November 24, 2017, 5:13 pm
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PSC sets nearly P600M for NSAs it is supporting

THE Philippine Sports Commission intends to be generous with National Sports Associations it is supporting, setting aside nearly P600 million for their respective budgets in 2018. But there’s a catch.

“They have to comply with three requirements before they can tap into these funds: (NSA) recognition from their international federation, recognition from the Philippine Olympic Committee, and liquidation of the funds that the PSC earlier gave them,” PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said.

Ramirez issued the reminder to the NSAs concerned with the government sports agency in the midst of meeting with their respective officials, who are required to lay out their plans and programs for next year and beyond to justify the support for their activities.

“We are about halfway through with the NSAS that we are funding and expect them to be over in a week or two,” Ramirez added of the meetings he described as “conversations” at the PSC office at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

He noted that some of the discussions with the NSA officials were “informative and enlightening because we admit that we do not know totally everything about a specific sport.  Now, we understand these officials and their sport better.”

In setting the amounts each NSA would receive, the PSC evaluated the performances of their respective athletes over a 10-year period, including how they fared in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games.

“Some NSAs (based on their performance) will receive more than others. But it’s how the way it is,” Ramirez said.

He had earlier said that they had identified around 12 disciplines whose selected athletes will be given all-out support in their bid to qualify and compete in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“This does not mean, however, that these NSAs concerned will get more than the rest,” Ramirez said, “In fact the reverse could be true.”

He reiterated that setting aside a specified yearly budget for NSAs would be more convenient “because they will not have to wait for PSC board resolutions to get their money for competing abroad. It will also make it easier for us to monitor their expenses.”

Programmed in the NSA budgets are the use of PSC facilities and the payment of their utilities such as electricity and water, which the government used to shoulder since most of these sports associations also have their offices at the PSC-administered Philsports Complex in Pasig City.   

In the spirit of transparency, Ramirez said the PSC will publish in national dailies the budgets of the NSAs once they have been finalized “and we hope to do it before the end of the year.”
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