“Once again, our athletes have done us proud. They are our heroes and remain our source of pride and inspiration.
Our athletes carry the flag with them as they represent the entire nation in their respective fields, and for this they deserve support from every Filipino. Each one of us has a stake in their success. And our athletes flourish when given adequate support both by government and the private sector.
But while our athletes bring glory to the county, sports also provides the opportunity for most of them to break personal and economic barriers.
We should therefore encourage stronger partnerships between government and the private sector in sports, from infrastructure development to the training of our athletes. Government should give priority to building a grassroots sports development program anchored on partnership with the private sector to ensure that athletes from the provinces with potential will also have the chance to be discovered and trained.
My sincerest greetings to our SEA Games athletes.”
STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT