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Should The Philippines Sports Commission take Control of the NSAs

RePublished from 2018

Poll now closed. 57 Said Yes, 2 Said No

Should The Philippines Sports Commission take Control of the NSAs

The proposed bill would place the NSAs under the control of the PSC. Under the present setup, NSAs are independent although subject to the supervisory and visitorial powers of the Philippines Sports Commission.

So what’s your insight? Do you think it would be better than NSAs be under the control of PSC?

After an embarrassing 24 Golds at the 2017 SEA Games, the lowest % and the second-lowest number equal we have won in the countries 40-year participation in SEA Games. what have we got to lose?

POC President Cojuanco and PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez

“The right to autonomy and self-governance and its close relation with the POC as guaranteed by RA 6847. May be lost depending on the rules and regulations formulated by the PSC (under the proposed law),”

the POC board led by POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. noted in its recent review of Senate Bill 1515 introduced by Pacquiao.

However, the POC board pointed out that Pacquiao’s proposed legislation has completely repealed a provision in Section 13 of RA 6847 defining the meaning of the National Sports Association.

In contrast in the bill’s proposed amendment, the section would read as “National Sports Associations organized for their respective sports in the Phl and affiliated with their respective international federations may be recognized as such by the commission.”

Removed in the planned amendment is the provision that  “The national sports association recognized by the Commission shall be autonomous and shall have exclusive technical control over the promotion and development of the particular sport for which they are organized, subject however to the supervisory and visitorial powers of the Commission, as provided in Section 11, paragraph (j) hereof.”

The board also pointed out that under Section 19 covering tax exemptions on gear and sports equipment that “the exemption on taxes and duties on the importation of (the) POC and NSAs are taken away” and that the provision on “(the) donors’ tax to the POC and NSAs has been repealed.”

Steve Hontiveros

It was warned that in the event that the proposed legislation is passed by POC secretary-general Steve Hontiveros. Who attended the POC board’s review of the bill.

“we (the POC) might find ourselves suspended by the International Olympic Committee because of government intervention.”

However Manny Pacquiao bill could be met with a lukewarm response in the House of Representatives according to a source who did not want to be identified.

“It won’t fly in Congress,” the source said, adding that “he (Pacquiao) was never part of the PSC or POC. He is a pro athlete who fought for money and country… unlike many (athletes) who fought for the country and no money.”

Senator Pacquiao

Situation of Philippine Sports

I believe the idea to invest in long term sports planning and vision. Building grassroots and programs in provinces and decentralizing the system is of utmost priority. Hosting the 2019 SEA Games which we are not ready for and may end up as a ‘Half Baked’ ‘Cockup’.

Besides what happens to Philippine Sports after that. As i said small plans which lead to bigger plans later (grassroots and decentralization, and even dare i say it Mequi and Juico PE in schools program) are better than quick fix gratification (hosting the 2019 SEA Games), which we are not ready for.

Honestly, Tourism is the War on Drugs and Conflict in the Philippines going to lead to increased Tourism just from hosting a low key international sports festival like the SEA Games???

Again after we got 24 golds we are just brushing it off, and what have we learned moving to 2018 ASIAN Games ???. We even appointed the same Chef De Mission Camacho that predicted we would get 50 golds in the 2015 SEA Games and we ended up with 29.

What’s happening we are ending up struggling to keep the status quo rather than doing anything drastic or necessary reforms to stop us falling even further behind are southeast Asian Rivals. In fact, in some sports, it’s now out of the question in the short term. And 2019 is the short term.

However, when are NSA leaders or sports leaders get bad results. They seem to think they deserve 2nd,3rd,4th,5th 6th, and more chances than a Cat has lived. There needs to be accountability.

What’s more, with POC recruiting Consultants and Expert coaches who end up spending a lot of money on this and getting very little return on investment in most cases.

Meanwhile buddy Jay Futalan a graduate of UP in Human Movement very good he was instrumental unquestionably towards leveling up Ms. Hidilyn Diaz eventually to an Olympic silver through long term planning and various fixes in her Biomechanics. But does not get brought to SEA Games to help assist the athletes while we bring all kinds of entourage people who end up having a paid holiday by the government.

Back to my point again I will tie this all into planning. In order for real change, reforms, and progress to happen the system must first be cleansed of those who are not getting results. This move on and forget attitude Philippine Sports has right now will really lead nowhere.


Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.

He can be contacted on [email protected]

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected]

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