SUDDENLY, there is a rush to push for the development of grassroots and elite sports programs in the country.
So all these years, there was none?
Kidding aside, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is looking to further sustain its momentum with a newly chartered plan for Philippine Sports and fresh achievements both in the elite and grassroots sports.
PSC Chairman Noli Eala recently met with officials from 68 out of 74 national sports associations (NSAs) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and asserted the need for mutual respect between the agency and the NSAs, and responsible autonomy rooted in transparent management of government funds.
Aside from laying out the agency’s plans and programs, Eala also laid out the framework of his administration’s national sports agenda, saying the PSC will establish a pathway to success beginning with the “Duyan ng Magiting” or the “Cradle of the Brave” at the grassroots level leading to the tweaked version of the Gintong Alay which we will call Project: Gintong Laban which is to be implemented at the elite level.”
Eala added improving the relationship with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is also a top priority for the PSC.
Apart from strengthening ties with the NSAs, Eala and Commissioner Bong Coo also ensured the PSC’s continued support to elite athletes even with a full board yet to be completed.
The PSC hopes to romp its achievement that includes the gold medal win of Filipina weightlifting superstar Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo, who clinched the crown at the 2022 IWF World Weightlifting Championship in Bogota, Colombia; Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Carlo Paalam’s gold medal romp at the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan; Olympic gymnast Caloy Yulo’s silver and bronze medal win at the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships; and new jiu-jitsu world champions courtesy of Meggie Ochoa and Kimberly Anne Custodio, among others.
Before the year ended, the PSC also successfully conducted the return of the Batang Pinoy National Championships, hosted by the Province of Ilocos Sur from December 17 to 21. Over 6000 delegates from 140 cities and municipalities nationwide competed in the 17 sporting disciplines for face-to-face and virtual competitions.