Philippine Sports Institute: A shot in the arm for Philippine Sports

The future of sports in the Philippines is getting a shot in the arm with the revitalization of the Philippine Sports Institute.

PSC Chairman William I. Ramirez who is an athlete, coach, educator and sports leader recognizes the significant value of the PSIin the achievement of sports excellence in the country. He pointed out that the Institute is “the missing link” in the promotion and development of sports in the Philippines and our becoming competitive in the world of sports.

In an effort to reverse the downhill slide of sports in the country due to unscientific coaching and training, and poor sports administration, the PSIaccording to Ramirez “will become the Center for Training and Development of elite athletes in various sports disciplines as well as the education resource center in the preparation of qualified and competent sports leaders, educators, and sports specialists.”

Chairman Ramirez declared that the PSI located at ULTRAin Pasig Gty will be lithe country’s Sports University that will serve the need for high performance training of elite athletes and the educational enhancement of the sports and physical education profession. ” While other countries have long established their national sports institutes or academies and reaped the golden fruits of their programs, it is never too late to start our very own to give our Filipino athletes a sporting chance for glory and gold in the Olympics, Ramirez added.

The PSIaccording to Ramirez will be the arm of the PSC in providing High Performance Training for the national players in various sports disciplines. To ensure the attainment of the fullest potentials of the Filipino athletes, the Institute will provide scientifically based high performance training through the
Department of Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences and the Department of Research to ensure success
and excellence. Likewise,distinguished experts and coaches from foreign countries will be tapped using
the bilateral agreements signed by the Philippine Government with foreign countries.

In the absence of an institution that offers doctoral degree in sports and physical education in
the Philippines, Ramirez pointed out that the PSI will pioneer in offering a Ph. Sports Administration
as well as Master of Science degrees with areas of specialization in Sports Coaching, Sports
Management, Wellness and lifestyle Management and probably Sports Medicine. Chairman Ramirez
cited that distinguished experts and sports educators from various countries with outstanding sports
and physical education programs will be assembled to serve as pool of experts and lecturers for the
programs. To support the program of the Institute, Chairman Ramirez earmarked SMillion pesos for the
establishment of the most comprehensive sports library in the country and the inclusion of an E-library
to link the Institute to the libraries and resources around the world.

Recognizing that majority of the coaches in the Philippines are lacking in professional preparation to coach effectively, Ramirez said that the PSI will provide the training and educational preparation for coaches through the Continuing Education Program for coaches and sports practitioners.
Certificate programs for coaching, sports administration, fitness and leadership will be offered by the
Institute to address the competency problems of coaches in the Philippines. Furthermore, he said that a
National coaching Certification Standards and accreditation will be implemented to ensure that all
individuals wanting to coach posses the necessary training and competencies to promote excellence in
performance of their athletes.

According to Chairman Ramirez, the PSIwill be able to serve the needs of the National Sports Associations in the training of their athletes and coaches, the Higher Education Institutions, Department of Education, Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, as well as corporate and religious organizations, local government units, the youth and the country as a whole in promoting excellence and national
pride through sports.

As a whole, the Philippine Sports Institute is actually laying a strong foundation for Philippine sports as it aims to produce a new breed of athletes and sports professionals, sports leaders, and specialists with high levels of competence, ethical, moral values and strong commitment to excellence in sport and in life. With the strong support of the PSC Board of Commissioners and the positive feedbacks from sports professionals and leaders for the PSI,a new dawn in Philippine sports has arrived.

Akilo Thomson is new PSC commissioner

Malacanang announced on July 29 the appointment of GILLIAN AKIKO THOMSON as Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission replacing Jose Y. Mundo.

The announcement came within10 days of the opening of the 2008 Beijing OlympicGames and shows positivesteps that President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo is bent on re-invigorating the sports agency as it prepares for the country’s participation in this year’s Olympics,as well as the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos, the 1st Youth Olympics in 2010 in Singapore, and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London, United Kingdom.

AkikoThomson is an accomplished Filipinoswimmer. She was born in UnitedStates (where she grew up) to an Americanfather and part-Japaneselpart-Filipino mother. She joined swimming in the Southeast Asian Games in 1991where she earned 2 gold medals in the 100Mand 200M backstrokeevents and 2 silvers in the 50M and 100M Freestyle events. In 1992, she was a member of the Philippine Swimming at the Barcelona Olympics. She is currently the Secretary General of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association until her
appointment which was signed by the President yesterday.

Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez thanked outgoing Commissioner Joey Mundo for his “many valuable contributions to Philippine sports” and at the same time welcomed the incoming Commissioner to join the PSC Team as it surges towards its goal of excellence in sports.

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Eliminations: August 3,  2008 /  Deadline: August 15,  2008

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RP, Spain officials sign Sports Cooperation Agreement

RP-SPAIN SPORTS PACT: Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William I. Ramirez and His Excellency Luis Arias Romero, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Philippines as they conclude the Memorandum of Agreement signing. They are witnessed by the following PSC officials (left to right): Senior Executive Assistant Wilfredo Roldan, Executive Director Fr. Vicente Uy, SVD, Commissioner Ambrosio de Luna, Cultural Attache of the Spanish Embassy, Javier Laporta, and DFA Assistant Secretary Rey Carandang.

The Philippine and Spanish governments signed today a Program on Sports Cooperation Agreement at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila.

PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez represented the Philippine government while His Excellency Luis Arias Romero, Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines represented his Kingdom.  Javier Laporta, Cultural Attaché of the Spanish Embassy in Manila, together with DFA Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Rey Carandang, PSC Commissioners Ambrosio de Luna and Eric Loretizo, and Executive Director Fr. Vicente Uy, SVD witnessed the signing of this historic bilateral agreement.

The Program for Sports Cooperation is a project proposed by Senators Jose Manuel Barquero of Spain, and Edgardo J. Angara of the Philippines under the RP-Spain Agreement on Parliamentary Cooperation.

The Program underlines the common desire of establishing sports cooperation and collaboration and the maintenance of fundamental sports principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter, most especially fostering the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

Chairman Ramirez and Ambassador Arias then exchanged brief messages as they also shook hands immediately after the signing of the bilateral agreement.

For his part, Chairman Ramirez said that the agreement is very timely and will greatly contribute in strengthening the programs of the Philippine Sports Institute currently undergoing restructuring.

“In the pursuance of our dream to produce the best athletes, we need the Institute [PSI] as a solution to our problems facing Philippine sports,” said Ramirez.  “Together with the Spanish High Council for Sports, we can now look towards producing highly qualified and competent educators, scholars, and sports specialists with masters and doctorate degrees in various fields of sports and sports management,” he added.

It would be recalled that the Institute was re-activated recently and had since been vigorously reaching out to all sectors of grassroots sports in its campaign to educate and accredit coaches and sports practitioners nationwide.

“We intend to tap Spanish expertise to benefit our local coaching staff,” the Chairman said.  “With the agreement now in place, we can explore the possibilities of inviting Spanish coaches and experts to lecture on their respective areas of specialization as part of the Foreign Visiting Professors/Lecturers of the PSI under the government – to – government arrangement,” he declared.

Under the two-pronged approach of the Institute, the PSI will focus on the high performance training of elite athletes, to include sports science and sports medicine as well as anti-doping among the others. At the same time, the Institute will offer relevant programs to produce highly competent educators in sports who will eventually carry on the cudgels of continuing education for future sports leaders, and also address the educational needs of our athletes, considered as the “missing link” in Philippine sports.

“We will not stop at this,” Ramirez declared.  “We will continue to look for other countries with whom we can establish similar agreements that will benefit the Institute, our athletes and coaches, and the Philippine sporting community in general,” he added.  “This will be made possible through the continued support and assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs,” the Chairman said.

Busy sked for Philippine Sports Commission-Mindanao Satellite Office guys

PSC-Mindanao Satellite Office head Joseph B. Encabo presides over the meeting attended by  local sports coordinators and Jonathan Miral of Medco (extreme left). At extreme right is PSC consultant Ed Fernandez.

The PSC-Mindanao Satellite Office guys are busy nowadays.

First, they will be getting ready for the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines (BIMP-EAGA) Games in November in Brunei.

They are urging local government units to start preparing early too to form Team Mindanao and comply with the requirements for travel like passports of the athletes and plane fare requirement. The PSC will shoulder the uniforms, hotel accommodations and allowances for the players.

Second, the Mindanao Friendship Games will be back in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on November 10 to 15.  The champions will get a chance to play for the country in the Arafura Games in Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia in May next year.

Third, the holding of Sports Summits and Clinics in various areas in Mindanao are being requested by various Local Government Unit heads. The PSC has faciliated the coming of resource speakers for the events.

On Wednesday, seven speakers from Manila arrived in Davao City to conduct the Davao del Norte Province Sports Clinic that starts on Thursday in Tagum City.

Chairman Butch Ramirez updates on Beijing Olympics

Phil. Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez gives an update to Davao sportswriters about the country’s preparations for Beijing Olympics that opens on August 8.He expressed confidence that the national athletes will fare well in the event. Of the 15-athlete delegation, two are from Davao, divers Rexel Ryan Fabriga and Shiela Mae Perez.DAVAO SPORTSWRITERS ASSN.