THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) are taking their partnership beyond sports.
The two bodies on Friday agreed to enhance the country’s agriculture program particularly in the provinces badly affected by super-typhoon Yolanda.
The partnership that will primarily help farmers in Samar and Leyte was formally sealed through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed by POC president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco and OCA counterpart Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait in a brief but meaningful ceremony at the Sofitel Hotel over the weekend.
‘We agreed to help out in this particular endeavor (agriculture) since we’re not just rebuilding the area (Samar and Leyte), but providing livelihood for the people,” said Cojuangco shortly after the MoA signing that was witnessed by POC officials led by vice president Joey Romasanta and OCA dignitaries, who are here in the country for Saturday’s general assembly of the Asia’s Olympic governing body.
“This is a good opportunity to show our friendship,” added the 50-year Sheikh, who is also head of the Kuwait Olympic Committee and its football federation.
Both sports bodies however, refused to give details on how much it will cost to realize the program that will be made under the Kuwait-Philippine Peace and Development Foundation.
“The way we envisioned the program, it’s something that could trigger agriculture in the Philippines,” added Cojuangco, uncle of President Aquino.
Forty-five member countries of OCA are currently in the country for its regular general assembly and executive board being held in conjunction with the Centennial Asian Games Festival.
The general assembly will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center with Vice President Jejomar Binay as keynote speaker.