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PSI earns UNESCO attention

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By NICK GIONGCO

The efforts by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to reach out to the grassroots level has gotten the attention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), according to national training director Marc Velasco.

Velasco, head of the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI), the PSC’s brainchild, said the Unesco’s awareness of the government agency’s programs should step up with the holding of a youth and sports workshop on sustainable development goals at the Philsports in Pasig.

“UNESCO has recognized the Philippines as the first country to implement the Kazan Action Plan, which uses sports as a tool for peace,” said Velasco, who attended the official UNESCO function in Russia last July.

The three-day seminar is actually being attended by UNESCO officials from its Southeast Asian bureau.

Velasco notes that the PSC’s Children’s Games for Peace held in war-torn Marawi City a few months back didn’t escape the Unesco as the PSC did it in the spirit of camaraderie.

Children from Muslim and Catholic backgrounds played alongside each other, a rarity given their differences.

PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez has made inroads in the pursuit for peace as instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Sports can be an effective tool for peace,” said Ramirez.

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