Limit extracurriculars, Gwen urges schools


Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia encouraged district supervisors to focus on scouting talents and identifying the best athletes per town rather than risk school children’s safety by sending them to sports meet.

Garcia made the suggestion during the Provincial School Board meeting yesterday where Dr. Marilyn Andales presented the petition from 57 district supervisors appealing for “a change of direction” in the forgoing of sports meets and other extra-curricular activities.

The supervisors appealed to the body to carry on with the preparations for the provincial meet of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA). (

The governor opposed this idea as she cited the Boljoon tragedy last July 19, 2019 where about seven student-athletes aboard a dump truck died after it tipped over.

Some local supervisors, she added, only need the CVRAA meet to push through to earn credits for promotion purposes.

Garcia also said it is not the appropriate time for the Department of Education to be concerned about bringing students off-campus to compete since the province is facing the threat of the novel coronavirus.