Tuesday, July 04, 2006
President Arroyo ‘approves’ chess program in schools
By Jaime A. Frias II
Sun.Star Correspondent

President Arroyo has approved the program to teach chess in schools, said an aide of Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr., National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president.

Pichay reportedly told participants of the 1st Ozamiz City National Open Chess Tournament last Saturday that he got the President’s approval during their conversation in Manila.

The congressman, though, will still have to take up the “Chess in Schools” program with the Department of Education (DepEd) later this year, said Pichay’s assistant National Master Cesar Caturla. Pichay told the President that the country can produce many strong chess players in the mold of Grandmaster Mark Paragua and 12-year-old whiz kid Wesley So if the sport will be included in school curriculums, just like in Singapore and some European countries.

Caturla, the head coach of the RP Women’s team in the 37th World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy, said Arroyo has approved the proposal “in principle.”

He said the chess program should be a regular class like mathematics or science, since the sport is related to these subjects.
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