PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte, in his message to National Prisaa Games 2019 organizers, participants and guests, urged the athletes to inspire others with their feats.
"As you strive for victory in your respective categories, may the pride and honor you bring inspire others as well to realize their own potentials," Duterte said.
His message, which was sent to SunStar Davao Tuesday, May 21, was intended for SunStar Davao's eight-page National Prisaa Games 2019 supplement that was published Sunday, May 19, in time for the opening ceremonies.
Duterte said: "Let this annual gathering foster harmony and forge meaningful fellowships that will redound to the participants' successful endeavors outside this competition."
He also thanked the Private Schools Athletic Association for working side by side with various member-schools in harnessing the potential and in nurturing the capacity of student-athletes, trainers, coaches and other individuals in the area of physical education.
"By continuously providing platforms that foster their excellence in sports and other activities, you have paved a wider path for global competitiveness among the Filipino youth," the former Davao City mayor said.
He also said, "I trust that this gathering will not only promote sports development across the country but will also lead the way towards greater unity in our shared hope of a more dynamic young citizenry."
Duterte then wished everybody a successful event.
The National Government, through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), threw its support to the National Prisaa Games 2019 by giving a P3 million assistance for the operations and conduct of the competitions. The national sports agency also extended P300,000 to Prisaa-Davao for its hosting preparations.
SunStar Davao's coverage of the games is through major sponsors Matina Enclaves, Santos Land Development, 8890 Holdings Inc., Anflocor, Sky Cable and Pagcor and minor sponsors Aeon Luxe Properties, Davao Doctors College, GH Office Depot, Grand Land Inc., Alu Hotel, Davao Medical School Foundation, NCCC and Office of the Special Assistant to the President.