Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00
by Moses Billacura
Edge Davao-The Business Paper
A news report noted that the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) received P16.8 million this year from the world’s governing body, FIFA.
But there has also been unconfirmed allegations of “topsy-turvy” accounting of the funds that resulted to the issuance of bouncing checks to certain provincial affiliates and coaches. Provincial affiliates refers to provincial associations like the Davao Football Association.
I sought a reaction to the news report from DFA president Pops Vilela to check if they receive financial support from the PFF, but I guess coach Pops opts to remain silent on this controversy.
The PFF is a lucky national sports association because FIFA is generous to the federation.
The real question for coach Pops to answer happens to be: Is the PFF generous also to the DFA?
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I envy PFF officials because they enjoy millions of pesos in yearly donations and issue checks to their affiliates, but the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-Abled (Philspada) Davao City chapter headed by sports coordinator Armando Amancio does not enjoy this kind of privilege.
It is very sad to note that despite the contributions of Davao City differently-abled athletes to the national team, they still up to now have a hard time raising funds for their training, equipment, transportation, board and lodging.
I can still recall when Davao’s wheelchair basketball team placed third in an international competition some few years back, and when legless swimmer Ernie Cawilan won three gold medals (100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters freestyle) for the country in this year’s 5th Southeast Asian Para Games in Kuala Lumpur. However, Armando Amancio, the hardworking coordinator, has been confronted with the lack of funds, or even no funds at all.
Who will end Armando’s and the differently-abled athletes’ sufferings?
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The Philippine Sports Commission has plans to revive the Philippine National Games (PNG) and Batang Pinoy Championships next year.
The problem, however, is that the Department of Budget and Management slashed the sports agency’s budget to P168 million, 52 million less than its current 2010 budget.
The PNG, first organized in 1994 and patterned after the British Commonwealth Games, is an open national championships where athletes can represent their city or province. And if you are not funded by your local government unit and decide to compete on your own, you can also join as an Unattached Athlete. After the regular competition, the ParaGames will immediately follow to feature the best differently-abled athletes.
The Batang Pinoy is a national youth games featuring the best teenage players who will be pitted against the best athletes from other parts of the country. The intention is to discover at an early age the potential athletes who will be selected to become part of the national development pool of athletes and eventually represent the country to the Youth Olympic Games.
PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia of Bacolod would really want the events back in action because it has been quite some time that these events have been shelved. And this is an early announcement that all local government units must get ready by drafting the budgetary requirements in case the events push through next year.
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Happy birthday to Susan Paredes of National Broadcasting Network Davao, Ateneo classmate Gilbert Gamolo, now TV director of ABS-CBN Cebu and former Sun Star reporter and now Medco information officer, Oibone Enobio.