Why is most of the Philippines excluded from BIMP EAGA?
Because its focus is on the poor areas in Mindanao like Davao City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, and Palawan. These areas are mostly Muslim populated areas it is near Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia which aim to help their brother Muslims to elevate to developed their cities. They developed air linkages, sea linkages, construction, telecommunication/ICT,agro-industry, fisheries, forestry and environment and joint tourism including sports.
Luzon and Visayas are not interested to participate in the organization.
- Here is what the Wiki had to say.
- BIMP-EAGA was launched in Davao City in 1994
- BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games started in 1996 in General Santos City
- Between 1998-2002 there were no friendship games before it returned in 2003 at Palawan
The Wiki does not describe any particular reason why other poorer parts of the Philippines cannot join.
First of all I will add Palawan is part of BIMP-EAGA. Palawan is part of the Visayas?
I disagree that Luzon and Visayas are not interested in participating. I coached at Zamboanga Del Sur. And I know for a fact several athletes wanted to join the Track and Field even from Manila and other areas.
The thing is with BIMP-EAGA is its not a self-funded trip its paid for by the PSC. Even if they had to self-fund many athletes would have joined. These lower-level meets such as BIMP-EAGA even though it’s just a friendly game between a few SEA nations and a smaller scale than the SEA Games or even the Thai national open.
Gives athletes an opportunity to grow. The point of athletics is development. Hardly any of the athletes they sent to this meet went onto bigger and better results.
Usually with poorer people/groups. They do the sport to earn a college scholarship or be able to make money to send back to their family. Once they are done with their schooling they leave the sport most of the time. Whereas with richer and middle class who can afford to self-fund they will do the sport for pure participation cause they don’t have the financial pressure to make a semi sustainable living off sport.
Davao City where the BIMPA was formed is looking at hosting 2020 edition. Although this could be delayed another year due to several meets in the Philippines being canceled due to the #COVID-19.
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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.