THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will unify, lead and coordinate all national sports associations (NSAs) in the country, said PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez on Friday.
“The President have instructed me from my first day of resumption of office to unify Philippine sports, meaning the sports associations that are not unified and have their own problems, I plan to visit leadership of PSC to set their directions into one organization,” Ramirez added, citing Republic Act 6847, known as the Philippine Sports Commission Act that was approved on January 24, 1990 under the administration of late President Corazon Aquino.
Ramirez said he received from Malacañang the appointment documents of Commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Fatima Celia Kiram, Arnold Agustin and Charles Raymond Maxey on Thursday.
He also introduced lawyer Carlo Abarquez as the incoming executive director who will manage the legal matters of the PSC.
While he respected the autonomy of PSC’s partners running the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics on matters of hiring coaches and athletes, Ramirez said that the PSC would create the position of National Sports Training Director whose duty is to supervise whether the money funded to an NSA is properly spent.
The chairman also announced that the board of commissioners will work on documents are pending for approval in its first meeting.
“The government is asking now, for 26 years of funding, where are we now? Have we really matured? What is the plan of each NSA? How does the NSA manage its athletes? Do we know the food that the athletes eat? Are there physiologists and psychologists assisting the athletes? That’s why we are winning or losing. Because all those athletes competing in Olympics are all the best. But we might have some missing link about the sports science,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez put Philippine Basketball Association legend Fernandez in-charge of Batang Pinoy as well as the PSC’s satellite office in Davao. Maxey will supervise the Palarong Pambansa and the satellite office in Cebu, Kiram will be in charge of women sports and the PSC satellite in Muslim Mindanao while Agustin will manage the venues of sporting events.
The commissioners will take their oath before President Rodrigo Duterte last week of August or first week of September.