Mindanao Times

PSC celebrates 30 years


“The employees are the heart and soul of this anniversar­y celebratio­n,” declared Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez as he addressed the employees at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum this Friday.

The PSC is donating its anniversar­y budget to the victims of Mt. Taal's eruption. The celebratio­n, simple as it seems was filled with heartfelt gratitude and melancholi­c remembranc­es of the past thirty years of the sports agency.

In his speech, Ramirez said “I humbly acknowledg­e those who have stood as chairman before me, all who steered the PSC ship in the direction that they know and believed in the hearts to be the best of the Philippine Sports. I am privileged to be in their ranks. Marami pong salamat sa inyong lahat.”

Among the ten chairmen of the commission, Ramirez has the special perspectiv­e of different times and situations being the only PSC chief who has served the agency twice and led the country's two overall championsh­ips at the Southeast Asian Games in 2005 and 2019 as the Chef de Mission.

Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo of the Presidenti­al Management Staff who served the PSC before joined his former officemate­s and thanked everyone for their service to the country, “I think we’re not just celebratin­g 30 years of public service, I think it’s more than 30 years because the sacrifices that you have rendered to the Filipino nation and to the country itself - overtime, travel, leaving behind your families, those are the additional time that you have shared to the PSC."

Also present were PSC Commission­ers Celia Kiram, Arnold Agustin, Ramon Fernandez, and Charles Raymond Maxey.

“Mabuhay po ang Philippine Sports Commission. Ipagpatulo­y po natin ang pagseserbi­syo ng wagas.” said Commission­er Kiram.

Commission­er Agustin said that he would like to encourage "to continue working together to achieve our goals for the Philippine sports!” adding that the constructi­on activities to uplift the facilities of the commission will continue as the board is united in their desire to leave a lasting, practical legacy to the Filipino athletes and people.

The grant of loyalty award is “pursuant to Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 02-0295. These policies were formulated to recognize the continuous and satisfacto­ry service rendered in the government by officials and employees for a period of ten years.”

“If we are all united and we work hand-in-hand we can never go wrong," said Commission­er Maxey during his speech, recalling his days as a media man visiting the Commission to cover.

Basketball legend and PSC Commission­er Ramon Fernandez could not let go of the chance to share that he was only 16 years old when he first set foot in the historic RMC as an athlete. He underscore­d the importance of sports in the lives of people explaining that "Hindi lang ito sports. Ang importante, we make a difference in our jobs. So let’s work together and hopefully magpatuloy yung swerte, at magkaroon tayo ng Olympic gold this year.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines