Sen. TG Guingona wants the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the National Sports Associations (NSAs) to focus on developing young talents for future international competitions.
Guingona underscored the need to have a solid grassroots development program as the Philippines aims to bring back its glory days in international scene especially in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games.
“First, infrastructures. One is the learning infrastructure. There’s a bill right now creating a sports high school. Education should revolve around the sports. We need to have a solid program,” Guingona said.
“The other one is our infrastructure for sports. How many track ovals, how many football fields do we have? Sports can be used as a tool. A tool for foreign diplomacy. It can solve problem that politicians create,” he added.
Guingona also stressed transparency to ensure that the government funds are well spent.
“Maraming problema sa sports ngayon na hindi nabibigyan ng pansin. Kailangan priority dito ang mga atleta dahil sila ang lumalaban. Naibibigay ba ang mga pangangailangan nila? Kailangan natin itong tutukan.
“If we need to have a special audit, ire-request natin sa Commission on Audit para masiguro na ang government funds ay nagagastos ng tama. Kailangan ng transparency,” Guingona said.
This year, the Philippines will be competing in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.
So far, there are five qualified athletes in the roster. They are Eric Shauwn Cray of athletics, Kirstie Elaine Alora of tae kwon do, Ian Larriba of table tennis, and Charly Suarez and Rogen Ladon of boxing.
“We have a lot of talents in our country. All we need is a solid sports program for our athletes,” he ended.