Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Celia Kiram expressed her optimism that new breed of Filipino champions will come out of the Batang Pinoy Program.
“We want to have human impact on our young athletes. We want them to excel and win in Batang Pinoy so that several national sports associations (NSAs) will absorb and train them,” said Kiram on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s Malate.
The 2016 Batang Pinoy was set November 27 to December 2 in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte.
Over 11,300 athletes from 267 local government units (LGU) will join the annual sports event that will feature 26 sports and 600 events.
The gymnastics and wushu contests will be held outside of Tagum City at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
Kiram said that they are hoping to discover new talents in this year’s Batang Pinoy that could represent the country in international tournaments like the Children of Asia and Youth Olympic Games.
Kiram also said that a maximum of 75 athletes per LGU will receive P3,000 stipend each from the PSC.
She said that they hope that President Rodrigo Duterte would grace the event.
“We have invited him. But there is no advise yet from the Office of the President. But most likely, he will attend.”
“We are hoping for the success of Batang Pinoy. The success of Philippine Sports is the success of everyone,” Kiram concluded.