19 February 2024, Alegria, Surigao del Norte – The Municipality of Alegria is gearing up to host the much-anticipated Division Athletic Meet (DAM) from February 21 to 24, 2024. Despite the tight timeframe for preparations, the Municipal Government, led by the visionary and energetic Mayor Rene G. Esma, has wholeheartedly embraced the challenge and pledged full support to ensure the success of the event.

In a brief meeting held on February 16, 2024, Mayor Esma underscored the significance of the DAM for Alegria and expressed his determination to make the event a resounding success despite the time constraints. “The Municipal Government of Alegria considers the Division Athletic Meet (DAM) as a challenge, considering the short time to prepare. Nevertheless, the municipal government expressed full support to the DAM 2024,” Mayor Esma stated.

Mayor Rene G. Esma presides the coordination meeting for the Division Athletic Meet (DAM) held at the LCE Confab Room, Municipal Hall, Alegria, Surigao del Norte (Photo by Ramon Lauron Orcullo.

More than 2,259 delegates from various municipalities and schools across Surigao del Norte are expected to converge in the scenic Municipality of Alegria for the highly-anticipated sporting event. Athletes, coaches, and supporters alike are eagerly looking forward to showcasing their skills, sportsmanship, and camaraderie on the field.

The DAM will kick off with the official arrival of the sports delegates, a solidarity meeting with all school sports coordinators and sports officials, a holy mass, and welcome socials hosted by the municipal government of Alegria, SDN on February 21, 2024. A set of schedules of DAM sports activities will begin on February 22 with a foot parade of delegates, an opening program at Alegria National High School, and a competition proper until February 24.

The Division Athletic Meet (DAM) serves as a platform for young athletes to compete in various sports disciplines while fostering unity and camaraderie among schools and communities. It is an event that not only celebrates athletic excellence but also promotes the values of teamwork, discipline, and fair play.

With the unwavering support of the local government and the enthusiasm of participants, the Division Athletic Meet (DAM) promises to be an unforgettable and successful gathering that will leave a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of all involved. As Alegria prepares to welcome delegates from across Surigao del Norte, the stage is set for three days of exhilarating sportsmanship and friendly competition in the spirit of unity and sportsmanship. (JSN)

Photographs during the coordination/special meeting for the Division Athletic Meet last February 15, 2024 (Photos by Ramon Lauron Orcullo)

The 2024 Division Athletic Meet (DAM) Program (February 21 – 24, 2024)