• COA berates PSC for poor maintenance of facilities

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    Many equipment and facilities in different sports venues of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) are defective and damaged according to a 2013 audit report of the Commission on Audit (COA).

    The audit team inspected the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Malate, Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

    The report said that the condition posed as safety/security hazards to the athletes and may prejudice their performance in their respective field of competitions because of its adverse effects on their trainings and physical/health conditions.

    “With the PSC mandate coupled with the sufficient financial resources, it is unfortunate that this scenario is prevailing and remains un-acted in spite of the clamor of the concerned athletes and persons-in-charge of the said equipment and facilities,” the auditors said.

    According to the audit report, the PSC received a total amount of P626,563,565.99, a share from the 2013 income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

    The amount was an additional budget for the purchase and repairs of sports equipment and facilities.

    The PSC commented that natural calamities such as floods hinder the renovation of RMSC facilities and the agency instead opted to improve first those at Philsports.

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