• Ramirez says PSC to conduct drug test among employees

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    Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said on Tuesday that he would order all PSC employees to undergo a mandatory drug test.

    “We will do that. It is written on my plans,” said the 66-year old Ramirez.

    Ramirez added that no one would be exempted from the test including him. The PSC has more than 100 regular employees on top of 200 plus contractual workers.

    After implementing mandatory drug test on all its employees, the PSC will conduct random drug testing on athletes.

    “Before we conduct the random drug test on our athletes, we will be the first one in the PSC to be tested,” he added.

    Ramirez said that there are also plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on different PSC sports facilities to monitor daily transactions.

    “We want to determine if the athletes are attending their training—and offices, to see if there are anomalies in the transactions,” said Ramirez.

    The plans, according to Ramirez are all in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and corruption.

    A complaint office will be installed in the PSC office to receive complaints from different national sports association.

    Davao still best choice for 2019 SEAG
    Ramirez also said that Davao remains the best location for hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

    We are still focused on holding the SEA Games in Davao. Another team will be in Davao to assess the proposed venues,” said Ramirez.

    Among the venues being considered in the southern city, which is the home of President Dutere are the University of Mindanao gym, the University of the Philippines complex, the stadium of Pastor Apolonio Quiboloy, as well as the SM-Davao and the sports complex in Tagum, Davao del Norte.

    “I’m going to see Gov. Anthony del Rosario of Davao del Norte to discuss with him the plan of staging the SEA Games there,” added Ramirez, who also hails from Davao City.

    The inspection team aims to verify if the 20-hectare sports complex being constructed inside UP campus can be finished before 2019, according to Ramirez.

    More than 40 sports will be played in the biennial meet with participants coming from at least 11 countries, namely Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei Darusalam, East Timor and host Philippines.

    The Philippines last hosted the SEA Games in 2005, during which venues were spread in five key cities including Metro Manila, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Subic in Zambales and Clark Economic Zone in Pampanga.

    Ramirez added that besides Davao, another alternative venue that will be soon constructed is the 50-hectare Sports Olympic City in Clark, Pampanga. The facility will house the new training center for the country’s elite athletes, modern competition venues, athletes’ village, sports tourism attractions and the Philippine Institute for Sports.

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