• Ramirez wants increased funding for SEA Games hosting

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    TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte: Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez has requested House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for an additional budget in preparation for the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2019.

    Alvarez mentioned the request during his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships on Sunday evening at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex (DNSTC) here.

    “[Before I delivered my speech], I was sitting beside Chairman Ramirez. We talked about different things but one thing I remember the most was his request for an additional budget for Philippine Sports Commission for the 2019 SEA Games,” Alvarez said.

    The Philippines is scheduled to host the SEA Games either in Metro Manila or in Davao City.

    Alvarez stressed the importance of additional funding for the training of Filipino athletes so that they can compete well in the regional meet.

    Alvarez also encouraged his fellow lawmakers, who were present during the opening rites, including Surigao del Sur’s 1st District representative Prospero Pichay Jr., Jericho Nograles of Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta and Com­postella Valley Representative Ruwel Gonzaga, to help him fulfill Ramirez’s request.

    Alvarez also mentioned the request of Davao del Norte Governor Antonio Rafael Del Rosario for funding the construction of a coliseum inside the DNSTC, also in preparation for the SEA Games.

    “We have to remember and take notice that these athletes has the complete ingredients of a successful man. They have the discipline and determination to win,” said Alvarez, pertaining to the 13,000 competitors in this year’s edition of Batang Pinoy.

    Alvarez is hoping that the young athletes will serve as good example to their countrymen as the government aims to build a drug-free Philippines.

    “I hope that this will be the start of a wider campaign of our President to make the Philippines drug-free,” Alvarez concluded.

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