Regional athletic meet in Calabarzon opens

SANTA CRUZ, Laguna — The week-long 2017 Regional Sports Competition (RSC) of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) kicked off on Monday at the Laguna Sports Complex in Bubukal Village in Santa Cruz.

Close to 8,000 athletic delegations from private and public elementary and high schools, including sports contingents from the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and school children with special needs from 20 schools divisions in the region, will compete in 25 sport disciplines.

Laguna, this year’s host province, has provided all the technical facilities, billeting quarters, playing venues, equipment and supplies for the competitions.

The main sports venue of the regional athletic competitions is the 19-hectare Laguna Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, while the other sports events will be staged in the municipalities of Pila, Los Baños, Victoria and Kalayaan.

At the opening ceremony, Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, together with DepED Laguna Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Josilyn S. Solana and host town Mayor Domingo Panganiban welcomed the sports delegations and received the sports competition flag from former Dasmariñas City Mayor and now Cavite 4th District Representative Jennifer Barzaga as last year’s host.

Gov. Hernandez told athletes that more than winning the games, the value of discipline, sportsmanship, friendship and camaraderie are some of the benefits they would gain from the sports competition.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo graced the sporting event and inspired the student athletes to be true sports men and women in a healthy competition of skills, stamina and fitness.

2016 Palarong Pambansa Badminton Gold medalist Nestojen Tapales lighted the competition torch signaling the start of the 2017 Regional Sports Competition.

Calabarzon regional events winners serve as qualifiers for the upcoming 2017 Palarong Pambansa. Sol Luzano/