In only five (5) months’ stay as Officer-in-Charge and now Chairman, Ramirez, with the help of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo brokered the signing of the RP-China Sports Agreement in which China vowed to help in the training of Filipino athletes in 14 focus sports as we vie for the 2005 SEAG’s overall championship, and in the long run, the country’s first Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.
Recently, Chairman Ramirez also facilitated the transfer of national athletes to a modern Athletes’ Dormitory in Philsports which was also re-launched to serve as the national training institute for athletes, coaches, and trainors. He further reinstated Class C athletes’ monthly stipends and food allowances, now bringing the number of PSC-funded athletes to 1,033 besides some 243 coaches, trainors and masseurs.
The agency’s first Chairman from Mindanao has been tasked by the President to re-engineer and reorganize the PSC’s Organizational Structure, including the streamlining of excess employees, while improving the agency’s services to the athletes.
With the Philippines’ hosting of the 23rd SEA Games on 27 November to 05 December 2005, Ramirez is working to refurbish SEAG venues and facilities with no additional budget for the purpose.
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Being an athlete himself, Chairman Buhain started his tenure with an athlete-centered approach by having regular dialogues with the athletes and setting up dormitories and an Athletes’ Lounge. He also established linkages with private companies and agencies to provide athletes with benefits ranging from health (like vitamins from Wyeth Health Care), uniforms, career education courtesy of STI and travel discounts from WG&A, Air Philippines and Philtranco. He also pursued for the further training and education of Filipino coaches.
Chairman Buhain also spearheaded the implementation of Republic Act 9064 or the “Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001”, the first sports bill signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which grants incentives to Filipino medalists of the Olympics, Asian Games, quadrennial World Championships and SEA Games.
His administration also implemented Republic Act 9155 which transferred the Palarong Pambansa from the Department of Education (DepEd) to the PSC. The most prestigious national sports event brings together some 8,000 elementary and secondary level student-athletes from the country’s 16 regions. The PSC managed two (2) Palarong Pambansa stagings in Naga City (2003) and Tubod, Lanao del Norte (2004). It was under Buhain’s time that the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendship Games, a venue of cultural and sporting exchange for EAGA member focus areas, was revived.
He piloted the Trainers and Officials Program-Scientific Training for Athletes (TOP-START), a program that empowers and encourages more people and Local Government Units to be our partners and stakeholders in sports; continued the PNYG-Batang Pinoy program; and set up the Mindanao Institute of Sports. He also conceptualized the Alay at Suporta sa Atletang Pilipino (ASAP) Program to partly address the financial requirements of elite sports development in the country through corporate sponsorships.
Realizing the importance of sustaining sports awareness and education nationwide thru the media, he forged a Memorandum of Agreement with the Bureau of Broadcast/Sports Radio to air “Ang Inyong PSC”, the PSC’s weekly radio program with free airtime over DZSR 918 KHZ. It aims to develop sports at the grassroots level and promoting elite sports thru broadcast media. Nationwide sports exhibits coinciding with PSC programs and a revived PSC.
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Chairman Tuason’s policy echoed the Vision-Mission of the Commission—that all Filipinos should live active, healthy, and productive lives through physical fitness and participation in sports towards the attainment of national unity, progress and recognition for the country as well as the promotion of world peace and brotherhood among nations.
He implemented Administrative Order 352 approving and directing the Implementation of the Gratuity and Monthly Incentives Allowance Plan (GMIAP) for all living bemedalled athletes who participated in the Olympics, Asian Games and world championships. Under his administration, Tuason also launched the Philippine National Youth Games - Batang Pinoy Program (PNYG-BP), the government’s centerpiece sports program for children 12 years and under. He also conceptualized the ATLETA Program to monitor and ensure PSC funding for NSAs.
He also initiated three annual Summer Camps in Cebu City, Philsports (Pasig City), and Laoag City. The program was aimed at developing potential athletes and helping them attain their best athletic performances through specialized training, lectures and team-building activities.
Also during his term, special advocacy was given to Mindanao through the holding of the 1st Mindanao Sports Summit, which redirected Mindanao sports leaders’ paths towards a unified program while providing equitable opportunities for every sports organization and people. The summit formulated a Sports Covenant which included the creation of the 1st Mindanao Sports Council and launching of the 1st Mindanao Friendship Games.
Also launched by his administration was the Philippine Sports Talent Identification Program (PSTIP), a systematic and scientific procedure on a nationwide search for young Filipino boys and girls with the physical, motor and genetic qualifications to be selected for training and future participation in local and international sports. It is currently conducted by the PCSM.
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As part of the government’s efforts in human development and people empowerment, Chairman Juico focused his efforts on upgrading PSC officials’ management skills and sent its first level managers to two month-long seminars, namely Program and Project Development Management and Program for Development Managers (by the Asian Institute of Management), as well as other seminars by top management groups during which the PSC Vision-Mission-Objectives were formed.
Juico also instituted measures to professionalize the bureaucracy and encouraged the culture of excellence within the organization. He institutionalized the Performance Evaluation System and establishment of the PSC Selection Board which screens applicants for permanent (regular) items under the PSC plantilla.
With the assistance of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Chairman Juico’s administration organized three (3) Sports Summits on Philippine Sports Development which aimed to define and identify roles and responsibilities of all sectors concerned in the promotion and development of Philippine sports; to consolidate efforts of the private and public sectors in developing Philippine sports; and to review further the gains of the government in the field of sports.
During the second Summit, President Ramos issued a Presidential Directive creating the Philippine National Institute for Sports (PHILSPORTS) which answered the long standing need of the Philippine sports community for a training institute catering to athletes, coaches and trainors. This Summit was highlighted by His Excellency’s instruction to implement the Partnership Program for Philippine Sports (PPSA), a resource mobilization program that seeks the greater participation of the corporate private sector in sports development.
It was also under Juico’s leadership that the inaugural Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendship Games was held in 1996, with then President Fidel V. Ramos gracing the opening ceremonies in General Santos City.
Recognizing the importance of initiating the completion of Philippine sports records, he negotiated with a private group to produce the first audio-visual compact disc on Philippine sports towards the implementation of a Philippine sports databank. Aware of the importance of sports education thru information and communications, he launched the PSC Newsletter for distribution to sports coordinators and practitioners, and colleges and universities nationwide.
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Chairman Lopez’ administration is best remembered for the provision of retirement pay for “Project: Gintong Alay” employees. He also focused on the improvement of the national boxing program which is responsible for the world class and Olympic medal winning performances of Leopoldo Serrantes, Leopoldo Cantancio, Roel Velasco and Mansueto Velasco, Jr.
Seeing the need to enshrine Filipino sports legends and perpetuate their legacy to serve as inspiration for both current athletes and the Filipino youth, he initiated attempts at forming the Hall of Fame but funding problems hampered the project. Initial negotiations were also made to put up a Philippine Sports Academy but funding also prevented the project’s launch.
During his term, the PSC staged the Philippine National Games (PNG), an open-style local Olympics which celebrated Philippine sports as an arena for the display of athletic excellence.
The PCSM was given ample funding and salaries of its personnel were upgraded to allow a highly professional team of medical practitioners to serve the Filipino athletes.
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Chairman Mequi focused on mass-based sports during his term by setting up sports clinics at the barangay level. It was under his administration that the 1st Philippine Sports Summit was held in Baguio City, which aimed to inform the country that sports is not only a competitive activity but also a way of developing a healthy and alert citizenry.
Two offshoots of the summit were: Executive Order 63 creating the national regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay physical fitness and sports development councils (PFSDC); and Executive Order 64, which adopted the national policy and program of ‘Sports for All’ by all concerned agencies based on the Sports Covenant forged during the said summit.
Consistent with the concept of unifying the direction of the Philippine sports program, he organized a Tripartite Meet involving the PSC, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and various national sports associations (NSAs).
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As its founding Chairman, Hechanova formulated the PSC’s Organizational Structure and Plantilla. During his administration, he focused on further developing the National Athletes’ Pool, adopted a System of Athletes’ Classification, and provided allowance adjustments for the national athletes. He also opened a trust account known as the National Sports Development Fund where funding for athletes is deposited.
Prior to the 1991 South East Asian Games (SEAG), he implemented PSC’s visitorial rights to NSA venues and offices within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC), as provided under RA 6847. He created the PSC Monitoring Team to monitor athletes’ training and implementation of their physical fitness prior to participation in the games. These events contributed to the successful hosting of the 1991 Manila SEAG, dubbed as the “Miracle of 1991” where the country placed second to Indonesia with 91 medals in spite of calamities that struck the Philippines in the early months of that year. Also held in the country was the World Chess Olympiad of 1992 which brought over 200 participants to Manila to dispute the world’s top ranks in chess.
Under his term, the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine (PCSM) was launched as a separate entity from the Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines, a private organization of medical practitioners.
He also initiated the establishment of the National Institute of Sports and revived the Private School Athletics Association (PRISAA).
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