MANILA, Philippines – The Marines’ “Football for Peace” campaign has expanded from Sulu to Cotabato and Maguindanao.
The 1st Marine brigade, through the Marine battalion landing team, will be launching its leg of the peace program in Cotabato and Maguindanao on Saturday, September 1. Commanding officer Lt Col Custudio Parcon, a medal of valor awardee and football fan, will launch the program in Cotabato City.
Parcon will also open the Valor’s Cup which will have Maguindanao Rep Bai Sandra Sinsuat-Sema as guest of honor and speaker.
As many as 137 out-of-school youth, who will be trained by football instructors from Manila, will benefit from the peace program. The instructors trained 5 teachers and other Marine personnel who will help out in the program.
As of Friday, August 31, the Marines received an additional 170 soccer balls, bringing the count to 1,176 balls since Rappler launched its “Balls for Peace” campaign in support of the Marines initiative.
This leaves 824 more balls as target for the campaign. Rappler has extended the campaign, which was initially supposed to end August, to end of September. It began on July 13, 2012.
The campaign seeks to collect 2000 balls that will be distributed to young football players in war-torn Sulu in an effort to foster peace through the sport.
Lt Col Stephen Cabanlet, who was among those who initiated the program in Sulu, said 200 balls out of the 1,176 donated so far, were sent to Cotabato and Maguindanao. – Rappler.com