COTABATO CITY – The five-day Sports Festival spearheaded by the Regional Sports Coordinating Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RSCO-ARMM) was successfully staged on November 20-24, 2007 in celebration of the 18th anniversary of the autonomous region.

RSCO-ARMM Executive Director Vicente O. Ostique exclaimed, “We are so glad that all officials and employees of different agencies showed support for the success of the activity. Aside from providing haven for sports enthusiasts, the festival strengthens more the rapport between officials and employees of the autonomous region.”

The sports festival themed, “Human Discipline, Peace and Social Progress through Sports” was concluded with an awarding ceremony held in Shariff Kabunsuan Sports Complex recently.

The Department of Public Works and Highways was the over-all winner bagging 19 trophies from all game categories. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries occupied second place. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Regional Legislative Assembly grabbed the 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

Director Ostique is optimistic that under the administration of ARMM Regional Governor Zaldy Uy Ampatuan, more sports activities will be launched to further bolster the sports development program in the autonomous region.

The governor, on the other hand, hectic on Senate budget hearing for ARMM and teachers’ forum in Zamboanga, extends congratulations to RSCO for a job well done.

In his State of the Region Address (SORA), Governor Zaldy commends the sports office for successfully sending a participant to the 2007 Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia on May 2007. The sports office also donated various sports equipment to different schools around the region.

Meanwhile, Director Ostique shares plans to further sustain sports activities in the autonomous region. He envisioned a sports clinic that would be an effective venue for neophytes in learning badminton, bowling and other sports.

“We are confident that we can establish a sports clinic soon. This is very helpful not only in maintaining healthy fit but in achieving peace and social progress for the entire autonomous region. We hope that our provincial leaders would also launch sports festivals in their localities,” Director Ostique concluded. (bpi-arm)

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
December 10, 2007