ILOILO CITY: The Iloilo Football Association (IFA) is encouraging youths to engage in sports activities, specifically football, to keep them away from illegal drugs.
IFA President JR Robles said that there was a need for this sector to be involved in sports activities as a way to keep them away from illegal drugs and help the government stop the drug menace in the country.
In line with this advocacy, IFA will be holding series of football tournaments under the Palaro Laban sa Dangerous Drugs (PDD) sports program that kicked off over the weekend are slated to be held in Iloilo.
PDD was aimed at promoting the grassroots program for the youth to focus their attention on playing football instead of being lured into taking the illegal substance.
Last October 29 around 1,300 footballers from 90 teams gathered at the Barotac Nuevo Football Field and PFF Football Training Center here in the town of Barotac Nuevo for the first football tournament.
The one-day football tournament featured eight game categories namely the 5-6 years old, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old, Under-12, Under-14, Under-17, Ladies and Men’s.
Some 15 drug personalities who surrendered during the conduct of Oplan Tokhang from the town of Barotac Nuevo joined the event with their team named “Double Oplan Barrel” and supported by the Philippine National Police of the said town.
Robles said that another football tournament would be conducted this December with football teams from Davao City expected to join.
A different sports tournament will again be introduced in January 2017 still under the PDD sports program.
Robles also said that IFA was expected to be replaced by Panay Football Association in 2017 in response to the request of the Philippine Football Association for the IFA to have a larger scope.
Robles expressed hopes that more youth would be encourage to in sports activities as more football clubs from the different provinces in Panay would join their association.