The national finals of the 2013 Batang Pinoy will be moved from November 19 to 23 to January 28 to February 1, next year in Bacolod City, according to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
The PSC has decided to postpone the multi-sporting event for 15 years old and below following the on-going crisis brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region.
“In light of Typhoon Yolanda that wrecked havoc to our country, particularly the Visayas region presently under a state of calamity, we would like to inform you that the Batang Pinoy [the national grassroots sports program by virtue of Executive Order 44]National Finals slated 19 to 23 November 2013 in Bacolod City has been moved to 28 January to 1 February 2014,” said Batang Pinoy Project Director Maria Fe Alano in a statement.
PSC Chairman Ricardo also expressed grief in the passing of some 1,800 victims of the typhoon.
“Many people were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda especially those from Tacloban and other areas in Visayas. It’s heartbreaking to see the damage caused by Yolanda and it’s not the perfect time to stage this event,” said PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia.
The Batang Pinoy program is being held in coordination with the local government units (LGUs). But some LGUs are engaged in doing relief operations and rebuilding the affected areas.
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) earlier rescheduled the Asian Games Centennial Festival, which was supposed to be held in the world-famous Boracay Island. The event was originally set on November 26 to 29.
The POC will announce the new schedule in the coming weeks.
The Asian Games Centennial Festival is expected to draw participants form more than 40 member-countries of the Olympic Council of Asia.