Philippine Tae kwon do Association (PTA) Secretary General Monsour Del Rosario has been elected as president of the newly formed Philippine Olympic Committee-National Sports Association (POC-NSA) Martial Arts Council.
Arnis Philippines President Raymond Velayo was elected vice-president while Philippine Karatedo Federation Secretary General Raymund Lee Reyes was voted the secretary general of the council.
Elected as commission heads were Philippine Pencak Silat Association President Princess Jacel Kiram (ways and means), Muaythai Association of the Philippines Secretary General Pearl Managuelod (education), Philippine Judo Federation President Dave Carter, and Wrestling Association of the Philippines President Alvin Aguilar (marketing).
The council advisers are Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) 1st Vice-President Joey Romasanta, POC 2nd Vice-President Jeff Tamayo and POC treasurer Julian Camacho.
Other NSAs included in the council are the Wushu Federation of the Philippines and Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines.
“We are happy that we are now recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee as an official council to help them realize the talents of Filipino youth,” Reyes told The Manila Times in an interview on Tuesday.
“Definitely, this is the program we are looking for. The beauty of this council is that every NSAs are cooperative and sharing their ideas on how we can take martial arts close to far-flung areas and provinces,” added Reyes.
According to Reyes, the council’s objective is to create an impact and make the people aware about the existence and s uniqueness of each martial sport.