PSC donates school supplies to Davao IPs

Subscribe Now April 28, 2022 at 09:25am

DAVAO CITY—The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) extended its helping hand from sports to providing school supplies to youth and students during the pandemic.

But the beneficiaries were special and unique—indigenous youngsters.

PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey turned over the PSC’s donations—450 pieces of native tinalak backpacks, 200 pieces of abaca shoulder bags, 400 t-shirts, 200 pieces of bamboo notebooks, 200 pieces of bamboo ballpens, 200 pieces of customized towels and three pieces of agong—to Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Councilor Peg-Buyyahon Rodolfo Mande.

The school supplies are all made of indigenous items.

The recipients were new or usual participants in sports activities organized by the PSC or its local government unit affiliates, meaning they previously received sports supplies like balls, bats, among others from the government sports agency.

Tinalak is a handwoven cloth made from abaca and is associated with the B’laan tribe as its trademark product.

The Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) of Davao received the school supplies and other merchandise items intended for the indigenous people (IP) communities in the city Thursday last week.

SDD-CMO representative Cindy Cruz witnessed the turnover at the PSC Mindanao Office in Juna Subdivision.

Maxey recalled that in 2014 when PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez was the Davao City sports chief and he was a SDD-CMO staff, they launched the tribal games which was continued by the SDD-CMO.

“This is part of the PSC’s sports for all program because the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte is to make sports available for every Filipino,” Maxey said. “Since 2016, we have been conducting the IP Games in different places but due to the pandemic it was halted.”

Hence, he said, the PSC decided that part of the IP Games budget would be used to purchase school supplies for the IP youth instead.

“We thank the City Government of Davao for honoring our intent to make this turnover of supplies happen,” Maxey said.

“I thank the tribal leaders who would receive these items, I hope these would help their communities,” he said. “Hopefully, the IP communities would be happy with this little help from the national government through the PSC.”

Councilor Mande of the Matigsalug Tribe said the donated items would be a great help to the K’lata, Matigsalug and Ovu-Manovu tribes, especially the youth.

“These items will be distributed to the tribes’ scholars as we have over 200 student scholars in different universities in Davao City,” he added.

Mande is the tribal representative to the Davao City Council.

Maxey was also set to turn over school supplies in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, for the Ata-Manobo tribe. Other turnover of school items are set in Cebu and Benguet.


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