PSC takes cue from Duterte on grass­roots de­vel­op­ment

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

Ac­timg on the di­rec­tive of the Pres­i­dent, the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion will gather rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 140 schools, col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and the dif­fer­ent sports as­so­ci­a­tions they rep­re­sent to a mas­sive con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

PSC chair­man Wil­liam Ramirez said the meet­ing is aimed at cre­at­ing a uni­fied as­so­ci­a­tion to rep­re­sent col­le­giate sports and fur­ther strengthen the na­tion­wide grass­roots pro­gram for sports.

“If we strengthen grass­roots sports, we strengthen the prospects of elite sports,” said Ramirez.

Pres­i­dent Duterte last month or­dered the PSC and the Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee to in­ten­sify the search for tal­ents that can win medals for the coun­try in in­ter­na­tional events like the South­east Asian Games, Asian Games and Olympics.

“I en­join the PSC to widen its scope and re­cruit na­tion­wide,” said the Pres­i­dent.

“Look for them in non-tra­di­tional places and in­clude mem­bers of the in­dige­nous tribes and out-of-school youth. Let us give them a chance to hone their tal­ent and live up to their fullest po­ten­tials,” he added.

Ramirez said the con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing will be in di­rect col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion.

Ex­pected to at­tend are Sen­a­tors Sonny An­gara, Loren Le­garda and Manny Pac­quiao, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea, Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on Sports Den­nis Uy, Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent Bong Go, CHED Sec­re­tary Pa­tri­cia Licua­nan and Pres­i­den­tial Man­age­ment Staff as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Joseph En­cabo.

Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties from the deep­est cor­ners of the coun­try will be rep­re­sented, in­clud­ing the Siqui­jor State Col­lege, La Salle Uni­ver­sity-Oza­mis, Sul­tan Ku­darat State Uni­ver­sity, Sil­li­man Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of San Agustin-Iloilo City, Xavier Univer­si­tyAte­neo de Ca­gayan, Aklan State Uni­ver­sity, Ate­neo De Davao U, Ate­neo de Zam­boanga U, Ate­neo de Naga U, Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Min­danao, North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity-Laoag, Davao Ori­en­tal State Col­lege of Science and Tech­nol­ogy and Agu­san del Sur Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy.

“If they de­cide to form a uni­fied or­ga­ni­za­tion, we will sup­port them,” said Ramirez.

“We will be happy to have a uni­fied or­ga­ni­za­tion on col­le­giate sports. That is a vi­tal part of grass­roots de­vel­op­ment,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the PSC chair­man, a sports ad­vo­cate from Davao City, de­vel­op­ing grass­roots sports is the first step to­ward achiev­ing suc­cess in the elite level.

From the grass­roots, stu­dent ath­letes get to the Batang Pi­noy, then the Palarong Pam­bansa and the Philip­pine Na­tional Games on their way to be­com­ing mem­bers of the na­tional pool.

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