PSC takes cue from Duterte on grassroots development
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.