ORMOC CITY, Leyte: The local government of Tabango, Leyte will step up the promotion of sports tourism as a strategy to prevent illegal drugs use among youths.
Mayor Bernard Jonathan Remandaban has been keen in promoting the town’s tourism not just to foreign or Manila-based visitors, but also among locals.
“Aside from eco-tourism and social tourism where foreign nationals responded, we do not want to disregard sports tourism. This way, we hit two birds with one stone, persuading our youths to indulge into sports and avoid illegal drugs,” the local chief executive said.
Remandaban said pushing for sports tourism is very timely now that the central government has stepped up its anti-drug war.
The town’s major sports tourism event is the Tabango Triathlon 515, with a total of 51.5 kilometer run, bike and swim. This year’s event held on Sunday was joined by triathletes from Cagayan de Oro, Bohol, Carigara, Tacloban, Palompon and Ormoc.
At least 21 triathletes competed for two events: sprint with 750-meter swimming, 20 and five-kilometer biking and run, respectively, and standard olympic distance of 1.5-kilometer run, 40-kilometer biking and 10-kilometer run.
To sustain this, he plans to invite triathletes to train potential scholars from various schools and entice them to bring focus to sports for healthy living and keep away from illegal drugs.
On the same day, the drug surrenderers along with the local government officials and the community vowed to support the government in the battle against illegal drugs by affixing signature on the pledge of commitment during the town’s launching of Mamamayan Ayaw sa Anomaliya; Mamamayan Ayaw sa Illegal na Droga (Masa Masid) program.