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November 8, 2013

DepEd: All systems go for ASEAN schools golf tourney

It is all systems go for the ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) Golf Championship to be hosted by the Philippines in November. This activity aims to further “cement the bond of sportsmanship and cultural exchange among student-athletes in South East Asia.” 

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that all the necessary preparations and logistic support to ensure the smooth conduct of the annual ASG are in place. 

“We are confident that we can successfully host this event with the full support of our partners from the government and the private sector.”
 
DepEd, the Philippine agency overseeing the ASEAN sports meet, has recently inked an agreement with the International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) Foundation to co-manage the staging of the golf leg of the region-wide sporting event.

The ASG Golf Championship will be held on November 25 to 29 at the Splendido Taal Golf Club. The governing council of the ASG has recently held a Chef-de-Mission meeting at the venue to check the on-going preparations and clarify any concerns.

This early, the delegation from Thailand has expressed appreciation for the preparations being put in place.” The golf venue is beautiful, the food, the hotel and hospitality are all very good.”

Another Thai delegate said: “The golf course has strong winds unlike in my country that is why I believe this is going to be an exciting tournament.”

Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, who is directly in charge of tournament preparations, said that DepEd is ready to host the event and is looking forward to hosting the full ASG next year, “This ASG golf tournament will serve as a practice run for the full ASEAN Schools Games, which the Philippines will be hosting next year.”
      
The Philippines, through DepEd, is an active member of the ASEAN Schools Sports Council, which conducts the annual ASG. It aims to enhance friendship among students around the ASEAN region and provide opportunities for school athletes to engage in sports and cultural exchange.


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