Breaking the chain of corruption in Philippine Sports

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SUSAN PAPA

(First part)
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) headed by its founding chairman Dante Jimenez hosted an event in cooperation with the Van­guard of Philippine Constitution, Inc. (VPCI), an Anti-Corruption Summit held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on November 27 to 28, 2017.

I was invited to be the presenter with regards to Philippine sports corruption during the summit, with the support of Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Chairman Anna Dominique Coseteng.

I would like to share my presentation to enlighten each and everyone in the sports community and perhaps, it may reach President Rodrigo R. Duterte and other government officials who are involved in Philippine sports.

I would like to point out that the problem in Philippine sports has been persistent and has turned from bad to worse for the past 27 years since the creation of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in 1990.


I would like to spread the Urgency and Importance of Instructional Structure under RA 6847, which crushes the dreams of young Filipino athletes because of corruption.

As a foreword, I hope that my presentation will help us understand what corruption does to Philippine sports and the urgent need to break that vicious chain of corruption that has paralyzed the growth and development of Philippine sports for long, long years.

My presentation focused on five areas: 1. INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE and KEY PLAYERS IN THE PHILIPPINE SPORTS PROGRAM; 2. STATE OF PHILIPPINE SPORTS: SOME HARD FACTS AND SAD REALITIES; 3. ANATOMY OF GRAFT AND CORRUPTION IN PHILIPPINE SPORTS; 4. BREAKING THE CHAIN OF CORRUPTION: URGENT CALL FOR CHANGE; and 5. OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE.

The diagram illustrates the institutional structure and key players in the Philippines created under RA 6847 or the Philippine Sports Commission where we have as key players, the PSC, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the National Sports Association (NSA). Pareho pong private organizations ang POC at NSA.

We have R.A. 10588 or the Palarong Pambansa Act of 2013 creating the Palarong Pambansa Board composed of Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government and Chairman of the PSC, which include the organization of the Regional Athletics Association.

We also have the sports club and independent National Sports Association like the Philippine Swimming League.

The focus of my presentation will focus on – the institutional structure created under RA 6847 – and I have two reasons: URGENCY and IMPORTANCE.

URGENCY, because the problem in Philippine Sports has been so persistent and consistent that it has turned from bad to worse over the past twenty-seven (27) years since the PSC was created in 1990.

IMPORTANCE, because the concern has the most impact in the future directions of Philippine sports and will affect the lives and dreams of our young Filipino athletes. Buhay na buhay pa po ang mga batang atleta pero pinapatay na ang mga pangarap.

By way of background, below are the major international competitions to which the Philippines is a participant.

Southeast Asian (SEA) Games: the participants are the eleven (11) countries of Southeast Asia

ASIAN Games: there are about 45 participating countries

Olympic Games: there are 206 participating countries

THE PHILIPPINE PERFORMANCE IN SEA GAMES:
Let me now show you the performance of the Philippines since 1990, which will tell us that it has gone from bad to worse.

In the SEA Games, the Philippines has been reaping fewer gold medals Philippines. In 1991, when the Philippines was the host country, we had 91 gold medals. In 2005, again the Philippines hosted, we got 113 gold medals but in 2007, the country only got 41 gold medals. In 2017, we got 24 gold medals.

Dismal performance in Olympics.

We have not won any gold medals ever since we joined the Olympics in 1924. Since 1992 and 1996 Olympics, we got silver medal from Boxing by Onyok Velasco, but up to now he has not gotten his incentive from the government.

After 20 long years, the Philippines again got a silver medal courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics.

(To be continued)

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