PSC, POC, AFP renew ‘detailed service’ for national athletes
By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno July 29, 2020, 6:59 pm
MANILA – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) agreed on Tuesday to renew the detailed service (DS) for national athletes who have already booked or still vying for spots in the Tokyo Olympics.
The tripartite agreement, which expired last May, is supposed to be for all national athletes, but with coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic still affecting the Philippines, only those still in the running for the Olympics were granted DS for now.
“We are working with the POC in drawing up the list,” said PSC Acting Executive Director lawyer Guillermo Iroy Jr. on Wednesday.
He actually requested 78 national athletes and 52 coaches from 19 sports, namely 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, to be detailed to the PSC in a letter to the AFP.
The final details of the agreement may be released by August once AFP Special Service Unit chief Col. Rocky Binag, POC secretary general lawyer Ed Gastanes, PSC’s Iroy, and national sports association (NSA) affairs head Annie Ruiz are done discussing matters.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and boxer Eumir Marcial, both enlisted to the Philippine Air Force, have already resumed their training ahead of their Tokyo Olympics bid. (PNA)
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PSC Official Questioned
THE National Bureau of Investigation yesterday 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 PSC, for the past five years, according to PSC officer-in-charge Ramon Fernandez.
“Paul Ignacio, a longtime employee in the PSC 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 PSC 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 PSC’s depository banks.
Fernandez bared that “there are speculations that the PSC 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 PSC National Sports Affairs department to the employee’s section.
“From the PSC 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 . The money was then placed 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 PSC will never waver in its duty to protect the interest of its stakeholders and the Filipino people.”
The Philippine Sports Commission begins the task of rationalizing a shrunken budget by discussing the Olympic projections of the Philippine Olympic Committee with Tokyo Games chef de mission Mariano “Nonong’’ Araneta Jr.
The plan is to focus dwindling finances on national athletes with the best chances of qualifying for the postponed Summer Games.
“The POC will know the athletes who have a high percentage of qualifying so we will consult them and move from there,’’ said PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez.
Four athletes—pole vaulter EJ Obiena, boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno and gymnast Carlos Yulo—already qualified for the Olympics, which was 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 PSC on where to focus its resources after much of its funding was diverted to help the government in its 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 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 and Samuel Morrison, track and field’s Kristina Knott and Willie Morrison and golfers Miguel Tabuena, Yuka Saso and Dottie Ardina.
Sports commissioner Ramon Fernandez stressed that foreign coaches with expired contracts would no longer be renewed after they suffered a massive reduction in their fund from the national sports development program.
First to let go was the Chinese mentor of the national diving team 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 PSC making her travel arrangements for Chaozhou City in Guangdong. It was confirmed with the President of PSI in which diving falls under that is verified.
Other national squads who employ foreign coaches are Karatedo, fencing, wushu and athletics.
In several conversations with PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez. It was informed even a year ago only coaches who have Olympic qualifiers would be renewed by the PSC.
usual P120 to P150-million monthly share from the income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation was reduced to only P9 million in April following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to stop gaming operations nationwide due to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine.
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
Athletes who did not get a medal at SEA Games 2019. I mean 1.4 BN was spent on athletes allowances alone. And the fact support and financing were giving to athletes more than any other time in the past since the PSC was founded in 1990 and that the SEA Games 2019 hosted. Means athletes 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.
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. The benchmark should be higher for foreign coaches if they are paid more with a minimum of a gold medal or be dropped off the payroll.
An athlete should only be allowed to nominate one coach without pressure in a neutral environment. It is redundant to pay multiple coaches for one athlete unless their specific role is something assigned such as strength and conditioning coach.
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.
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.
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 a virtual meeting on Wednesday to forego all local competitions and one international competition. This is to ensure it can preserve its contribution, including
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, believes the training for Olympic bound athletes which will now be in 2021 will push through.
“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.
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 be used to 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
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 who were 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.
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 in 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.
“We have to be pro-active 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 from boxing, weightlifting, muay, athletics, fencing, and Paralympic sports.
MANILA, the Philippines — The POC’s Committee, the highest sports governing body in the country, is one with the government in the need to implement precautionary measures amidst the novel coronavirus menace.
Concerned with the safety of everybody, 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 with regards to 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 national sports summit 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.”
Above all the suggestion by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines to reprimand Capas Mayor Rey Catacutan for objecting to the use of the Athletes Village in the New Clark City as a quarantine zone should be withdrawn.
THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC 2020) is discussing 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 those who want to pursue a career in any government agency.
Sought for comment, national athlete Mary Joy Tabal said this is a great Development for them 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.
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 own records.
Since each is paid a tidy sum ranging from P10,200 to P45,000. The nationals have excellent attendance in the PNG.
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.”