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Last Updated on April 18, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

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Pia Cayetano was offended by the investigation into the P9.5 SEA Games cost.

Senator Pia Cayetano, who owned up to missing most of Hontiveros’ privilege speech, took great offense to the allegations issued by Senator Risa Hontiveros, citing the “world-class standard” of the facilities built for Filipino athletes.

Her brother, former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, served as chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee.

Why are most of the Philippines excluded from BIMP EAGA?

Because its focus is on the poor areas in Mindanao like Davao City, General Santos City, Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, and Palawan.

These areas are mostly Muslim-populated areas near Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, aiming to help their brother Muslims elevate to develop their cities.

They developed air linkages, sea linkages, construction, telecommunication/ICT,agro-industry, fisheries, forestry and environment, and joint tourism, including sports.

Luzon and Visayas are not interested to participate in the organization.\

(Answer Online)




  • Here is what the Wiki had to say. 
  • BIMP-EAGA was launched in Davao City in 1994
  • BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games started in 1996 in General Santos City
  • Between 1998-2002 there were no friendship games before it returned in 2003 at Palawan.

The Wiki does not describe any particular reason why other poorer parts of the Philippines cannot join.



BIMP-EAGA includes Palawan. Palawan is the Visayas?

Luzon and Visayas want to participate. Coached Zamboanga Del Sur. I also know that Manila and other athletes wanted to join track and field.

The Philippines Sports Commission funds BIMP-EAGA. Many athletes would have joined even without funding. These lower-level meets, like BIMP-EAGA, are only friendly games between a few SEA nations and are smaller than the SEA Games or even the Thai national open.

Athletes grow. Athletics builds. Few athletes from this meet improved.

Poorer people/groups. They play for college scholarships or money to send home. Most leave sports after graduating. Richer and middle-class people who can self-fund will play for fun because they don’t have to make a job from it.

Davao City, where BIMPA was founded, may host the 2020 event. Due to COVID-19-related cancellations of Philippine meetings, this may be postponed another year.

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In the eye of the storm: Cayetano’s Phigsoc slammed for payoff

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) raised concerns about the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) paying some of them at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

POC director Clint Aranas said they were disturbed by Cynthia Carrion’s admission that some of them were paid by the organizing group helmed by former House Speaker Alan Cayetano during last year’s SEA Games buildup.

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) raised concerns about the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) paying some of them at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

POC director Clint Aranas said they were disturbed by Cynthia Carrion’s admission that some of them were paid by the organizing group helmed by former House Speaker Alan Cayetano during last year’s SEA Games buildup.

Carrion admits to receiving Phisgoc compensation and other benefits in an exclusive Daily Tribune piece last Saturday.

She said she was paid P65,000 to P75,000 each month, but other sources said it was P100,000 to P250,000 depending on their Phisgoc jobs.

Aranas said Carrion violated the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter that “members of the NOC (national Olympic committees), except professional sports administrators, shall not accept compensation or bonus of any kind in consideration for their services or the performance of their duties.”
To avoid conflicts of interest, the POC said its members, especially officers, should work “voluntarily.”

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Health Guidelines for Athletics in the Philippines (from PSC AND PSI)

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Philippines Sports Commission, POC, AFP renew ‘detailed service’ for national athletes.

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  July 29, 2020, 6:59 pm

MANILA – On Tuesday, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) renewed the detailed service (DS) for national athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics.

The tripartite agreement for all national athletes terminated last May. Due to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines, only Olympic hopefuls were allowed DS.

“We are working with the POC in drawing up the list,” Philippines Sports Commission Acting Executive Director lawyer Guillermo Iroy Jr. said Wednesday.

In a letter to the AFP, he requested that the Philippines Sports Commission detail 78 national athletes and 52 coaches from 19 sports, including swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, boxing, baseball, rowing, sailing, sepak takraw, softball, soft tennis, weightlifting, cycling, obstacle sports, Muaythai, judo, and PHILSPADA athletes from athletics, badminton, table tennis, and cycling.

After AFP Special Service Unit leader Col. Rocky Bing, POC secretary-general lawyer Ed Gastanes, Philippines Sports Commission Iroy, and NSA Affairs head Annie Ruiz finish debating, the deal may be finalized by August.

Philippine Air Force weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and boxer Eumir Marcial resumed training for the Tokyo Olympics. (PNA)

POC / Philippines Sports Commission 2020 Click here for news and updates

Below is a collection of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) Updates for the Year 2020. You will also find information and news on POC, NSA, and the DEPED here.

Philippines Sports Commission Official Questioned

Fernandez and Atty Iroy

Yesterday, the National Bureau of Investigation picked up a Philippine Sports Commission employee for questioning for allegedly padding the payroll of national athletes and coaches, resulting in millions of pesos in losses to the Philippines Sports Commission for the past five years to Philippines Sports Commission officer-in-charge Ramon Fernandez.

“Paul Ignacio, a longtime employee in the Philippines Sports Commission personnel department, was picked up by the NBI for inquest this morning,” Fernandez said yesterday.

“There might be other people involved in this case because he definitely cannot do it on his own.” The acting Philippines Sports Commission chief said that the alleged anomaly was discovered by officials of the Land Bank Philippines “which red-flagged the case since the allowances were being deposited into the account of Ignacio for the past five years. The bank usually clears their records after that period.”

The Land Bank branch located inside the Century Park Sheraton building across the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila, is one of the Philippines Sports Commission depository banks.

Fernandez bared that “there are speculations that the Philippines Sports Commission may have lost somewhere between P12 to P14 million for those five years alone,” adding that the irregularity might have gone on for more than that.

“But let’s wait for the findings of the NBI,” he said.

As far as he could gather, he said that Ignacio allegedly padded the payroll of the list of the national pool of athletes and coaches once it was handed down by the Philippines Sports Commission National Sports Affairs department to the employee’s section.

“From the Philippines Sports Commission NSA Affairs department, the list goes through the finance and accounting departments for verification first before it is forwarded to our payroll department,” Fernandez explained.

“Once the list is with payroll, we suspect this is where this employee includes the names of the retired coaches and athletes. And then placed the money into his account,” he pointed out.

”May kasabwat seguro yan. Because he has to know kung sino yong coaches and athletes na wala na sa lineup.” Ignacio, he said, was inclined “to name names” of those involved in the alleged racket. Fernandez assured the public that

“We hope that we can get to the truth and bring the accountable to justice swiftly.

“The Philippines Sports Commission will never waver in its duty to protect the interest of its stakeholders and the Filipino people.”


Philippines Sports Commission to focus shrunken budget on Olympic hopefuls.

By:  – Reporter / @junavINQ
 / 08:13 PM July 09, 2020

The Philippine Sports Commission begins to rationalize a shrunken budget by discussing the Philippine Olympic Committee’s Olympic projections with Tokyo Games chef de mission Mariano “Nonong’’ Araneta Jr.

The plan focuses dwindling finances on national athletes with the best chances of qualifying for the postponed Summer Games.

Four athletes—pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno, and gymnast Carlos Yulo—already qualified for the Olympics reset to July 23 next year.

On the fringes of qualifying are weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, boxer Nesthy Petecio, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. For most in that group, qualifying seems a formality only.

Identifying the other athletes who possess bright chances of qualifying would guide the Philippines Sports Commission to focus its resources after much of its funding was diverted to help the government battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

POC president Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino has repeatedly expressed optimism that the Philippines could finally land its first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, and Fernandez readily agrees.

“We must never lose sight of our goal to give our best and win our first Olympic gold,’’ said Fernandez.

Over 60 athletes from 18 sports are still seeking to clinch Olympic berths. And since the qualifying meets have been moved to next year, Tolentino believes the chances have become better for them to make it.

“It gives our athletes the luxury of time to improve themselves in preparation for their qualifying tournaments,’’ said Tolentino.

Among those who also have high hopes of punching Tokyo tickets are taekwondo jins Pauline Lopez, Elaine Alora, Samuel Morrison, track and field’s Kristina Knott and Willie Morrison, and golfers Miguel Tabuena, Yuka Saso, and Dottie Ardina.



Philippines Sports Commission sends home foreign coaches.

June 2, 2020

Sports commissioner Ramon Fernandez stressed that foreign coaches with expired contracts would no longer be renewed after they suffered a massive reduction in their funds from the national sports development program.

  • First, the national diving team’s Chinese mentor was let go after her contract lapsed on 31 May. Xiaofeng Cui, who won gold medals for China in the Asian Games during her prime, already packed her bags with the Philippines Sports Commission making her travel arrangements for Chaozhou City in Guangdong. It was confirmed with the President of PSI that diving falls under that is verified.
  • Other national squads that employ foreign coaches are Karatedo, fencing, wushu, and athletics.
  • In several conversations with PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez. It was informed even a year ago; the PSC would renew only coaches who have Olympic qualifiers.
  •  THE usual P120 to P150-million monthly share from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s income was reduced to only P9 million in April following President Rodrigo Duterte to stop of gaming operations nationwide due to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine.


Excellent writeup by Joey Villar, after I breadcrumbed after his Twitter updates.

In Summary, PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) hard times call for hard measures as the coffers dry up

  • In light of athletes now being given 20% discounts by the government
  • Pay of athletes as of June 1 is slashed by 50%Some Foreign Coaches whose contracts expire June 1 will not be renewed

    Events such as

    • Batang Pinoy
    • Philippine National Games
    • and ASEAN Para Games, among other projects.

    They could, however, console themselves with the fact they would receive discounts on

    • goods
    • medicine
    • transportation
    • services
    • from restaurants
    • hotels
    • movie theaters

    while establishments that will grant discounts will, in turn, receive tax relief.



POC PSC: Fund Cuts

April 30, 2020

From their budget to the training of the athletes to the conduct of their programs, the PSC is being made to adjust like in no other time in the past, said Mr. Ramirez. Due to COVID-19. 

**Perhaps upon further analysis if the budget is lacking to pay staff and athletes. The PSC must use this as an opportunity to do some house cleaning. It should remove

  1. Athletes who did not get a medal at SEA Games 2019. I mean and spent 1.4 BN on athletes’ allowances alone. And the fact support and financing were given to athletes more than at any other time in the past since the PSC was founded in 1990 and that the SEA Games 2019 hosted. This means an athlete’s benchmark should be “AT LEAST A bronze medal at a lower level international meet such as the Philippines 2019 SEA Games. This would still provide quite a large pool of athletes after the Philippines had garnered a total of 387 medals, the number further bolstered by team and relay events.
  2. Coaches who failed to even provide a bronze medal at the 2019 Philippines SEA Games. Should be immediately dropped from the payroll, whether foreign or local. If paid more with a gold medal minimum or dropped off the payroll, the benchmark should be higher for foreign coaches. 
  3. An athlete should only be allowed to nominate one coach without pressure in a neutral environment. Paying multiple coaches for one athlete is redundant unless their specific role is assigned, such as a strength and conditioning coach.
  4. Regarding Point 2, there should be special consideration if the athlete failed to medal at SEA Games but medalled at a higher level meet in the last few years.

  5. Those athletes being developed who have not medalled at international meets should be allowed to stay in dorms, use facilities for free and perhaps have food and travel exemptions without an allowance.
SAFETY FIRST. Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez (2nd from left) announces postponement of major sports activities to safeguard the athletes against novel coronavirus during a press conference at the Rizal Memorial Sports Coliseum on Thursday (Feb. 6, 2020).

Points made 

1. From the P900 million approved GAA budget this year, where the PSC gets money for the salary of its employees and other operating expenses, it has been reported that it is set to be slashed by more the 50%.

2. Compounding the PSC’s budget woes is the prospect of money coming from Pagcor being delayed, or worse stop coming in altogether.

As casino operations remain shut because of the coronavirus, with the government prohibiting mass gatherings as part of mitigating measures.

PAGCOR money is what is used to pay the athletes and coaches.

3. With concerns over the budget, the PSC has moved to cancel its scheduled events and programs till December, affecting activities like the Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, Indigenous Games, and Women’s Games, among others.

4. As to the salaries of regular employees of the PSC, Mr. Ramirez said it is taken care of as it falls under the GAA.

5. However, those that are under contractual or job offers may face problems.

6. “Training will be adjusted. In partnership with the POC’s Committee and the national sports associations we will try to come up with a comprehensive program where coaches can go online and make virtual presentations for the athletes,” said Mr. Ramirez.


POC PSC No Sporting Events until December

April 30, 2020

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is receiving orders from Malacanang this year to cancel all sports events. And instead will 
emphasize its the budget on various pending commitments as 
the country decides to fight the spread of coronavirus.
The sports agency further announced that all events in conjunction with the regulations will be canceled until December of this year.
“We heed the call of the national government,” said Ramirez. “To cut expenses as we reroute majority of our resources to fighting the pandemic, but we also stand by our commitment to keep supporting members of the national teams.”
The PSC, chaired by Butch Ramirez, agreed in virtual meeting on Wednesday to forego all local competitions and one international competition. This is to ensure it can preserve its contribution, including 
aiding national team members.

POC Boss Bambol says no sports events for the Philippines likely for 2020

April 28, 2020

POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino can’t see any more major sporting events in the Philippines for the rest of 2020. However, he believes the training for Olympic-bound athletes will now be in 2021 and push through.

sports events for Philippines
Bambol Tolentino

“I doubt if we can still hold (sports) events for this year,’’ said Tolentino.


No Sports Events  for the Philippines and a new normal

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)  pandemic, popular annual 
tournaments of national level such as the Palarong Pambansa, Philippine 
National  Games and Batang Pinoy Games have been shelved indefinitely so 

“There will be a new normal once this is over and we’ll see how our sports activities will fit in,’’ added the Cavite congressman and PhilCycling head.

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno, and gymnast Carlos Yulo have earned 
tickets to the Tokyo Summer Games, while 62 more 18-sport Filipino athletes are set to join in. 
The only thing which can proceed consistently, said Tolentino, is the training of athletes who already qualified for the rescheduled Olympics in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

“I’m expecting that our athletes, especially those who made it, will prepare hard to be in peak form for the Olympics,’’ said Tolentino.

“As for those who have yet to qualify, I know they will find ways to seize the opportunity and secure an Olympic spot,’’ he added.

Rio 2016 Olympics silver medalist lifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarders Margielyn Didal, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe, boxers Nesthy Petecio and golfers Miguel Tabuena, Yuka Saso, and Dottie Ardina are also hunting toward slots to the Games. 

As can be seen, Filipino Olympic hopefuls benefit from time to boost their qualification by the rescheduling of qualifying competitions in all sports.



POC chief doubts sports events can still be held this year

PSC 2020 FAST FACTS: Philippines 2019 SEA Games venues convert into quarantine centers
By Beatrice Go
April 2, 2020
From hosting the SEA Games 2019, these venues will test and treat coronavirus-positive patients in the Philippines.
As of Thursday, April 2, the Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS), World Trade Center (WTC), and Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) were the first 3 venues converted to accommodate patients from Manila Makati and Pasay area.

PSC 2020 Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and para sports remain billeted at the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics, and para-sports remain billeted at the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Even after an ordered lockdown on government sports facilities, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will continue to look after the national athletes and coaches left behind.

A total of 28 athletes, 4 Filipino coaches, and 2 Korean coaches – from fencing, boxing, athletics, and 6 para-sports – were unable to secure tickets back to their home destinations, prompting the government sports agency to accommodate them.

According to PSC dormitory manager Roselle Destura, the athletes and coaches will remain billeted at the PSC dormitories in the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

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PSC 2020 PH athletes evacuate dorms as PSC restricts facility access

The Philippine Sports Commission orders national athletes to go home as it places sports facilities on restricted access amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Except for the athletes still preparing for qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, all national team members at senior and junior levels have been ordered to go home as all dormitories need to be vacated as part of the PSC’s prevention plan.

Under restricted access, PSC declared its two major facilities – Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig.

“We have to be proactive in this situation and take these hard decisions for the safety of our athletes and employees,” said PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez during the management committee meeting on Thursday, March 12.

Some of the national team members billeted in the dormitories are boxing, weightlifting, muay, athletics, fencing, and Paralympic sports.

Full Article Here

PSC 2020 POC urges NSAs to take precautions

Joey VillarJohn Bryan Ulanday (The Philippine Star) – February 15, 2020 – 12:00 am

MANILA, the Philippines — The POC’s Committee, the highest sports governing body in the country, is one with the government to implement precautionary measures amidst the novel coronavirus menace.

Concerned with everybody’s safety, the POC urged all national sports associations and groups associated with them to heed the call for prudence and await official announcements from appropriate agencies regarding the issue.

“The POC stands behind the government in its precautionary measure of advising everyone to desist from organizing, participating or attending events where big crowds are expected,” said POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino in a statement yesterday.

As advised by no less than President Duterte himself, the Philippine Sports Commission had called off the Philippine National Games, the summit of the national sport, and all its children’s games while giving the recommendation that led to the 10th ASEAN Para Games being reset to a still unspecified date.

“The PSC’s parallel declaration canceling or suspending sports activities in order to mitigate the possible spread of the novel coronavirus in the country is also shared by the POC,” said Tolentino.  “We must always put the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators at the very top of our priorities.” 

PSC 2020 Call for Sobriety

SPORTING CHANCE – Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) – February 11, 2020 – 12:00 am

Above all, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines’ suggestion to reprimand Capas Mayor Rey Catacutan for objecting to the Athletes Village’s use in New Clark City as a quarantine zone should be withdrawn.

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PSC 2020 CSC eligibility for athletes pushed

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC 2020) discusses with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to give national athletes the chance to acquire professional and sub-professional eligibility.

CSC eligibility is one of the requirements for pursuing a career in any government agency.

Sought for comment, national athlete Mary Joy Tabal said this is a great development since they will not be athletes forever. The eligibility will give them another career path after calling it a career.

“It’s a good program. Athletes will make better public servants because of the discipline and dedication we have for our work and for the country,” the 2016 Rio Olympian said.

Full Article Here

PSC 2020 No rest for nat’l pool athletes

 / 05:15 AM February 07, 2020

After wrapping the flag around themselves, when Team Philippines won the overall title at home in the recent 11-nation Southeast Asian Games, Athletes belonging to the national training pool can now relax and rest up, right?


The elite group belonging to the national team program is under orders to keep in shape. And then report to the front lines when the Philippine National Games (PNG) unfurls in late May. At the refurbished Rizal Memorial and PhilSports complexes in Manila and Pasig.

Philippine Sports Commission Chair William Ramirez has formed a national committee. Led by executive director Merly Ibay and her deputy, Guillermo Iroy. To lock plans for the PNG and the Batang Pinoy meets this year.

As is customary, priority athletes have to show up for the PNG.

And are expected to win their assignments or eclipse their records.

Since each is paid a tidy sum ranging from P10,200 to P45,000, the nationals have excellent PNG attendance.

But PNG commissioner Celia Kiram warns athletes. Who don’t see action. That they “run the risk of being dropped from the roster and face the possibility of being replaced.”

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Why can the Philippines, with more than 100M, get most of the medals in the South East Asian Games?

Ricky Vargas
Ricky Vargas

It brings back moments when Sports Leaders were flabbergasted when POC President Ricky Vargas stated that despite improvements, the Philippines was not favored to rule the SEA Games despite being the hosts and getting a lot of say in the final composition events.

If we look at our previous SEA Games results in all sports. 

Vargas and Co have a lot to be concerned about in the 2019 SEA Games.

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PSC 2020 defers major sports activities amid nCoV threat

MANILA — The Philippine Sports Commission has decided to postpone two major events that it will hold in the first half of the year. To protect athletes and the public against the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

In a press conference at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum here on Thursday, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez announced that the National Sports Summit was initially scheduled for Feb. 27-29 and the Philippine National Games set for May amid the coronavirus threat.

“Yesterday morning, the board have been discussing the situation, and the results of the board meeting was… we are postponing big events of the PSC like the Philippine National Sports Summit supposed to be held at the PICC (Philippine International Convention Center), the Philippine National Games that will be held in Rizal Memorial and PhilSports [Arena] Pasig,” Ramirez said.

PSC 2020

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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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