Resignations in the sports council

As President of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc., I sent this message out early this morning in reaction to this news.

This is to confirm media reports that Rommel Tan of AAK has sent an email letter of resignation yesterday (September 10, 2009) and earlier sent a text message of resigning from the Davao City Sports Council, Inc.

No such message was received regarding the reported resignation of Salvador Paholio, Jr. of cycling.

I am surprised by their resignation.

They are active members of the Sports Council and have been undertaking various activities in their respective sports here and in participating in tournaments on the national and international levels.

I am calling for an emergency meeting of the Sports Council as soon as possible to calendar these matters.

We are not aware of any problems with their membership in this sports coordinating body, although their national sports associations are having leadership problems. The same can be said of other sports bodies at the national level. However, I am happy to note that leadership problems hounding a number of NSAs have not affected the local sports body.

The Davao City Sports Council is primarily a coordinating council. It is not a policy-making body or a funding agency and it fully allows its member national sports associations to undertake their own programs, projects and activities.

Part of the Sports Council’s role is to be the NSAs link with the City Government in coordinating annual sports activities such as during the Araw ng Dabaw, Kadayawan and Paskuhan sports competitions. It also links with the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and civil society groups such as the Sports for Peace Foundation of former PSC chair William “Butch” Ramirez.

The Davao City Sports Council also undertakes the annual So Kim Cheng Awards, now going on its 16th year in partnership with the So Kim Cheng Foundation, and the new Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards, now going on its 2nd year.

The Sports Council just recently held its election of officers and there were no indication at all of any of these resignations. Mr. Paholio was in fact re-elected as an officer.

We respect the individual decisions of NSA officials on their membership in the Davao City Sports Council. We wish that they would continue to be of service to the sports community of the city.”

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Sports journalism award

The submission of entries for the 1st Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards closed last Wednesday. The submitted entries for best sports news, best sports feature, best sports column and best sports photograph were evaluated today by the board of judges, shown here:

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Jonathan Santes (left) former newspaper editor/publisher and now Information Officer of the Sunday Runners Club; Jimmy Torres, veteran broadcaster and cable television host; and freelance writer and photojournalist Aurelio Pena.

The winners will receive their awards on April 4 in a dinner hosted by Pagcor-Davao. The sports journalism awards is a project of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc. in partnership with San Miguel Corporation and Nestle Philippines.

3 Cheers for Davao BPO Sportfest

bposportsHere are the people behind the Aux Sports 2009 organized by the BPO Association of Davao in cooperation of ICT Davao after the opening ceremonies this morning at the People’s Park. I am at the center in red sports jacket.

3 Cheers for first, their active participation – more than 600 turned up for the 7:30 a.m. opening; 2nd, for holding the 1st sportfest among BPOs in the country (there was one held in Manila but it was organized by a telecom company not by an association); and 3rd, amazing talents at the first competition – cheer-dance contest. Watch out for youtube posts on this.

Other events lined up are basketball, lawn and table tennis, volleyball, bowling and badminton.

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Sports Council Meeting

The Davao City Sports Council, Inc. will hold its first meeting for the New Year on January 13 at 6 pm at Dencia’s Restaurant.

The Agenda includes:

Highlights of 2008

1st Quarter Activities such as the Araw ng Dabaw Sportsfest; 1st Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards;and election of the new officers in April;

Other matters are the Arafura Games in Darwin on May 9-17; Repair of the Athletic Field at the Davao City National High School and Funds for sports actvities under the ADF.

Finally, Cebu Pacific cuts surcharges

In town today in Davao are the officers of the National Halal Accreditation Board of the Philippines, Inc. They are holding a team building seminar courtesy of the Department of Trade & Industry at the Waterfront Insular Hotel starting today up to Friday.

Also in town is Consul John Rivas from Northern Territory, Australia. Darwin, capital of NT, is hosting the Arafura Games this coming May 9-17. He is set to meet officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and the city government.

Welcome to all our guests.

Thanks to ICT Davao, Inc. for a post-New Year gig last night at Riverview in Maa.

And finally, Cebu Pacific has heeded our call to remove or reduce its fuel surcharges. We have been calling for this move since oil prices started to plummet a few months back.

Cabinet men seeking Congress posts

Our New Year’s Day post is in the news today.

I would be back to my usual round of meetings starting today. At 2  pm at the Davao City Sports Council, Inc. to take up among others the 1st Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards, and at 6 pm at the Dabaw Kaisa Foundation which is spearheading the Chinese New Year celebration in the city.

During the holiday break, I learned that a number of cabinet secretaries are planning to run for congressional seats in 2010. Is this a definite sign the Palace occupant is finally giving up hope for any extension?

Hhhhmmmm.,,

Among those reportedly seeking Congress posts are Press Secretary Jess Dureza and Cabinet Secretary Bebot Bello III in the 1st District and 3rd District of Davao City, respectively; Aggie Secretary Arthur Yap in Bohol, and PMS Head Cerge Remonde in the South Cebu District.

Second Day Medal Tally

Results of medal standing on November 29, 2008:

1. Sabah 47 (23 Gold, 13 Silver, 11 Bronze)

2. Sarawak 24 (7 – 9 -8)

3. Brunei “A” 18 (6 – 6 – 6)

4. South Sulawesi 24 (5 – 9 – 10)

5. Palawan 16 (5 – 5 – 6)

6. Mindanao 14 (5 – 5 – 4)

7. Northern Territory 4 (2 – 1 – 1)

8. Central Sulawesi 11 (1 – 5 -5)

9. Papua 4 (1 – 2 -1)

10. Brunei “B” 3 (0 – 2 – 1)

11. Labuan 3 (0 – 0 – 3)

12. South Kalimantan 1 (0 – 0 – 1)

13. West Papua 1 (0 – 0 – 1)