MORE THAN 150 participants in the Philippine Sports Commission’s directional meeting with officials of local government units (LGUs) of Mindanao signed Thursday a manifesto of support to the PSC as they sought the help of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s office to intercede in the full release of the five percent of PSC’s share of the income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) as mandated by law.
Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon and Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista jointly proposed the passage of the manifesto later signed by participants that included city and municipal mayors, vice-governors, provincial board members, city councilors and sports coordinators from 50 Mindanao LGUs at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites in Davao City.
The manifesto underscored the need for the full release of the five percent share of PSC from Pagcor’s income as the national sports agency aims to support the grassroots sports development program in Mindanao.
The manifesto also sought the President to revive Executive Order No. 63 issued on March 1, 1993 on the creation of Provincial, City, Municipal and Barangay Physical Fitness and Sports Development Councils (PFSDC); and EO No. 64 issued also on March 1, 1993, on the adoption of the National Policy and Program of “Sports for All” by concerned government agencies; and promote and develop sports in the grassroots level through the implementation of Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) which include talent identification, coaches education and sports science.
Mindanao LGUs, according to the manifesto, also want to have a genuine sports promotion and development program in their respective localities and adopt the mass-based and grassroots development program of the PSC for the latter to defray LGUs’ cost in sports promotion and in their participation in different national games and conduct of sports science and coaching seminars, among others, in their areas.
The PSC had been receiving only 2.5 of the five percent from Pagcor pursuant to Section 26 of the Republic Act No. 6847.
Rellon, who is also executive vice-president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, said that the five-percent share of the Pagcor annual income will enable PSC’s programs be available in the grassroots level.
“Sports development should be felt in all corners of the country,” Rellon said during the open forum with PSC officials headed by no less than Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez himself.
He also vowed to also make a similar proposal to the League of Cities of the Philippines for another possible endorsement backing PSC and requesting also the full release of the five percent of Pagcor funds to the PSC.
“The manifesto of support from the governors and the mayors is very positive for us. Our commitment is there but with lack of funds we could not bring the trained coaches to hold sports programs in all areas of Mindanao that seek community-based sports development programs,” Ramirez told sports reporters after the directional meeting.
PSC Commissioners Charles Raymond A. Maxey and Ramon Fernandez were also present during the meeting that allowed attendees to air their various concerns from funding constraints and lack of trained coaches and athletes, among others.