Newly-established playgrounds, fitness parks in Ilocos Norte hoped to divert children’s attention from technology

LAOAG CITY — Aside from promoting active lifestyle and overall wellness in the community, the newly-established three-generational (3G) playgrounds and fitness parks in several municipalities here are hoped to divert children’s time and attention from computers and other forms of technology.

The provincial government here has already installed five playground and fitness parks, the latest of which is in Bacarra town.

Parks in Laoag City, Dingras, Badoc, and Batac City were launched last month.

Bacarra Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Veronica Salmon lauded the provincial government for initiating such project which will help children become physically active.

“Children nowadays do not want to go outside their homes because they like playing computers. Now (that we have playgrounds), they will enjoy playing here.”

Containing both children’s playing equipment and outdoor exercise facilities, 3G playgrounds are not only for children but also for their parents and elders who want to pursue more active lifestyles.

Provincial Board Member Matthew Manotoc, who initiated the project, hopes that the fitness parks will become “family space, community space, and safe space.”

It is also part of the provincial government’s vision to make Ilocos Norte livable by creating public recreational spaces.

This also aims to strengthen community relations among Ilocanos as social capital is considered a valuable resource in times of crisis or calamity.