MANILA – The Marawi Campus of the State University of Mindanao (MSU) conferred an honorary doctorate in humanities on the President of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) William “Butch” Ramirez for his contribution to the Mindanao Sports for Peace at the MSU Convention Center, Lanao del Sur as the university celebrates its 60th founding anniversary on Wednesday.
MSU System President Habib Macaayong led the award of academic recognition to Ramirez, along with Executive Vice President Rasid Paca, Vice President Academic Affairs Dr. Alma Berowa and Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Alizedney Ditucalan.
“You have touched the hearts of many. On behalf of the entire MSU System community, we honor your unwavering support for our institution, ”said Macaayong.
“I am honored by the privilege of esteem bestowed upon me today by the award of an honorary doctorate in human sciences by this prestigious and respected educational institution. I thank the meadows. Macaayong and all of Mindanao State University for recognizing our efforts and contributions to the university and the Mindanao Sports for Peace movement, ”Ramirez said in his acceptance speech.
Ramirez 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, ”Ramirez said.
Just two months after the siege of Marawi in 2017, the PSC has assisted over 300 displaced children in Brgy. Buru-un in the town of Iligan, to lead the UNESCO-recognized PSC project, Children’s Games. The following year, the agency returned and introduced the program inside MSU to over 500 children across town.
Thanks to the PSC, more than 20,000 children from Marawi to the coastal islands of Limasawa have taken part in sports. Ramirez assured that he would continue to reach more places, even in the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“I am indebted to you and to the country for continuing to work on the development of sport and our youth,” he said.
Ramirez is expected to return to Marawi for the official unveiling of the newly rehabilitated MSU Track Oval next month. (RP)