MANILA – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chief William "Butch" Ramirez bared during the start of the PSC’s Directional Meeting yesterday that the board shall continue the conduct of the Indigenous Games in more areas around the country.
Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, oversight commissioner for the Indigenous Games, proposed the institutionalization of the project by making it a regular item in the annual plans and programs of the agency. This was outrightly approved by the members of the board who were all present during the meeting.
“The law mandates us to nurture our culture. This is a perfect way to merge sports and culture,” Ramirez said, citing the late Mona Sulaiman, a Cotabato native who made her mark in athletics during the 60’s, Bana Sailani – a Badjao who won bronze in three Asian Games and Igorot Jason Balabal who is a Southeast Asian Games gold medalist as among Filipino athlete achievers from different indigenous people (IP) groups.
The first event of the Indigenous Games’ 2018 edition will be held in Mindanao for the first quarter of the year. Events in Visayas and Luzon will follow in the next few quarters.
Maxey added that the Indigenous Games aims to promote the rich cultural heritage of indigenous people as well as preserve their traditional sports and games.
The games was held last year in Ifugao as part of the gender equality program of the PSC under the Office of Commissioner Celia Kiram. (PR)