The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the General Administration and Support Services Division (GASSD) and Policy and Plans Division (PPD) hosted the week-long Sportsfest in celebration of the department’s  66th Anniversary with theme “Sama-samang paglilingkod na may malasakit” from January 23-26, 2017 at Tebi and Sean Recreational Center.

The festivity kicks-off with a parade of the five participating teams each represented by the DSWD employees. DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo said in her message “this week is dedicated for your sportsfest. May we value the essence of the celebration with sportsmanship and trust, may we nourish our hearts with more compassion to serve the poor”.

“We may be divided by colors but we are woven by spirits. A spirit that is resilient and caring, quench by the tests of time. It is indeed manifested by transformation brought by our department that upheld the legacy for 66 years and counting”, Atty. Solamillo added.

Igniting the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie was the ceremonial lighting of the torch that saw all five colors of pink, blue, green, yellow and orange come together as one.

Among the lined-up events for the Sportsfest Week includes Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Chess, Scrabble, Dart and Domino simultaneous with Bingo Socials and Pinoy Games and also the Search for Mr. and Ms. DSWD 2017.

The department is extending its appreciation to the Drum and Lyre Corps of Tetuan Central School, and to the Zamboanga City Police Office for joining and making the parade possible.###