DAVAO CITY—Some 35 volunteers from Muslim, Lumad and Christian communities underwent training here over the weekend to assist participants of the Sports for Peace Children’s Games set on Friday and Saturday at Mergrande Ocean Resort in Toril.
Philippine Sports Commission consultant Sergio Opeña, also overall in-charge of the Children’s Games, said the “Ates” and “Kuyas” were trained not only as volunteers for the children but as community leaders who will continue to promote grassroots sports program in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to bring sports to the countryside.
The training, held Aug. 11 to 13 at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Center in Barangay Catalunan Grande, featured team building, leadership, basic child psychology, leadership, sports as a vehicle for peace and vision of PSC, among others.
Participants came from as far as Barangay Pañalum, Barangay Sirawan and Barangay Sasa, while Muslim and Maranao volunteers were from Mini Forest in Boulevard.
Churches involved were St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, San Pedro Parish and Fatima Parish.
Brother Noelvic Deloria of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart spearheaded the training that was facilitated by the Kali“The Ate and Kuya concept will be replicated all over the country. They will become Volunteers for Sports. Every 10 children in the Games will have an Ate or a Kuya who will lead them during the two-day inter-faith children’s games for peace,” Opeña said,
Volunteers are aged 18 to 25.
Some 350 Muslim, Lumad and Christian children 12 years old and below will participate in the coming Games wherein they will all be staying at the beach resort.
Similar programs will be held in other parts of the region including Digos City, Island Garden City of Samal, Mati City and Panabo City.
The Sports for Peace Children’s Games is a brainchild of PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who earlier said that the Filipino children are the real gold medals, not those the country is chasing in the Olympics, Asian Games or Southeast Asian Games.
Unesco has lauded the PSC and the Philippine Sports Institute for the Children’s Games, a major component of the agency’s grassroots sports development program.
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