Younghusband Football Academy now Pag-ibig member

May 21, 2012 10:36 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, MAY 21 -— Mindful of the welfare and well-being of the staff members in their newly-set up football school, Philippine Azkals frontliners, James and Phil Younghusband, have registered them with the governmental Pag-IBIG Fund, it was learned.

The Younghusband brothers, of British-Filipino parentage, had established their Younghusband Football Academy Inc. in 2010, with the hope of training young Filipino enthusiasts into making the Philippines a competitive football country.

By registering with a score of staff members, the Younghusbands said they could benefit from the Fund’s programs.

The Pag-IBIG, or Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) is an effective savings scheme that is also mandated to use its funds to provide members with low-interest personal and even housing loans.

”We wanted our staff to have the opportunity to avail of a housing loan in the future, while saving at the same time. We’re proud to be Pag-IBIG members,” Phil said.

Phil added that when the academy’s Board of Directors learned of the benefits that could accrue to the staff, “they quickly approved our membership (into Pag-ibig).”

The Younghusband Football Academy, Inc. also provides free trainings for less privileged youth who want to learn the sport. It partners with such institutions as the Gawad Kalinga and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in conducting free football clinics.

The brothers play for the Philippine Azkals, which has had high-profile challenger-wins against established overseas football teams.

At a recent practice session of the Academy in Alabang, Phil and James hosted Makati III officers that included Paul Solidum, Nadia Taboy, Olivia Zerrudo, and Erlinda Francisco

Academy’s directors, Mary Catherine Rivilla, Ma. Cristina Agcaoili Palacios, and Jesus Durian, were also present. (PNA) LAM/GJB

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