Duterte lauds CEAP, DACS for empowering the youth

MAYOR Rody Duterte lauded the Catholic Educational Association of the Phils. (CEAP) for empowering Mindanao’s youth and helping in the character and value formation of the students.

This was Duterte’s message delivered by City Administrator Melchor Quitain during the opening of the 4th CEAP Mindanao Games last Tuesday at the University of Immaculate Conception Bajada gym in Davao City.

“I’m hopeful that this sports program would further improve the sportsmanship and sense of fairness, and further instill the ethics of winning impartially of our students-athletes,” said Duterte.

“Don’t play for the premiums and for post-tournament rewards. I encourage you to compete for the honor of winning and for the privilege of playing for your teams, the pride of playing with your teammate and for this tournament.”

Duterte thanked CEAP and the organizers led by the Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) for bringing the 3-day event attended by 600 athletes and officials from the regions 9, 10, 11 and 13.

“It is always a source of pride to showcase Davao City not just for being one of the country’s favorite tourist destination but also for being a premier hub for other events and for many other reasons,” said Duterte.

Meanwhile, DACS executive director Jimmie-lou de Vega hopes that the sports event will “help promote peace and understanding in Mindanao especially in this time of crisis”.

CEAP wants to enhance sports program of catholic schools in the Diocesan, Regional and CEAP Mindanao levels; strengthen solidarity of CEAP member schools in Mindanao; and establish a sports highway for CEAP Mindanao schools.

Also present yesterday were UIC president S.Ma. Marissa Viri RVM, CEAP Mindanao’s Romel Quaresma and Erwin Pelayo of Region 9, Vincent Padilla of Region 10, Lilibeth Boligon and Engr. Zenaida Azura of Region 13 and over-all sports coordinator Billy Cruzada of DACS.

CEAP regional directors are Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ (Region 11), Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ (Region 9), S. Ma. Rufina Guillano, RVM (Region 10), Br. Wilfredo Lubrico, FMS (Region 12), Fr. Romeo Saniel, OMI (ARMM) and Fr. John Christian Young (Caraga).

This year’s theme is “Waging Peace, forging solidarity through Culture and Sports”.

De Vega said CEAP plans to hold its Mindanao Games next year either in Cagayan de Oro or Butuan City.

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