ASPIRING DAGUPENO ATHLETES – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Dagupan City Sports Commission Vice Chair Finnela Sim and Chief Education Supervisor Dr. Venus Estonillo of City Schools Division join the recent graduates of the DCSC Summer Sports Clinic. A total of 882 youth participated and completed their respective training programs during the free three-week clinic. (CIO Photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – At least 882 young Dagupenos graduated from the three-week Summer Sports Clinic held under the auspices of the Dagupan City Sports Commission  (DCSC) from May 7 to 31.
These youth were awarded certificates during their graduation ceremonies at the Dagupan People’s Astrodome on May 31.
The three-week clinic focused on individual and group sports such as Archery, Arnis, Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Chess, Dance Sports, Futsal, Football, Gymnastics, Karatedo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wushu and SpEd (Athletics, Bocce and Swimming).
DCSC Vice Chair Finnela T. Sim, in her message, gave recognition to the athletes, their parents and their trainers for participating in the program.
Sim also thanked Mayor Belen T. Fernandez for her continuous support for the youth’s sports program, saying: “I would like to thank our honorable Mayor Belen Fernandez for her support to the youth and in sports in the city. Without the support of our city mayor, wala po tayo dito ngayon.”
Sim also added that as a follow-up activity to the summer clinic, the youth could participate in an after-school sports program that will be launched in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez reminisced how the city’s sports programs helped shape the youth of the city.
“This is not just (preparation) for competitions like R1AA. Aside from helping improve athletes’ reflexes, programs like these also help inculcate the value of teamwork and discipline into the minds of the youth,” said Fernandez.
The graduates from the Dance Sports Elementary and Secondary, Arnis, Karatedo, Gymnastics and Wushu programs gave presentation numbers during the event.
The closing ceremony also served as recognition rite for Dagupeno medal haulers during the recently concluded 2018 Philippine National Games (PNG) in Cebu on May 19 to 25.
For hauling a total of five gold, six silver and five bronze medals, the victorious Dagupan athletes received their cash incentives from the city government during the ceremony: P10,000 for every gold medal, P5,000 for every silver medal and P3,000 for every bronze medal. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)