ILOILO CITY—Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richard Bachmann applauded the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Games Visayas Regional leg in his opening speech during its opening ceremony on Sunday, August 13, in IloIlo City.
Bachmann reiterated the reserve officers’ program achievements and its historical mark that showed the character of the youth for the betterment of the future.
“Today, we are gathered here in Iloilo for the inaugural ROTC Games Visayas Regional leg. This is indeed a milestone in the history of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, showcasing the dedication, discipline, and teamwork of our future leaders.” Bachmann said.
“As we witness our cadets compete at the highest level of play, we all should realize that this is not just a showing of their physical prowess and mental agility, but also a display of their commitment to the betterment of our society – a commitment that resonates deeply with the principles of the ROTC program.” he added.
Present in the event were Sen. Francis Tolentino, IloIlo City Mayor Jerry Trenas, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., and Cong. Anthony Rolando Golez Jr.
The students witnessed the live parade and dance performances of cadets. It already brought delight to the crowd but it was surpassed by a jet plane from the Philippine Air Force, which soared in the sky that fascinated those who gazed at it.
He also imparted the ROTC’s purpose is to give values and other traits that will be useful in their lives.
“The ROTC Games are not just about competition; they embody the values that the ROTC program instills in our youth and the next generation. The ideals of leadership, camaraderie, and service to the nation are exemplified by these men and women, who have trained diligently to compete at this level.” he added.
ROTC program is a multisport event that catered cadets to bolster their skills and to teach the importance of physical education.
The Visayas leg will start today until its closing ceremony next Sunday, August 19. There are more than a thousand athletes already registered from region 6, 7 and 8 under the reserve officers’ program from the area.
There will be a Mindanao leg on Aug. 27 and a South Luzon leg in Cavite. NCR will be the last destination for the qualified players, held in Pasig and Manila, but still there’s no definite date as of now.