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.