The National Institute of Physical Education (Inefi), headed by its executive director, Alberto Rodríguez Mella, inaugurated this Friday its third regional office, in a ceremony attended by several government and sports authorities of Santiago.
At the inaugural ceremony, Rodriguez Mella, thanked the collaboration of President Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona and the Minister of Education, Angel Hernandez, as well as the personalities who gathered at the center of operations of the government institution in this municipality.
“It has been years since Santiago required an operations center for school sports and physical education. Perhaps other governments had thought about it and did not execute it, but President Abinader is very clear and conscious that his officials must go out to the streets to look for solutions for society,” he said.
Rodríguez Mella hopes that the Inefi office in the “Heart City”, as well as in Monte Plata and Bayaguana, “will be able to ‘give birth’ to projects and actions, and that sports leaders will emerge from it, as there are here who work without salaries and of their own free will”.
He thanked and praised the work of Elvin Hilario, Inefi’s coordinator, who “took great care and was present at all times to open this office, and for whom I ask for a round of applause”.
He said that the next Inefi office will be inaugurated in San Pedro de Macoris and “we will complete the cycle in San Francisco de Macoris, since one was established in Barahona, host of the X National School Sports Games 2023, which were held in November in the southern region”.
Rodriguez Mella considered that school sports and physical education will have to talk a lot about Luis Abinader Corona, who has given him a lot of support.
In the activity, Rodríguez Mella was accompanied by Rosa Santos, governor of Santiago de los Caballeros, who described as “very opportune” the initiative of Inefi to install an office in that municipality.
Santos agreed with Rodríguez Mella, pointing out that President Abinader Corona and the Minister of Education, Ángel Hernández, have assumed the commitment to continue developing and supporting sports in general, “especially physical education and recreation in the educational centers of the country”.
He emphasized that “thanks to President Abinader and our hard-working official Alberto Rodríguez, together with his work team, Santiago will continue to exhibit great talents at the municipal, national and international level”.
The event was also attended by Magister Marieta Díaz, Regional Director of Education; Ruperto Ruck, responsible for coordinating, supervising and evaluating the development plans and programs of the institutions in that demarcation; Margarita Jáquez, president of Udesa; Winston “Chilote” Llenas, president “ad vitam” of the Águilas; Dr. Manuel Estévez, regional director IDOPPRIL; Emmanuel Musa, president of the Santiago Judo Association, among others.