• Ramirez vows change in Philippine sports


    INCOMING Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez along with his four new commissioners vowed change and transparency in Philippine sports under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

    “Our plan is to get to the sports periphery – the community, economics and finances. We want to create vibrant citizens through sport,” said Ramirez on Tuesday at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Shakey’s Malate.

    Ramirez, 66, appeared on the forum with incoming commissioners Arnold Agustin, Celia Kiram, Ramon Fernandez and Charles Raymond Maxey.

    According to Ramirez, they will ask reports from the PSC and Philippine Olympic Committee so they can discuss plans on how to resolve the illness of Philippine sports.

    A plan must have a result and we want to leave some legacy,” added Ramirez, who is returning to the PSC post he once held from 2005 to 2009.

    One of the main priorities of Ramirez is setting up regional training facilities in key provinces in the country. “In government and in sports, we will not be able to connect with people if we don’t go in the provinces,” said Ramirez.

    “One of the plans is to put up sports regional training center. Those existing facilities we have will be upgraded to provide better training for our athletes,” said Agustin, who is tasked to oversee the project implementation.

    Agustin is the current PSC Division Chief of Sports Facilities.

    He will also be heading also the Philippine Sports Association for Differently Abled.


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