THE Philippine Sports Commission held its third installment of the Children's Games on Saturday in Iligan City for the benefit of the evacuees from Marawi City who were affected by a terrorist group's siege exactly two months ago.
Hundreds of evacuees at the Buru-un School of Fisheries aged 12 years old and below were the beneficiaries in the first of a two-day event on Saturday as they were taught the basics of volleyball and football by volunteers from Mindanao State University-Marawi.
Another set of children also played parlor games to the delight of their parents who also attended the affair.
The project is an initiative of PSC chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez and Philippine Sports Institute deputy director Dr. Henry Daut as it seeks to help the victims of the Marawi siege through sports.
"We coordinated with the DSWD. Aside from their counselling, kailangan din namin tumulong just to give them fun and enjoyment through sports kasi dumaan sila sa gulo. It's not really a competition but having them enjoy for two days," said PSC commissioner Charles Maxey, who represented Ramirez in the event.
Maxey also added the sports equipment that was used in the event will also be donated to the victims so they can continue playing at the evacuation center once the Children's Games in Iligan is finished.
The first staging of the Children's Games was held in Davao City last May while the second edition was held in La Trinidad, Benguet last week.
The event continues on Sunday as sports and Larong Pinoy like Maria went to town, sack race, relay, and kadang-kadang will also be played in order to instill discipline and team spirit to the kids.