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UP Track & Field varsity team gets support from Runnex


(From left to right, seated) Atty. Rowena S. Disini, Atty. Rodolfo B. Fernandez, Mr. Artemio F. Disini, Runnex Chairman Francisco C. Cayetano Jr., UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, UP CHK Dean Ronualdo Dizer and Mr. Ruben Trinidad, together with (from left to right, standing) Mr. Harry Contreras, Mr. Junjun Andallo, Mr. Gerardo Manlapaz, Mr. Emilio De Quiros Jr., UP Track and Field coaches Antonio Potenciano and Jose William Ortiz, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Ronald S. Banzon and Office of Extension Coordination director Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo in a commemorative photo session after the MOA signing ceremony at the Balay Tsanselor on July 11.

(July 12)—The Executive Runners Club Philippines, Inc. (Runnex) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) on July 11 to actively support the University’s Sports Development Program.

It aims to promote sports and fitness activities for the health and general well-being of the University’s faculty, students and staff as well as to support the needs of the UP Track and Field Varsity Team.

The MOA was signed by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma and Francisco C. Cayetano Jr., Runnex chairman and president, together with Atty. Rodolfo B. Fernandez, Runnex board consultant and BPI Family Savings Bank vice president, and Artemio F. Disini, Runnex chairman emeritus and Chamber of Mines of the Philippines chairman.

Runnex is a non-stock corporation organized in April 1983 mainly by UP alumni and faculty members. Through the MOA, Runnex agrees to provide the track and field team with “athletic uniforms, scholarship grants, meal and travel allowances, and otherwise financial assistance for food and lodging, medicines and rehabilitation services to enhance their team competitiveness in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.”

The University, for its part, shall grant the Runnex club “the privilege of conducting its regular Sunday morning Running Clinics in the UP Diliman campus, subject to University policies, rules and regulations on, specifically but not limited to, the use of the University premises, utilities and security matters.”

The agreement is valid for one year and may be renewed under terms and conditions mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Witnesses to the MOA signing were Prof. Ronualdo U. Dizer, UP College of Human Kinetics dean, and Atty. Rowena S. Disini, Runnex secretary and board member.

Also present were Dr. Ronald S. Banzon, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Antonio Potenciano Jr., head coach of the UP Track and Field Varsity Team; and Jose William Ortiz, coach of the college-level track and field team.

From the Runnex contingent, among those present were its board members and officials, namely, Gerardo Manlapaz (Executive Vice President for External Affairs), Junjun Andallo (Assistant Treasurer), Angelito Duran (Board Member), Harry Contreras (Board Member); and its members Emilio De Quiros Jr. and UP alumnus Ruben Trinidad (member emeritus).

The event, hosted by the Office of the Chancellor, was held at the newly refurbished Balay Tsanselor. The program's master of ceremonies was Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, Office of Extension Coordination director. —H.C.P.