PALAYAN CITY – PREDA Foundation of Olongapo City garnered the first runner-up overall champion in the recently-concluded 14th Regional Association of DSWD Licensed NGOs and Institutions (READLANI) of Central Luzon Sports Festival 2011 held here, Apr. 13-15.
Anchored on the theme, “Pagkakaisa’y Ipadama sa Taunang Palaro ng READLANI, Tayo’y Sama-sama,” the annual sports festival is aimed at concretely forging and strengthening the partnership between centers and institutions for the physical and mental development of the clientele they are mandated to serve.
The event, which was participated in by some 907 disadvantaged children and youth from the non-government organizations and residential facilities of the DSWD Region III, also aim to foster camaraderie and develop unity among the children and youth of the region.
An opening program which was highlighted by the Cheerdance Competition commenced the three-day sports festival wherein the Nueva Ecija Home for Girls (NEHFG) emerged as champion while PREDA Foundation and Haven Pampanga, landed at second and third places respectively.
On the first night, a Showcase of Talent was held, in which the children and youth presented variety of performances including dance, song, and skit presentations.
The Cultural Night was held on the second night wherein the participating agencies competed for the best in folk dancing.
The Nazareth Home in Bulacan garnered the first place while PREDA Foundation ranked second followed by Haven Pampanga in third.
The sports events are categorized in beginner (below 10), midget (10-12), junior (13-16) and senior (17-20) category and subdivided in girls and boys division.
Among the sports events were basketball, volleyball, track and field, marathon, sepak takraw, relay and board games including dama, chess and scrabble.
There was also Laro ng Lahi which include sipit bao, kadang kadang and tug of war.
The announcement and awarding of winners capped the last day’s event which was held at the Palayan City Oval complex.
Special awards were given to Niños Pag-Asa Center and Amor Village, King’s Garden received the Sportsmanship award while Room 101 of PREDA Foundation received the Most Organized Room special award.
In the ranking for girl centers, NEHFG ranked first while Haven and Tarlac Home for Girls placed second and third respectively.
For the boy centers, the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) garnered the first place while Tarlac Lingap Center landed in second.
For the overall-championship, King’s Garden Children’s Home in Bataan emerged as champion, PREDA Foundation garnered the first runner-up while Save the Soul (SOS) Children’s Village in Mariveles, Bataan nipped the second runner-up.
PREDA Foundation delegation is composed of some 169 children, youth and staff from CFC Girls, CFC Boys and AKBAY youth organization.
The said regional sports activity was spearheaded by the READLANI officers headed by its president, Ms. Araceli Menor, executive director of Niños Pag-Asa Center in Olongapo City.