By Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
The 4th edition of the Governor Alvaro T. Antonio (Gov. ATA) Inter-office Sports Tournament officially opened on February 6, 2012 at Capitol Gymnasium with the participation of Governor Antonio, Vice Governor Leonides N. Fausto, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, department heads and assistant department heads, heads of offices and all employees of the Provincial Government of Cagayan including players and athletes of the different teams.
Dubbed as one of a kind sports event among employees and even the longest running sports activity in the Provincial Government headed by Criselda I. Antonio, Provincial Sports Coordinator, it aims to unite and strengthen bonds among the Capitol employees through sports development.
The teams vying for the title of this year’s championship include the White Team (Office of Provincial Administrator, Provincial Veterinarian’s Office, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and Human Resource Management and Development Office); Blue Team (Office of the Governor, Provincial Information Office, Legal Office, Tourism Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, People’s Action Center, Museum Office, and Small-infra Office); Green Team (Treasury, Assessor’s Office, Budget Office and Accountant’s Office); Yellow Team (Provincial Health Office and District Hospitals); Orange Team (Provincial Engineer’s Office, Motorpool and Economic Enterprise Office); and Red Team (Vice Governor’s Office, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, General Services Office, and Warden’s Office). The events up for competition are volleyball, basketball, chess and table tennis. A cheerleading competition will also be the culminating activity of the tournament and it will be staged on February 18, 2012 at Cagayan Sports Complex, Tuguegarao City during the celebration of Governor Antonio’s birthday.
Governor Antonio said in his message during the opening ceremony that when he first planned for a sports activity in the province, he wanted to start a tournament that would first benefit the employees of the Provincial Government. Thus, he conceptualized the Inter-office Sports Tournament four years ago as a call among employees to take up an active lifestyle by doing sports. Governor Antonio also underscored the benefits of sports not only to health but also in building bonds and strengthening relationships among workers in the provincial government. As an incentive, he promised to give P30, 000 cash each to the different teams participating in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor’s message also emphasized that the inter-office sports tournament, now running on its 4th year, manifested that sports development is one of the priority programs of the Provincial Government. He lauded the people behind the activity and he noted that the event is among the worthwhile events seen in the provincial government.
On the other hand, Criselda I. Antonio expressed her gratitude to all the local officials, department heads and employees who supported the past Gov. ATA tournaments. She also stressed that the sports tournament had become a ground to fulfill the administration’s dreams for the Cagayanos, especially the youth—and that is to develop them as partners for community building through sports.