So far (July 3), President Ferndinand Marcos, Jr. has yet to appoint a new President and Commissioners for the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Sports stakeholders are still awaiting the new PSC Board of Directors as former PSC President William “Butch” Ramirez and former commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Celia Kiram and Arnold Agustin complete their six-year term at noon June 30, being appointed former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte whose term also ended at the same time.
While the wait continues, business continues as usual at PSC as the national sports agency continues to meet the needs of domestic athletes.
A few names have also popped up for the role of PSC chief, including former PBA commissioner Noli Eala, former Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham Mitra, sepak takraw chief Karen Tanchanco Caballero, general secretary of the kickboxing Wharton Chan and head of squash Robert Bachmann.
Whether or not the new PSC President comes from the above list, we sincerely hope and pray that the BBM President chooses someone who not only has a sports background, but also management expertise and a “malasakit”. for Filipino sport (up to grassroots level), especially for national athletes and coaches.
The 2016-2022 PSC Board of Directors ushered in the golden age of Philippine sports with the performance of the PH team with one gold medal, two silver medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics of Tokyo 2020.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz’s only gold medal was one for the books, but the contributions of boxing silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and bronze medalist Eumir Felix Marcial have further raised our hopes and strengthened our national pride that yes, the Filipino can!
World champions have also been produced during the tenure of Sir Butch and his board – gymnast Carlos Yulo (gold on floor in 2019 in Stuttgart, gold on vault in 2021 in Kitakyushu); and boxer Petecio (2019 Aiba Women’s World Boxing Championships).
The Philippines became overall champions when the country hosted the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2019.
The former PSC board has also stepped up grassroots sports programs such as Laro’t Saya sa Parke, Batang Pinoy Championships, Philippine National Games, Indigenous Peoples Games, Women in the sport, children’s games and sports for peace (Bola Hindi Bala), among others. .
As the country battles Covid-19 since 2020, the national sports agency has moved some of its programs online, hosting a series of training seminars, national sports summits and regular sports hours or conversations weekly meetings with sports officials, athletes and coaches.
The revival of the Philippine Sports Institute has also paved the way for PSC services and programs to be felt in the countryside.
The PSC, along with its former Board of Directors, was also involved in the realization of the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) and the National Sports Academy – iconic sports facilities aimed at producing future Olympians and champions of the world and to increase the competitiveness of Filipino athletes on the international stage.
Hoping that the new PSC Board will have representatives from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, much like the composition of the previous Board, to ensure that the National Sports Agency’s Sports For All mantra continues. until 2028.
With that, I thank and congratulate Sir Butch and his Board for a job well done over the past six years. See you later!