Zamboanga Del Sur Program Problems

Zamboanga Del Sur Program Problems

Article was Published back in 2017 it Highlights Problems with the in-house training of the DEPED in relation to athlete burnout.

Part 1 Zamboanga Del Sur Program: second year in a row Poor showing in Athletics Palaro

First Published May 10, 2017


The Blue Track Oval at Dao, Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy. Perfect for a twilight meet.

With the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique finished it is again a very terrible outcome for the Province of Zamboanga Del Sur in Athletics.

With three individuals, two DEPED coaches/teachers, and one DEPED coordinator lacking the right direction for the program.

This article will highlight an example of why we have a very poor DEPED sports system in place for Palaro Preparations.


And why are Palaro records reflect this poor system in place?

As evidence of this our current Palaro records lag well behind the records of other countries’ high school national records comparatively.


Zamboanga Del Sur Program Problems

In the DEPED system, school teachers are assigned to handle athletes.

Now it’s the luck of the draw occasionally you will get a good DEPED teacher like Noel Diel, The Arcas, or Maylene Quimque there are also others out there.

But most of the time you will end up with individuals. That has no idea how to guide or develop athletes that have been training most of the year-round with a specialist trainer in some cases.

That is if a specialist trainer or sports consultant is available which is not always possible.

This, unfortunately, can quite often lead to a complete airdrop of performances by the time the Palarong Pambansa rolls around. Or even worse bad habits being taught that affect the athlete’s later development and full potential.

Please note its ok to not be an experienced athlete before/teacher as long as you are willing to learn to be a coach.

I will start by saying that the provincial government/LGU of Zamboanga Del Sur invests a lot of money into the sports program, with its sports academy.


Athletes are provided with

  1. Free education
  2. Free food, shoes
  3. Travel to meets
  4. A full-size blue track 8 lane oval
  5. And even a free hospital.


The free hospital is good because if the athletes get injured they can get free PT.

Hardly any other schools or even most UAAP Colleges have this luxury.

While this also may seem ideal. When it comes Palaro time this all seems to fall apart.

In 2017 just like it had done in 2016.

Yet this time it may even be worse the Province of Zamboanga Del Sur part of the ZPRAA team had failed to deliver a single medal again.

This is due to local DEPED Interference.


Zamboanga Del Sur Poor Palaro Performances

Last year we got no individual top-eight finish at all in athletics at Palaro 2016 in track events.

Cherry Mae Gudmalin who was partly trained by Coach Jomel was 8th place in the Javelin. 

The only track athlete from Zamboanga Del Sur to finish in the top eight was Magpale who finished 6th place in the Elementary Girls 400m trained by me.

Part 2 Zamboanga Del Sur Program: Quality vs Quantity why less is better, and an Idiot’s Guide on How to make athletes slow twitch

Magpale pictured at the Milo. Provincial Gold 100, 400. Regional Gold 200, 400. Milo Mindanao Gold 400, Bronze 100. Palaro Finalist 400. No 400 training at all.

I recruited Magpale as a 10-year-old at the Provinces Sukod Atleta Program. Her times were 14.83, 42, and 1.10 (hand-timed) for 100-200-400 when she started off in August/September of 2016.

Later she improved these to 13.24w/ 13.47, 27.9, and 1.04 (heats of Palaro).

She even bested the times of the Secondary Girls of Academy (trained by Salinas) at the Regional meet in March 2017 at Dipolog. In 400 Magpale ran 1.06.25, whereas the 400-sec girls ran 1.06.45 and 1.07.07 respectively.

Magpale just followed my program. Which consisted of technique, drills, and speed work.  With the longest distance at 250 but not very often. She is 11 years old. Magpale I had handled until about a week before Palaro.

Then I let the two winning coaches of Elem Girls from Zamboanga City handle her. The Z. City coaches are much more structured and technical with the programs they provide to the athletes.

And protected Magpale from interference and possible performance destruction from two Zamboanga Del Sur Coaches Salinas and Panuncilon.

Magpale performed a lot better than Galbo and Senora my secondary boy sprinters who were sad to say handed against my will to the care of two coaches.

Whose training methods failed to lead them to any improvement at Palaro.

I very much protested against the DEPED PESS Coordinator Noel Sanguines that if they were handed over the performance would get worse. Which predictably came to pass.

Unfortunately, this was not suitable programs that involved almost every day a reverse pyramid of speed endurance.

And absolutely no speed or power work at all (will post the recorded programs in next article)

Poor Training Methods

From going as sure bets to making the Palaro finals Senora (100) and Galbo (200) under my guidance.

Due to poorly structured in house training, they had their performances almost went back to beginners’ times.

It was quite evident leading up to and during regional meet they were both strong finalist chances.

In particular, Senora who timed 11.8 secs in the 100m.

The slowest he had run since I started with him in August. Senora timed 10.85 (hand-timed) (Mid March 2017) to break the regional record and 11.25 (hand-timed) at Batang Pinoy (December 2016).

At the Palaro it took only 11.12 (hand-timed) to make the finals.

The clear win by Senora at the regional meet was the first time in 10 years Melody Lagare (2007) that Zamboanga Del Sur had won the 100m Dash in 10 years.

After a few weeks of training on the Program of Salinas and Povencilo. They had a time trial in the 100m.

Where Galbo won in 11.5, from Senora 11.66, and Jomarie timed 12.06.

While further evidence Senora went from being 5-6m ahead of Galbo at regionals to 1m behind him.

Meaning he lost about 6-7m of speed in a short period of being poorly coached.

I had expected due to this kind of unstructured training for Senora to time maybe 11.4-11.5.

But to my horror, the effect of this unsuitable training created an even worse result for him.

Senora clocked 11.8 at the Palarong Pambansa.


Despite qualifying six athletes to the Palarong Pambansa (Galbo, Senora, Mong,

Ytang, Magpale, Dinopal) i was not included in the delegation by the DEPED (plus Lagare silver Regional 100m, who was unfairly left out and Jomari who i was working with, after obtaining permission from his coach Leo).


To be honest I wasn’t happy to join such a shambles of in-house training. Where the DEPED person in charge Noel Sanguines who failed to present any structure or delegate duties to the right people.

It’s all very well saying WE MUST COOPERATE AND WORK TOGETHER.

But everyone must agree to and stick to the duties assigned. If you coach your athletes 100% or 0%.

I didn’t agree to a 50/50 arrangement.

I tried it before and as the other parties could not abide by the roles assigned and overstepped the mark quite often.


Part 3 Zamboanga Del Sur Program: The Difference programs can make to output performance

I had been very generous allowing Jonifer Povencilo the chance as agreed to handle the relay teams.

But on three occasions he tried with the help sometimes of his buddy Jong Salinas to interfere with the individual training of Magpale and my other athletes.

On the third occasion, four of my athletes even ran away from the training and complained to the management.

The athletes were accused of overreacting by Panuncilon. The provincial sports coordinator had to get the ice as there was quite a lot of muscle swelling due to the workout which clearly was not overreacting.

I kept a log of the training being prescribed by Jonifer to the sprinters for more qualified coaches to analyze. It is just reverse speed endurance pyramids.

Which they all came to the conclusion the training would not lead to a good result as it was too close to a major competition.

Several coaches from the Philippines and even international coaches highly questioned the suitability of the below program as a taper for a peek meet.

It’s a given for sprinters high intensity with fewer repetitions is a lot more effective.

As getting closer to competition the amount of total distance in a session should be decreasing.

Not increasing regardless of the event. And adequate recovery times between repetitions as per the principles of recovery.

April 3 Yesterday he give us 2×250 2×150 2×100 5×50

April 4 AM No training, PM but in after noon he gave us 1×300 1×250 1×200 1×100

1×80 5×50

April 5 Relays

April 6 AM Graduation Ceremony, AM Jom Own Training 40, 50, 60 2 sets :PM Relays

April 7 AM Galbo 3 x 900m 10 min rest 2 completed, 6 rounds in oval 100m sprint 50m walk PMJom and Senora (so in other words 15-18 x  100m)

April 8 AM Senora 10 x 100 curving,Galbo 3 x 400m


APR 10 Time Trial 200m Galbo 23.46, Jom 23.7, and Senora 27 jogging effort / PM

100m 11.46 Galbo, 11.66 Senora, and 12.06 Jom / 4×100 44.15 (doubtful) 45.75,

400 51.98 Puyos, 52.2 Galbo


APR 12 AM 250 2x 150 2x 100 2x 50 3x (about 3 mins rest) Senora

Relay Stuff



APR 17 5×80 5×50 Galbo and Senora

APR 18 2X250, 2X150, 5X50 Galbo and Senora

APR 19 3 x 80 3 x 50 Senora

APR 20 10 x 50 Senora, Galbo

APR 23-29 Palaro

Furthermore, it seems these times in training couldn’t be matched in competition the 44.15 relays later proved to be a doubtful time as the relay ended up running 46+ under these two coaches and failing to qualify for the final.

Jong Salinas
Jong Salinas

Thus another year passes by and lessons have not been learned and our province and region don’t seem to be progressing at Palaro level as rapidly as I want it to.

Hence I ended my tenure here as sprints coach and sports consultant to the province of Zamboanga Del Sur.

I will not waste any more effort and time producing strong athletes whose performances are destroyed due to an ineffective DEPED system and two uncooperative coaches.

This what I had encountered which led to our poor performance from the two coaches and DEPED Official.

1. Way too much Speed Endurance for Sprinters preparing for a peak meet.

2. my attempt to cooperate by delegating a role relay coach, which was agreed to.

3. the coach i assigned to relays tried to interfere with individual training with the program listed above being one example.

4. Athletes not being motivated by coaches.

5. Sometimes yelling at athletes without constructive feedback.

Next Article on Athletes I worked with during my time at Del Sur Photos etc

Carrying on from my parts regarding the issues at Del Sur. I now start to write ups on athletes I assisted and coached while I was at Del Sur for almost 2 years. As per a bit was already wrote up on Senora. And to avoid repeats.


Progress in 100m Dash

1 August Sukod Meet (12.00) 1st week of August

Article on Can Anyone run 11 seconds?

When I first identified Senora.  He was invited to our Sukod Atleta meet he was 5’8 and had come from Basketball and originally wanted to try out for Taekwondo.

He had played at the school regional meet before in Grade 6 elementary.

However, he had finished last place in the 200 and long jump. So had given up that dishearteningly and moved to Basketball. Due to his height, he didn’t make it in this sport at the regional level.

So disappointed he decided to try out for Academy in Taekwondo. He didn’t make Taekwondo. Also so he tried out for sprints.

I liked the way Senora ran. And his structure for sprints. He ran barefoot at this meet as he wasn’t used to using spikes.

His arms swing and leg placements needed a lot of work.

He didn’t win that day he got second in the finals to Nino Matigas who ran 11.85 and he was second in 12.00.

I invited both boys to join the Academy. But Matigas wasn’t that willing he came here for a little while and then resigned.

Senora I recruited. Senora joined me on August 8.After bumbling in time trials getting used to spike shoes which caused him foot problems first. It seemed like he was going backward.

14 Aug 11.9 Sosmena, 12.3 Galbo, 12.4 Senora.

Foot problems struck on August 16 and he resumed training on August 19.

On Aug 22 12.3 Galbo, 12.8 Senora, 16.0 Dela Pena. And then foot problems again on

August 23.

During this period I did teach Senora correct arm swing, and foot placement, as well as basic drills.

He resumed training again on August 28. On September 5 he strained his calves which were an issue I would later resolve.

September (11.44) 1ST week of September

At the regional meet he had placed second behind Alex Galbo (11.8) and Matigas (11.9) in the heats (12.02).

He was not a highly expected chance. However, all our training paid off when he improved his best time from 12.00 to 11.44 in the finals. Matigas was second in 11.6 and Galbo third in 11.8.

This improvement catapulted him from 6th fastest in the academy to #1.

But the sudden expectations of success took an emotional toll on Senora. For the following month, we introduced light weights training, continued with drills, starts, and parachutes.

At this stage, I was still giving him longer sprints like 250s and 300s which he was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with.

The emotional toll came when Senora began to question his own ability as a sprinter. He was 95% towards giving up and trying out for Taekwondo.

The only problem was no slots available in that event as a sports academy yet. 

Senora’s main emotional issue was he thought his 11.44 was a flook. And he felt he wouldn’t get faster he didn’t believe the time.

His friends and my co-coach consoled him as he couldn’t really communicate it to me as he felt ashamed. 

He was frequently absent from training. He was further disappointed when the other coaches decided not to include him in the Milo Finals in CDO in October.

24.09.19 11.71 Senora, 11.8 Galbo (PB)

18.10.18 Twilight Meet

10.64 Yuhei Go (another of my athletes, college)

11.26 Glen Sapar (PB)

11.44 Mavida

11.51 Senora

11.53 Galbo (PB)

11.78 Sosmena

28.10.18 11.54 Sapar, 11.80 Senora, 11.90 Galbo

I agreed to cut down the longer runs to 150s maximum. And we both agreed we would have one last chance at the Batang Pinoy national finals in Tagum City competition for 13-18 year-olds.


1st Week December (11.25)

During Batang, Pinoy Senora became well known amongst the participants for showing up in his bright orange basketball shorts. While everyone else was wearing cycling spandex.

I encouraged Senora to follow the structured dynamic warm-up I had given. Senora won his heat in 11.25 over his opponents. And qualified to the semifinals. This made him very happy and changed his mindset that he could be something in athletics,.

He now decided he wanted to get a college scholarship from being a sprinter. He was only 1-2 strides behind the fastest boys his age in the country that had been running for several years while he had only been running for a few months. Anything was now possible.

Because the transport was late he didn’t even get to warm up for finals, he had time to roll call and put his spikes on and finished a disappointing 6th place in his heat and 11th out of 16 athletes.

Although Senora was running fast I had to modify the training a lot the first thing was he kept getting calve strains. I noticed it because he is landing behind his hips causing too much pressure on his calves.

So I gave him running down the stairs, upstairs and mini hurdles to fix this. As well as some medium level correctional Jamaican drills to fix his landing.

We started doing sled work, and Olympic lifts also at this point. On 7 January Senora equaled his best time of 11.25 but this time he didn’t use starting blocks. He was ahead of Mark Puspos 11.6 and Cresjol Panza 11.9 two of the strong 400m runners at the school.


28 January (11.15)


Halfway through our block of power exercises, Senora had a continued breakthrough he clocked a wind-aided 11.15 to beat college athlete pawpaw of Pagadian 11.45 and Alex Galbo 11.50 with Sosmena also a close fight in 11.53.

The next issue with Senora was he had a lot of time off cause he was busy sorting out his 137 forms.

At first, I got angry also cause Senora overslept a lot and was either very late or absent from morning sessions. But I realized the more he rested the better he ran in meets. So I held back on him a bit.

On Feb 20 he was the very late cause of his 137 and was in another race with Yuhei Go who won in 10.79, Ornillo another college guy was second in 11.00, Galbo ran a PB of 11.13, and Senora was 4th in 11.23, but Sapar was 5th in 11.47, from Sosmena 11.54.It looked like Galbo, Senora’s training partner had moved back ahead but we were in for a very big surprise.



March mid (10.85)

Moving into Mid March we were preparing for the Regional ZPRAA meet. Senora was focused on explosive lifts, sled pulls and starts. With some 150s or 120s thrown in for good measure.

  The regionals were held on a compressed dirt track. He was given the very awkward lane 8, which was full of stones.

He won his heat (2 heats) in 11.35, by about 6-7 meters despite an uneven surface disadvantage.

The best was yet to come in the finals. In what was the best technical execution I had seen from him.

Senora took one meter on Galbo and Jomari Orgado (last year’s champion) after 20 meters.

Well, balanced arm swing, no tension in shoulders, and good hip extension.

Saw him pull away to take what ended up as a 7-meter win over the silver and the bronze.

He stuck his hands out and smacked his chest as Bolt did in 2008 Beijing.

He had broken the ZPRAA Record with a run of 10.85. I was so surprised and shocked by the time.

6 other coaches from different teams had clocked him at 10.81 to 10.99. So I had no doubt that he had executed the fastest time he had ever run.

Aftermath leading to Palaro

What we tie in now is the DEPED Decision via there PESS Coordinator Noel Sanguines to allow Senora to train with Coach Panuncilon and Coach Jong Salinas.

After this happened Senora timed very poor 11.6 at the Time Trials 3-4 weeks after the Regional Meet and 2 weeks after this at the Palarong Pambansa only 11.8.

Again these were comparable hand times. Senora needed to run 11.2 to make the finals at the Palaro which was within his capability. Please refer to Part 1, to examine the type of training he had been given.

In the aftermath, once I had decided to leave the academy. The athlete opted not to stay and train with Coach Jonifer and instead decided to accept the offer of an NCAA school in Manila.

He has one more year left to play in the Palaro and he really was disappointed at his performance in Palaro so he opted not to spend any more time at the Zamboanga Sports Academy.

He was able to make a wise decision to continue to improve his athletic potential. I am very happy what I and Senora were able to achieve together between August 2016 and mid-March 2017, and his wonderful achievement at the Regional Meet.

Nobody will be able to take away that wonderful performance from Senora and I.  I was naturally very disappointed with what happened after that, and he did not get the result he expected at the Palaro due to interference from the DEPED with the training.

Please note what is most important is that Senora beat other sprinters at the Regional Meet who had previously trained with me and stopped following my training programs.

He began off very far behind them but because he followed my teaching on movement patterns and consistent with my training program he quickly moved ahead of them the same distance they were ahead of him at the start.

I wish him all the best and know he will continue to improve.


Senora now running for College of Saint Benilde was able to bring his time back down to 11.3 during Weekly Relays and Alex Galbo ended up going to Letran.

Fortunately, the Sprinters at Academy ended up working with Coach Glenn from Pagadian who was applying similar methods I had. Luckily they didn’t end up being coached by Povencillo or Salinas.

Of my 11 sprinters after I left . 2 Went to Manila (Senora and Galbo), 1 didn’t qualify for secondary, 3 left (2 of them their families moved), the other 5 remained at the academy.

My 2 youngest athletes I heard have done exceptionally well, with Coach Glenn carrying on the work with the sprint program. Magpale was able to win the secondary girls 200m as a 12-year-old Grade 7 at the provincial meet beating older opponents.

And my youngest athlete Jeralden then 10 who as Grade 4 in last year’s provincial meet was the last place in the High Jump and 400 Hurdles.

I recruited the very talkative Jeralden, and she showed some very good traits was very brave, didn’t mind being away from home. In fact, Jeraldine was frequently challenging the older girls in training and not care if she lost.

When I left I gave Jeralden a pair of spike shoes cause I knew in hear heart sprints was the event for her.

She said ok coach but I transfer to Arnis. She tried Arnis, Gymnastics, Swimming, Long Distance, Hurdles, High Jump. But I learned after a few months after I left she had gone back to sprints.

And she had won golds in elementary in 100, 200, 4×100, 4×400. In Grade 5 she has one more year left in the Elementary Category.

I mean she didn’t like running 200 in training but that ended up as her better event. The Regionals is in December, and if she gets top 2 she will goto Palaro which is what we had planned.

I want to notice not once did I criticize Coach Salinas’s methods of training or direct his athletes in training. As out of respect I had set boundaries not to cross.

Consequently, despite the fact, the DEPED group of Del Sur questioned the 10.85 of Senora at

regionals. Let’s say if it was 97m that is 11.18 still or -.25 as its a slow dirt surface and worth at least a 10.93 on the rubber.

It is not really justifiable saying his performance did not decline when he ran 11.6-11.8 at Palaro. Its just too big a difference.

SENORA ended up timing 10.99 (hand-timed) #938 at the Manila Meet in December. Which obviously solidifies the previous run at the regional meet. He placed 2nd and qualified for the NCR Meet in January.

BEST TIMES 100M (Hand Times)

  1. 10.85 Regional Meet (Mar 2017)
  2. 10.99 Manila Meet (Dec 2017)
  3. 11.15 Time Trial (Jan 2017)
  4. 11.25 Batang Pinoy Semis (Dec 2016)
  5. 11.25 Time Trial (Jan 2017)
  6. 11.29 Weekly Relays (Aug 2017)
  7. 11.38 Regional Meet (Heats) (Mar 2017)
  8. 11.44 Provincial Meet (Heats) (Sept 2017)
  9. 11.51 Twilight Meet (Oct 2017)
  10. 11.54 Twilight Meet (Dec 2016)

Senora had around 22-25 races between When he was recruited in 2016 August and 2017 December. 8 of these 10 times were with me and the other 2 was in Manila.

The times in the Palaro Trial and Palaro Itself under DEPED coaches were not even in the top 50% of his times and comparable to his marks when he was in his first month of training as a beginner in sprints.

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