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PSC makes a move to end poor performance

The Philippine Sports Commission appears to be taking charge of the training and development of national athletes after years of apparent neglect, poor supervision and lack of program from incumbent sports officials resulting in the continued embarrassment of Filipino athletes in the international field over the past several years.

The PSC’s latest move, after it established the Philippine Sports Institute two weeks ago, is a contract, some kind of covenant between athletes and coaches on one hand, and the PSC on the other, which athletes must sign to commit themselves to a training program under the guidance of a director who will monitor their activities.

William Ramirez (Manila Bulletin)

William Ramirez
(Manila Bulletin)

Under this plan, athletes will be strictly supervised, their performance monitored and their competence will be used as basis on whether they will be allowed to compete in the three main sports cycles— the Olympics, the Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Games.

Those who will not sign and others who fail to improve their athletic development will be scratched from the pool and will not receive allowances.

PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said the officials of national sports associations will be informed of the directive in a meeting he will conduct on Sept. 20.

Ramirez has assigned Marc Velasco to take charge of the training. Velasco is also head of the Philippine Sports Institute which Ramirez established immediately after assuming the chairmanship.

“We shall continue to provide allowances, but attendance and performance will now be a requirement,” Ramirez said. “Those who are not performing and not reporting for practice will be removed from the payroll.”

Athletes and coaches receive between P6,000 to P40,000 a month depending on their ability.

“If they won’t sign, walang sweldo,” Ramirez said.

The PSC move appears to be in response to years of embarrassment in the international scene that saw the Philippines lose ground in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games. Luckily, the country won a silver medal in Rio, igniting fits of joy from officials of the POC.