Some rich countries like South Korea and Japan have promised to help the Philippines strengthen its conditioning and skills development programs for the national athletes.
“Countries like Japan and Korea will help us improve the athletes’ strength and conditioning programs. This is a great opportunity for the Filipinos since they are also willing to send us foreign coaches in any sports,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco Jr. after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait also handed the POC a total of $450,000 donation from OCA, International Olympic Committee and some National Olympic Committees.
The Japan Olympic Committee will also donate $30,000 for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski said the proceeds will be used to rehabilitate different sports venues in the ravaged areas of Tacloban and Ormoc.
Besides Ormoc and Tacloban, the POC will also look at other affected areas in Eastern Visayas.
The POC and OCA also agreed to create a foundation for the farmers particularly in the Eastern Visayas, where millions of their farmlands were destroyed by typhoon.