PASIG CITY, September 1, 2017 – The Philippine Team, represented by young athletes from Negros Occidental, showed no sign of stopping their winning streak in the Little League Softball Tournament as they clinched yet another magnificent win in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon held last August 7 to 16.
“We are so proud of these young athletes for making yet another noteworthy name for the Philippines. Hardwork, discipline, and camaraderie, the very values that we wish students to imbibe and exhibit, not only during the Palarong Pambansa, paved the way for your success,” Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones congratulated.
The Majors Team, which bagged silver, comprised of elementary students from Education and Training Center School in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The same team secured the championship in the Little League Asia-Pacific Softball Tournament last June 13 to 21 in Singapore.
Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Partnerships and External Linkages, and School Sports, Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali, proudly expressed, “Excellent. These kids are extraordinary. It was very inspiring to see our players give their all during the span of this whole competition. And while I was watching them, I realized how far we have come in the field of sports. We were not only competing internationally with participants and players of foreign nationalities, we were winning against them. This shows how much potential our youth have when it comes to playing sports.”
He also committed to do his best, alongside Secretary Briones and the officials and staff of the Department, to further provide for the needs of student-athletes to enable them to train better and develop their fullest potentials.
Joining them in victory are the Seniors Team composed of athletes from Domingo Lacson National High School in Bacolod, who brought home another championship from the Little League Asia-Pacific Softball Tournament in Singapore, and most recently, the second prize from the Little League Softball World Series in Sussex, Delaware held last July 29 to August 6.
According to Adolf Aguilar, Education Program Supervisor and Lead Coordinator in DepEd NIR, the participants are among the winners of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa and the national softball series. For more than a year, the young athletes practices daily and participated in sports competitions and tune-up games. They also underwent in-house training for one year in their respective schools, where they were provided with resources from donors and nourished with food prepared by the school canteen and the feeding program.
Furthermore, DepEd NIR showed its support to these athletes by providing capacity building for their coaches and logistical support for participation abroad. According to Aguilar, the Regional Office as well professionalized the level of competition in the Division and Regional meets.
“These wins are huge indicators that the region can perform despite limited resources and can deliver if given a chance,” Aguilar pointed out.
Eyeing more triumphs, the Philippine Team is slated to compete in the Asia Pacific Schools Games in Australia in December.