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Friday, February 27, 2015

Mayor Pulmones: Unity and solidarity key to ZamPen’s development

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – “The spirit of regional unity and solidarity is the most important and powerful ingredient for the development of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region,” Mayor Romeo Pulmones said on Wednesday in his welcome message during the opening program of the Zamboanga Peninsula Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Meet 2015 at the city’s sports complex here.

“We have to consolidate and unite under one spirit so we will remember our tradition, our memories, our legacies and our respect for human dignity in this most disturbing time of our political history,” he said.

The chief executive reminded the athletes that “it is not a matter of winning, but how you play the game in the true spirit of sportsmanship and fair play that counts most.”

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles in his keynote message challenged the athletes, coaches and technical officials to do their best, as he lamented that in last year’s Palarong Pambansa in Laguna, region came home with no gold medal in all the events it participated.

“This is a challenge for all of us, from nothing to something,” Cerilles said, reminding the sports and technical officials to be fair in order to select “the best among the best among the athletes in the region.”

Anchored on the theme, “ZAMPEN: Go in Unity and Solidarity for Excellence,” eight athletic delegations from the five cities of Isabela, Dapitan, Dipolog, Zamboanga and Pagadian, and the three provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur with almost six thousand athletes, coaches, chaperons and other officials came to participate in this year’s regional athletic competitions.

Dr. Malcolm S. Garma, OIC-regional director of the Department of Education (DepED)-9 officially declared Wednesday the ZPRAA Meet 2015 open.