Philippine Sports Commission and Philippines National Commission for UNESCO Launch National Anti-Doping Awareness and Commitment Campaign

 

                Sports officials, athletes, coaches, and support personnel all over the Philippines came together for the National Anti-Doping Summit at UNILAB Bayanihan Hall in Mandaluyong City on 04-05 March 2015.

                Dr. Virginia A. Miralao, Secretary-General of the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO delivered the welcome address at the summit. According to her, “although the doping situation in our country is not as alarming as in more developed countries, we at the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO are committed to promote anti-doping education and prevention programmes at the national level, in order to inform young people on the moral, legal and health consequences of doping and inculcating in them sport values such as fair play, true game, and equitable competition.”

Mr. Gobinathan Nair, Director-General of  
Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization
(SEA RADO) presents on the mechanism of the World
Anti-Doping Code.

                Speakers from the fields of sports science, nutrition, psychology and medicine presented series of lectures to around 150 delegates present at the summit. The logistics of the summit was made possible by the sponsorship of United Laboratories (UNILAB).

                A workshop was held during the second day of the summit which aimed to develop a rational plan for implementing anti-doping education programs, provide tools to implement anti-doping education programs in respective settings and strategize to localize anti-doping education messages.

                The National Anti-Doping Summit is part of the ongoing National Anti-Doping Awareness and Commitment Campaign that had been launched by the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC), in partnership with the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO. The campaign was launched following the Philippines’ ratification of the 2005 International Convention against Doping in Sport through an Executive Agreement on 08 February 2010.  

Around 150 delegates from the country’s sporting community attended the two-day National Summit.

                UNESCO, together with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) facilitated the development of the first global anti-doping legal instrument, the 2005 International Convention against Doping in Sport. Through the Convention, UNESCO encourages Member-States to develop anti-doping education and prevention programmes aiming at informing young people on the moral, legal and health consequences of doping and inculcating in them sport values such as fair play, true game, and equitable competition.

                Prior to the summit, a youth essay writing and poster making competitions were conducted with the theme: “Batang Pinoy: Play true, Play clean, and Play safe.” The following questions also served as guides for the contestants:

The winning entry came from Mark Tarroza, 24 year-old artist from Marikina City.

  • How do the youth decide in a dilemma between their desire to win and to uphold sport values and rules?
  • How do the youth make the most out of themselves in creating a play true, play clean, and play fair environment?”

                Elementary and high school students all over the Philippines were invited to join the competition through the campaign’s Facebook page: Youth for Anti-Doping in Sport-Philippines. The competition ran from 11 December 2014 until 20 February 2015. Top three winners of these competitions were awarded during the National Anti-Doping Summit (04 March) with certificates, cash prize, and tokens. Smart Sports sponsored P 10,000, P 8,000, P 6,000 and P 1,000 cash prizes for the 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and consolation winners respectively.

   

The winners of the Essay Writing Competition are: Keirth France Manio (1st place), Trisha Madelo (2nd place) and Hazel Papagayo (3rd place). Angelo Atanas (4th place), Jessie Paolo Garcia (5th place) and Arni Mendoza (6th place) won consolation prizes. The winners of the Digital Poster Making Competition are: Mark Tarroza (1st place), Mary Jo Salumbides (2nd place) and Lara Jean Salaysay (3rd place). Alvin Funelas won a consolation prize.

 

Regional component of the Campaign has also been conducted on 11 February 2015 in Tagum City for Mindanao. Furthermore, Bacolod City will host the upcoming regional summit for the Visayas on 25 March 2015. The National Anti-Doping Awareness and Commitment Campaign kicked off in April 2014 and will run until March 2015.