the annual Palarong Barangay and in the creation of Barangay Sports Club, help in the budgetary preparations of both public and private school athletes, and recommend the granting of cash incentives, recognition and awards to athletes and coaches that win medals in national and international tournaments and recognition to deserving sports associations, trainers, referees.
Earlier, the SP approved the creation of City Youth Development Office.