Education and sports dev’t to solve Baguio youth violence


BAGUIO CITY, April 16 – The city government here must have a re-engineered education and sports development program in order to help curb the increasing youth violence as well as the literacy rate in the city.

This was underscored by three-term Rep. Mauricio G. Domogan, adding the implementation of a well-rounded education and sports development program will help  the youth busy and attract them to enter school, thus, reducing the number of those out-of-school  who are often involved in violence and other criminal activities.

Once the youth in the city will be kept busy by the city’s holistic approach to education, Domogan pointed out, the prevalence of youth violence will be substantially reduced and they  will be directed towards productive activities and will be able to contribute to the city’s peace and order efforts and development programs.

According to him, one aspect of education where the local government must concentrate is sports development since it is the common interest of the youth and will help them deviate from illegal activities, especially gang wars, which contribute in ruining the city’s image among tourists.

If he will be given a chance to go back as the city mayor, Domogan assured he will facilitate the crafting of a comprehensive sports development program to focus on combative sports which will entice the young to be actively involved.

“Cordillerans have a great potential to shine through their involvement in combative sports. Boxing and other combative sports have been proven to be good medal haulers for our local athletes, thus, appropriate support must be extended by the local government to our athletes for better chances in performing better in various regional, national and international competitions,” Domogan stressed.

During his term as a three-term mayor from 1992-2001, the lawmaker worked out the grant of substantial financial assistance to deserving athletes that participated in various competitions as well as helped the city host numerous competitions that placed Baguio as one of the sports centers in the country.

Once elected as the city mayor, Domogan cited the need to introduce the long overdue development of various sports facilities in the city, particularly the Baguio Athletic Bowl and other sports arenas, so that the local government will be able to host more sports competitions that will mean the influx of more tourists to the city that will translate to increased economic activities for a progressive place.

By Dexter A. See


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