THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has high expectations for the 51-member Davao City-bannered Mindanao delegation for their stint in the 8th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) Friendship Games slated 6 to 10 in Labuan, Malaysia.
This was bared by MinDA Development Management Officer 5, Area Management Office South Central Mindanao Gerardo Ramon Cesar Reynaldo along with MinDA executive director Undersecretary Janet M. Lopoz, CESO and head of delegation Goldie Delvo during a send-off press conference for the athletes and coaches organized by the MinDA at their office Wednesday morning.
"We have a lot of expectations to meet and a lot of expectations to break, So we hope that together with the Palawan-delegation, we will not only settle just for the second place but for the 1st place spot," said Reynaldo, who the one coordinating with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for the event.
Reynaldo added that he believes the delegation will be successful in this year's edition of the Friendship Games, adding, "Kailangan lang magfocus ng mga athletes on their respective events. Kaya yan. Go Philippines! Go Mindanao!"
Lopoz, for her part, also gave her blessing to the athletes.
"There are other ways for you to win. You will go there in Malaysia for a mission and purpose. You were not handpicked for this event nor for a requirement. You are going there as ambassadors of Mindanao," she said.
"We were third-ranked back in the 2012 Friendship Games but this time we expect when you go home you have the medals in your hands. You should not only win the games but you should also win friends when you come back and at the same time promote Mindanao," Lopoz added.
"Good luck to everyone. Come back safe and successful from the BIMP-Eaga Games. I hope you do your level best and make Davao City proud," Reynaldo said.
Davao City is competing in five events: basketball, sepak takraw, badminton, athletics and beach volley.
The delegation was still traveling to Labuan, Malaysia as of press time Wednesday.
The Mindanao delegation hauled a total of 11 golds, 29 silvers and 21 bronzes in the 2012 BIMP-Eaga Games.