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Lamitan banks on sports to boost development

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The local government of Lamitan City under the leadership of Mayor Rose Furigay and Vice Mayor Oric Furigay recognizes the importance of sports as they actively engaged in some programs, projects and activities related to sports development.

Recently, Lamitan City hosted the ARMM Regional Games with delegates coming from Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan.

Welcoming the delegates, Mayor Rose Furigay said that Lamitan City is overwhelmed in hosting the first ever ARMM Regional Games which was participated by neighboring provinces and cities under the autonomous region.

Mayor Furigay said that hosting this first historic event brought pride to Lamiteños and to all Basileños in general.

"We take this as an opportunity to share what Lamitan City is today—peaceful, developing, and engaging, to our brothers, and sisters in ARMM," the mayor said.

Moreover, Philippine Sports Commissioner Celia Kiram who also attended the opening of the said event emphasized the importance of sports in nation building.

She acknowledged that Mindanaoans are known as best in sports. She recalled that the best swimmers before were those from Sulu and the best volleyball players were from Tawi-Tawi. She, however, said that today only, the privileged few make it to the national team if parents can afford to send their children for training.

Encouraging all participants to continue engaging themselves in sports, the Commissioner urged all parents to support their children to participate in sports development activities and programs.

She, however, underscored the role of stakeholders; particularly the local government units (LGUs) to release their budget in sports that can help solve the problems of drugs, poor health and criminality.

The City Government of Lamitan through the efforts of Mayor Rose Furigay and VM Oric Furigay brought the Best Players of Rain or Shine PBA team, Jay Washington, Jireh Ibanes, and the two-time MVP Champion James Yap.

The presence of these sports stars boosts the city’s tourism and development. A lot of infrastructure projects has mushroomed that elevated the city’s capacity to host big events.

The 3,000-seater FIBA standard City Gymnasium, the First of its kind in the entire ARMM region was also inaugurated in Lamitan City. (by: Rene V. Carbayas/PIA9-Basilan with reports from Nilda Delos Reyes)




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