Sports: Basketball Meet Strengthens New Environmental Group

They're supposed to be for the environmental cause, but a recently organized group of barangay leaders began with a three-month basketball league that saw the Sanitary Camp quintet clinching the crown on a clean 14-0, win-loss card.

Playing on home court, Sanitary Camp defeated Camp 8, 80-68, to bag the championship and emerge the top seed when the second season opens immediately after the awards ceremony on May 26 at the covered court of Engineer's Hill Barangay.

The merged team of Andres Bonifacio-Cresencia Village salvaged third place with a 77-64 drubbing of Outlook Drive in the meet supported by the Benguet Electric Cooperative.

Group co-convenor Mike Arnaiz, village chief of Outlook Drive, explained the tournament was used as medium for bonding before they turn to environmental programs that are the reason for their association-in-the making called "Samahang Barangay Pangkalikasan".

With him in the core group are BENECO director and punong barangay Michael Lee Lawana of Lower Dagsian and punong barangays Wilbert Ponce of Andres Bonifacio, Jerry Sales of Engineers' Hill, Alexander Yan of Alfonso Tabora, Manfred Bilibli of Soluth Sanitary Camp, Edward Lumasang of Cabinet Hill-Teachers Camp, Roberto Medina of Pacdal and Mario de Guzman of West Modernsite, Aurora Hill.

Arnaiz was one of the pioneer members of "Timpuyog ti Iit", a basketball team composed mostly of barangay captains that, with the leadership of the late punong barangay Manny Flores of Kabayanihan, metamorphosed into a support group for "Eco-walk", Baguio's environmental awareness program for children.

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