MANILA, Philippines – Other up-and-coming athletes from various sports can be seen in the Bangsamoro region.
The Bangsamoro Sports Commission will move in that direction by forging a partnership with the Philippines Sports Commission on Tuesday to see sports flourish in Muslim Mindanao.
BSC Chairman Nu-man Caludtiag said they would benefit from the collaborative effort with the PSC in the new regional sports agency’s quest to improve its programs in the Bangsamoro region.
“Our vision is to hone talent and discover children living in our region who have the potential to be good at sport,” Caludtiag said during the BSC Board’s courtesy visit to the PSC President, William Ramirez, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
“The BSC is still a work in progress and our partnership with the PSC will help us to effectively implement our mandate, which is to promote sports and institutionalize sports programs, among others,” added Caludtiag.
BSC commissioners Arsalan Diamaoden representing Lanao del Sur, Abdulkhari Musa from Tawi-Tawi, Yushoup Sario from Basilan and Adzhar Tingkahan from Sulu were also present during the signing of the BSC-PSC agreement.
Besides its tendency to develop combat sports, the BSC considers extreme sports, chess, volleyball, badminton, pencak silat, sepak takraw, shooting and swimming as among the sports on which the region should to concentrate.
“The fastest way to produce an Olympian in the region is through open water swimming,” Ramirez said. “The kids there are strong and sturdy and if you have the opportunity to compete in a regular pool you will be surprised at how fast they can swim.”
The BSC is the policy-making and coordinating body for all amateur sports development programs and institutions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and was established on September 17, 2020 by Law No. 12 Bangsamoro Autonomy or the “Bangsamoro Sports Commission Act of 2020.”
“Our commission is here to foster and cement a strong and solid bond with one of the country’s great institutions, the PSC. Our goals and our passion for creating interest and developing Filipino sports are very similar,” said Caludtiag.
“Like the PSC, the BSC is committed to transforming the Bangsamoro people into a healthy population through various commendable athletic development programs,” Caludtiag added.
Senior staff from PSC and BSC also conducted a tree planting activity at RMSC which will be a symbol of friendship and stronger relationships in the future.
PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram, PSC Executive Director Atty joined Ramirez. Guillermo Iroy Jr., Deputy Executive Director Merlita Ibay, Acting Deputy Executive Director Anna Christine Abellana and PSC Chief of Staff Marc Edward Velasco.
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