February 25, 2018, 7:50 am
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PSC meeting with NSAs slated

THE Philippine Sports Commission will require the presence of the president and secretary general of National Sports Associations when it tackles their respective budgets for 2018 from Oct. 26 to 31 at the PSC offices at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

“We won’t release the budget if the president of the NSA is not present. As much as possible we will require them both at the meetings,” PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said. “At the Senate, the department heads are required to be present at their respective budget hearings so I see no reason why the NSA officials cannot do the same.”

It has been noted that some NSAs have had some inactive officials for quite some time, among them the Philippine Swimming Inc. whose president, Mark Joseph, has not been seen for quite a while. PSI secretary Lani Velasco has been the officer-in-charge of the association for the last 22 months.

“If the president is not present then we will require official communication from the NSA why this is so,” Ramirez stressed.

Based on the government sports agency’s 10-year evaluation of an NSA’s performance in international competition, particularly the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics, the PSC will allot a particular annual budget for each that will the subject of deliberations during the series of meetings.

Included in this amount will be the projected use of the PSC’s facilities, including utility bills such as electricity and water, which NSAs usually use free of charge.

Ramirez said they will earmark a bigger allotment to 10 to 15 sports disciplines whose athletes loom as solid medal prospects in the Indonesia Asian Games in Jakarta and the South Sumatran city of Palembang in August next year.

Among these sports are archery, boxing, cycling, judo, karatedo, taekwondo, wushu, weightlifting, billiards, windsurfing, sailing and swimming, according to the PSC honcho.

“These NSAs can expect bigger budgets because we have identified some of their athletes who can deliver for us in the Indonesia Asian Games,” Ramirez said.

The PSC chief said that setting yearly budgets would make it easier for NSAs to secure their financial support from the agency “and also make it easier for us to monitor them. Of course, they must meet compliance (on our requirements) by submitting their plans and programs.

“These NSAs must learn to be accountable for the people’s or taxpayer’s money that we give them.”

The liquidation of PSC support by NSAs has been a perennial problem and cause of conflicts between the two parties.

Ramirez also bared that the PSC’s budget request of P244 million under the General Appropriations Act passed the Senate plenary last Monday, with the bulk of the amount to be used for the operations of the PSC.

Under the law, 15 percent of the amount is also earmarked for grassroots sports development.  
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