The Marawi Campus of Mindanao State University (MSU) awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities to the President of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Butch Ramirez for his contribution to the Mindanao Sports for Peace movement.
The award was presented Thursday at the MSU Convention Center in Lanao del Sur during the university’s 60th anniversarye celebration of the anniversary of the foundation.
“You have touched the hearts of many. On behalf of the entire MSU System community, we honor the unwavering support you have given to our institution, ”said Habib Macaayong, President of MSU System, who led the award of the academic recognition.
Also present at the ceremony were Executive Vice President Rasid Paca, Vice President Academic Affairs Dr. Alma Berowa and Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Alizedney Ditucalan.
Two months after the siege of Marawi in 2017, the PSC has assisted over 300 displaced children in Brgy. Buru-un in Iligan City to organize children’s games. The PSC returned and brought the program inside MSU to over 500 children across town.
Thanks to the PSC, more than 20,000 children in Marawi have played.
“I am honored by the privilege of esteem bestowed upon me today with this award of an honorary doctorate in the humanities by this prestigious and respected educational institution,” said Ramirez in his acceptance speech. .
The agency chief said President Rodrigo Duterte made it clear to him, when he took office, to bring sport to the periphery.
“Although Marawi is not on the periphery, it is an urban society beset by the grim realities of conflict. That is why we have continued to support this city, rehabilitating the MSU Track Oval into an Olympic-standard facility and helping to accelerate the development of the sport, we hope to boost people’s morale and inspire inspiration among young people by through sport.
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