PSC allots P600M fund for NSAs but...

Bandera (Mindanao) - - NEWS -

THE government will fund the programs of the national sports associations for the coming year to the tune of P600 million.

But the Philippine Sports Commission is set to enforce a strict monitoring on how the money will be spent while expecting the athletes of the NSAs to perform at their best.

“We will leave the NSAs to answer for the performances of their athletes,” said PSC chair Butch Ramirez. “There will be no problems if they perform well.”

Besides the expected positive output of the NSAs, the PSC will require each of the 40 NSAs to submit a certification of recognition from their respective international federations and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Ramirez has declined to reveal the financial assistance that each NSA would receive as the PSC has yet to wrap up its budget hearings with the sports associations.

“There are NSAs which will receive P40 million, there are also NSAs which will get P15 and P10 million. I guess there will be no more complaints because that money is for them to spend from January to December next year,” said Ramirez.

The PSC chief has also required the sports associations to resolve their internal leadership disputes if there are any.

Traditionally, medal-rich sports such as athletics and swimming grab the lion’s share of the budget pie from the government.

This time, Ramirez said more funds will be funneled to the agency’s special operations of funding individual athletes who have the potential to win a medal in the coming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Siklab Atleta Pilipinas, a foundation headed by businessman and Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy, has identified 28 athletes with the PSC that the foundation will heavily invest on for the country to win its first gold medal in the Olympics. —

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