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.
Former Manila congressman Harry Angping, who replaced William “Butch” Ramirez as chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, is facing trouble this early with the members of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Angping is also responsible for abolishing the Mindanao Office of the PSC.
Good thing, the retrenched employees here in Davao City are very professional.
Joseph B. Encabo, the former Mindanao head, said they respected the memo faxed by a PSC Manila staff stating the abolishment of the office based in Davao.
The presence of the Mindanao Office is the only indicator that the PSC exists in Mindanao. And they abolished it. Wow.
Angping abolished it because they are observing austerity measures. Austerity measures?
I hope that is really very true.
Reports say that PSC chairman Butch Ramirez is running for either barangay captain, councilor or congressman in Davao City.
After 10 years in the national sports agency, Ramirez is coming home.
If he wins in 2010, his experience in the PSC will be a very big asset to the sports development efforts of the local government.
Former Manila congressman Harry Angping is replacing Ramirez as the new chairman on Feb.2.
Fr.Romeo Saniel in action for guest team PSC.(DAVAO SPORTSWRITERS ASSN.)
Chairman Butch Ramirez (7th from left) with the UM team.(DAVAO SPORTSWRITERS ASSN.)
Holy Cross of Davao College battles University of the Immaculate Conception in the crossover semifinals of the 2008 Inter-Faculty/Employee Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 27, at the Holy Cross of Davao College gym.
Game time is at 8 a.m.
Ateneo de Davao University plays University of Mindanao at 9:30 a.m. for the other semis game with the winners advancing to the championship on December 28 at 11 a.m. after the 8 a.m. battle for third place.
Philippine Sports Commission and fellow guest team General Services Office-City Treasurer’s Office will play a “championship” game at 9:30 a.m.
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez is expected to see action against the GSO-CTO squad led by his former varsity player Atty.Marvin “Oying” Melodias, Davao City’s general services officer and City Treasurer Rodrigo “Ojek” Riola.
Chairman Ramirez with General Services Officer Marvin “Oying” Melodias (5th from left) and City Treasurer (6th from left) and the rest of the GSO-CTO members.(DSA)
inter-faculty/employee basketball tournament
holy cross of davao college gym
dec.27, crossover semis
8 a.m.- holy cross of davao college vs. university of the immaculate conception
9:30 a.m.- ateneo de davao university vs. university of mindanao
8 a.m.- for third place
9:30 a.m.- phil.sports commission vs. general services office-city
treasurer’s office (guest teams’ championship)
11 a.m.- championship
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez has called on Mindanaoans to study at the Mindanao State University-Marawi City for sports courses being offered under the auspices of the Philippine Sports Institute.
Foundation University in Dumaguete City, he said, is the other school that has tied up with the PSI which will start accepting enrollees starting next summer for the various courses leading to a college, master’s and doctoral degree.
“We hope that our sports community members will be properly educated because we believe that their sports education will fill the many gaps in sports development in their communities,” he said in an interview by ABS-CBN Davao on Saturday after a talk with teachers and students who joined the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-XI Basketball Tournament at the Davao Wisdom Academy.
Certificate program in the fields of coaching, management, leadership, officiating, event management, nutrition, marketing, journalism, tourism, facilities management, strength training and conditional, first aid, injury and rehabilitation, sports psychology, fitness management, sports programming and community sports development are being offered.
The Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs in sports and physical education administration are the initial offering of the PSI.
Prof.Henry Daut, PSI coordinator, said that enrolling for the master’s degree will not necessarily mean that the student should first be a sports management graduate to qualify. “Any undergraduate courses that you have finished, you are all welcome to enroll in the master’s,” he said.