Batang Pinoy (BP)
was created through the Presidential Executive Order No.44 signed by then
President Joseph Ejercito Estrada on December 2, 1998. It is an annual national
youth sports program of the Philippines for athletes aged 15 years old and
Batang Pinoy is the
baseline sports program of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in support of
the National Sports Development agenda of the national government's desire to
provide an "inclusive" sporting event for young athletes. The
inclusive nature of Batang Pinoy allows out-of-school youth, sectoral and
marginalized sectors to participate in multiple sporting events. It answers the
needs of having a comprehensive grassroots sports program centered on values
formation including nationalism, self-discipline, respect, hard work,
camaraderie and sportsmanship.
In 1999, Batang
Pinoy was formally inaugurated in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental headed by
then PSC Commissioner-in-Charge Monico Puentevella.