Bike For Hope Davao registration venues bared

Registration for the much-anticipated Bike For Hope Davao formally opens on Thursday at designated venues in Davao City and Davao del Norte.

Organizers bared the designated registration areas as Maa Shell Gasoline Station and My Hotel in Davao City and PGO Sports Development Program Office in Davao del Norte. Registration begins today until early Saturday before the race although organizers advise the participants to register early.

Registration forms are also available at PGO-Davao del Norte Sports Office, Holiday Spa, Metro Lifestyle and Fitness Center, My Hotel and Shell Maa.

Senator Pia Cayetano will lead the bikers in this 100-kilometer trek this Saturday from Shell Maa to the Provincial Capitol in Davao del Norte passing through Panabo City, Carmen, Sto. Tomas, Kapalong, Asuncion and Tagum City. Other notable riders joining this bike for a cause spearheaded by the Companero Rene Cayetano Foundation are Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, tirathletes George Vilog and Annie De Leon.

The 8th edition of the Bike For Hope is supported by Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario, Provincial Sports Coordinator Anthony Del Rosario, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, AGR Kids Sports Development Program, Davao City Sports coordinator Bong Go, JYY Truckshop Shell Station dealer Daisy Jane Cimafranca, Allied Shell Station Panabo dealer Dawn Jeanette Cimafranca.

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Chairman Ramirez to run for public office

Reports say that PSC chairman Butch Ramirez is running for either barangay captain, councilor or congressman in Davao City.

After 10 years in the national sports agency, Ramirez is coming home.

If he wins in 2010, his experience in the PSC will be a very big asset to the sports development efforts of the local government.

Former Manila congressman Harry Angping is replacing Ramirez as the new chairman on Feb.2.

RP consul Rivas drums up Arafura Games participation

Philippine consul-general in the Northern Territory John Rivas has started drumming up for participation of Davao athletes and officials to the 2009 Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia.

On Wednesday’s press conference, Rivas said it is time again to re-establish linkages with Davao City not only in the area of sports but also in trade.

“It would be good to touch base again,” the consul said.

There has been participation by Davao that started during the third term of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte in 1997 to the Arafura Games but more follow-ups should be done in order for the two countries to build a better linkage.

Councilor Peter Lavina finds the visit of consul Rivas and his wife Edna very significant because this will again open doors to negotiations in sports, tourism and trade exchanges.

“Hopefully, this will be sustained,” said Lavina citing the initial work for the linkages during the start of the BIMP-EAGA initiatives by President Fidel V. Ramos and the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Davao City captured a gold medal in walkathon courtesy of Edwin Alejaga of the University of Mindanao during its first participation and brought home medals in boxing in 1999 and 2001. The Ateneo de Davao University basketball team also took part in the Arafura Games.

Rivas and his wife will be paying a courtesy call to Vice Mayor Sara Z. Duterte on Thursday afternoon to further discuss the Arafura Games and the plans for trade exchanges.

Rivas said the Arafura Games is accredited by the International Olympic Committee and held every two years since 1991.

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez suggested to Councilors Susabel Reta, Rachel Zozobrado and Lavina to choose their best athletes that will be sent for action.

“The best should be sent, because the City of Davao will be spending a lot of money for the trip and we don’t want to see our athletes being beaten by a wide margin during the contest,” said Ramirez, who led the first Davao City delegation to the Games in 1997.

ABAP to set up training centers of excellence

ABAP president Ricky Vargas said they are planning to put up regional training centers of excellence in amateur boxing to get the best boxers and eventually send more fighters to the upcoming Olympics.

On Thursday’s consulation meeting in Davao City, Vargas said that they are in Davao to listen to the concerns of Southern Mindanao amateur boxing officials and to soon put up a rating system to know the exact rankings of the amateur fighters.

“Once we set up the training centers, we will expect our boxers to perform,” said Vargas.

North Cotabato vice governor Manny Pinol suggested to Vargas to help the Mindanao boxing leaders in terms of equipment, to recognize the true boxing leaders in Mindanao and to keep Mindanao’s best fighters in their areas for training.

“Why bring them to Baguio for training? It’s best to train them here,” said Pinol citing that their boxers are close with the family and can be easily monitored.

The Barangay Una Boxing Program of Tony Boy Floirendo became a success in Panabo City by providing their fighters board and lodging and monitoring them in their studies. The program resulted to winning the
youth championships of the ABAP. Gene Rose Tecson, Floirendo’s chief of staff, said that Floirendo is willing to spend money as long as there is a clear program for amateur boxing specially in the training of coaches.

Pinol said that they are always willing to help Vargas and the ABAP officials but cautioned not to repeat what happened to them in the past that the ABAP has became a burden to them.

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez escorted Vargas to the Davao City boxing gym prior to the consultation to meet with Davao’s outstanding fighters and their coaches.

Ramirez, who was named ABAP Board of Trustee for Davao Region, said that the Davao officials will also have their chance to air their concerns and find a solution to their concerns during the ABAP Congress on January 22 in Bacolod City.