Fostering a sense of unity, discipline and loyalty to the nation, the Philippine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Games 2024 Visayas Regional Qualifying Leg officially kicked off at Panaad Park and Stadium, Negros Occidental over the weekend. 

Hosted by Bacolod City, almost 2,000 student-athletes are expected to ekeout each other in 14  sports events — arnis, athletics, boxing, chess, e-sports, sepak takraw, taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, target shooting, raiders competition, swimming and Miss ROTC pageant. 

Themed “Husay ng ROTC, Husay ng Kabataan” the event will be participated in by players from Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7) and Eastern Visayas (Region 8).

According to Senator Francis Tolentino, honorary chairperson of the Games’ Executive Organizing Committee, ROTC Games is “a modern manifestation of the essence” of revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio’s message to the youth as the founder of the Katipunan. He also underscored that through this, our cadets are not only honing their physical abilities but also fostering a sense of unity, discipline and loyalty to the nation – values that Bonifacio held dearly. 

Organized by the Department of National Defense, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), this year’s edition will be bannered by 1,374 athletes from Western Visayas; 402, from Central Visayas; and 162 from Eastern Visayas.

To recall, the ROTC Games’ maiden edition last year, which was hosted by Iloilo City, gathered about 700 student-athletes only.IMT Sports