PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Mindanao hosts BIMP-EAGA Friendship RunCAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, January 5 -- Runners from all across the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) are set to compete in Marathon Friendship Run slated on January 12, 2012 in General Santos City.
According to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), which is organizing the event, BIMP-EAGA countries will each have a team of six runners, four males and two females, for the 42-km marathon.
Thousand of local runners from General Santos and Mindanao are likewise expected to take part in the 3k, 5k, and 10k fun runs that will be open to both men and women athletes.
“The Philippines is honored to host the BIMP-EAGA Friendship Run as we endeavor to strengthen our relations within the sub-region through sports development,” said Sec. Luwalhati Antonino, Mindanao Development Authority chair and EAGA Signing Minister.
She added that senior sports officials and heads of delegations from the four countries are coming to Mindanao, bringing with them their teams of runners and athletes for the friendly run along the stretch of General Santos City to Alabel, Sarangani and back.
“The BIMP-EAGA Marathon Friendship Run officially launches the 7th BIMP EAGA Friendship Games of 2012, which will be discussed in a special meeting by all ministers and delegation heads next week,” PSC Chair Ritchie Garcia bared.
He added that this year’s 7th BIMP EAGA Friendship Games are tentatively scheduled in December and will be jointly hosted by General Santos City and theProvince of Sarangani.
The BIMP-EAGA delegates will be welcomed by Gen. Santos City Mayor Darlene R. Antonino-Custodio and Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene A. Dominguez, along with international boxing champ and Sarangani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
The BIMP-EAGA is an economic cooperation formally created in 1994 covering the border areas of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines with the goal of spawning increased investments, trade, and tourism within this sub-region of the ASEAN.
It specifically covers the island economies of island economies of Brunei; North, Central, South and Southeast Sulawesi, Central, East, West and South Kalimantan, Maluku and Irian Jaya in Indonesia; Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan in Malaysia; and Mindanao and Palawan in the Philippines. (MinDA)