EXPANDED PSC opens Mindanao satellite office in Davao

Philippine Sports Commission chair William ‘Butch’ Ramirez (2nd from right), together with PSC commissioner Charles Raymund Maxey (leftmost), Jimmy-lou dela Vega, Executive Director, Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) and PSC Regional Director Ed Fernandez, leads the inauguration of PSC Mindanao Office at DACS compound, Juna Subd., Matina, Davao City on Friday. Lean Daval Jr

It was nearly three years ago when the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) planned to have a satellite office in Davao City, the hometown of its chairman and one of its commissioners.

Last Friday, March 15, that idea came to reality after the PSC Mindanao Office was inaugurated.

PSC’s new home is housed within the compound of the Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) in Champaca Street, Juna Subdivision in Matina.

With this development, PSC has set up its own headquarters in Luzon, Visayas and now in Mindanao. PSC’s main office is located in Pasig City while the next one is somewhere in Cebu City.

Meanwhile, no less than the PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez along with commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, Dacs executive director Jimmie-Loe P. Dela Vega and PSC Mindanao cluster head Eduardo Fernandez presided over the inauguration which came after the spiritual blessing of San Lorenzo Parish priest Reverend Fr. Joel C. Caasi. Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo also graced the simple ceremony.

The putting of Mindanao Office, said Ramirez, was finally pushed through as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte, who wants to put Mindanao at the center of the program.

“Our activities will be centered in Mindanao focusing on sports for peace because if we have children exposed in activities relating to peace, it’s easy for them to make peace when they grow up,” the PSC chairman said.

Ramirez added that sports is an effective vehicle for promoting understanding, friendship, fellowship and discipline among children.

For the remaining three years of Ramirez’s term as a chairman, he said he will be focusing his time for Mindanao.

Although PSC, according to Ramirez, will not provide the equipment or finance the entire sports program of Mindanao but more of to inspire, nurture and provide partnership. “We are here to provide coaches education, consultative meetings and continue the Mindanao Friendship Games which we conducted in 2016 and 2017,” he said.