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DepEd backs ASEAN chessfest

The Department of Education has thrown its support to the 19th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Davao City by allowing student participants to miss their classes during the 11-day event starting on June 18.

In a memorandum sent to all its regional directors and sports officers, DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said students who will participate in the tournament will be assisted and be allowed to take special classes.

“We wish to inform you that this office fully supports the invitation to participate in this international competition,” said Umali in the same letter.

“While we can’tt disrupt classes, we will allow students who shall participate in this activity remedial classes or be provided with modules for them to learn and compensate absences during the competition period,” he added.

James Infiestio, vice president of the organizing Chess Events International, for his part, welcomed DepEd’s support.

The event, which is sanctioned by the NCFP headed by Butch Pichay and hosted by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, is open to all ASEAN players provided they are 20 years old and below.