The Baguio City council recently approved the implementing rules and regulations of the city’s sports code designed to benefit local athletes and lift their performances in national and international sports competitions. The passage of the ordinance will finally see the creation of the city sports council with the mayor as chair and councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales as co-chairman. The council includes the: city administrator will be appointed as the action officer and the Sports and Recreation Division Head as the secretary; and, members that come from different city government offices, non-government associations, and sports associations.

“We expect full implementation (of the) sports code and we hope we can improve all government systems
and mechanisms for the incentive program, trainings and other support mechanisms,” said Orcales, principal author of the ordinance, expressing his gratitude to all individuals and institutions who shared their inputs. The primary function of the sports council is to serve as a recommending body of the city on matters concerning sports and recreation, while also tasked to address concerns in marketing, promotions, sports tourism, media, athletes with disabilities, sports medicine, sports infrastructure and facilities, and barangay sports, among others.

Under the code, the city will now register all athletes, trainers, coaches and local sports associations (LSAs) with the City Sports Council. Only those registered will be allowed to represent the city in any sports events and are eligible for incentives and other forms of assistance from the city. He said full budget of the said office as to its sports program had been put on hold until said plan is delivered. Meanwhile, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, during the ceremonial tee of the 72nd Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament Thursday, expressed delight in the passage of the sports code IRR as he said government has made sure to put up all training facilities that will help athletes.

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