By Kyle Encarnacion
MANILA — Ada Milby has been elected president of Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) while former president Rick Santos will now carry on with his role as board member and secretary-general.
Other elected officers during the Annual General Meeting of the PRFU were Steve Payne (Trustee for Sponsorship), Tim Kong (Trustee for Performance), and Max Stewart (Trustee for Competitions).
William Bailey was re-elected as Vice President and Treasurer, and Jaime Urquijo adviser on Development, Sponsorship, and Business Administration.
The PRFU held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 15 December in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Philippine government.
The meeting was convened using Zoom technology allowing participants from across the archipelago to join.
The meeting was chaired by Jake Letts, PRFU Chief Executive Officer, and attended by representatives of 15 senior clubs and schools along with the 7 incumbent Board Trustees and PRFU staff and volunteers.
The meeting was also attended by Valeriano “Bones” Floro representing the Philippine Olympic Committee, Commissioner Charles Maxey of the Philippine Sports Commission, and Ghaith Jalajel from Asia Rugby – all key stakeholders and supporters of Philippine Rugby.
Rick Santos, Ada Milby and Jake Letts represented Philippine Rugby in the 2019 World Rugby Awards night where then PRFU president Santos made the opening address and thanked everyone involved in Philippine rugby for their efforts during what has been a challenging but successful year.
Santos went on to confirm that his Presidency would end at the conclusion of the meeting having served the maximum term of 8 continuous years in that role.
Since 2013, Santos has been at the helm of what has become one of the most successful National Sports Associations in the country.
During that time, the national teams have delivered multiple medals from regional games, qualified for the Rugby World Cup 7s and the Hong Kong 7s, and dominated Division1 in the Asian 5 Nations – all of this was capped with the 2019 South East Asian Games on home soil, with the men taking gold and the women silver in one of the most successful campaigns in PRFU history.
In addition to the focus on national teams, Santos has also championed rugby development, focusing on schools, grassroots and women’s programs.
Santos will continue his role as a Board member and was unanimously elected to the role of Secretary General of PRFU for the year 2021.
Ada Milby was groomed for the position at the helm of PRFU and unanimously elected by her fellow trustees.
Following the meeting, Milby commented: “Rick has led the PRFU through a journey of transformation to professionalize the Union and build successful national programs. It’s this level of professionalism that has ensured the stability of the Union during this very challenging year of the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m thankful that Rick will continue to serve in the capacity of Sec Gen as it will truly take a team to get through these difficult times and his wisdom will continue to be an essential asset to Philippine Rugby. Rick is also now a member of the Development Committee of Asia Rugby and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build our local programs.” (AI/MTVN)