The long road to the Comelec will begin at around 8:00 a.m. at the Sports for Peace Mindanao office at GSIS Heights. A mass will follow at the St. Francis Xavier Seminary before the entourage heads to church visits at Maa, Talomo, Fatima, St. Jude, and finally at the San Pedro Cathedral where Ramirez will meet Bishop George Rimando.
Ramirez, who will be running under the council slate of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, will be joined in his entourage by his wife Mercy, Sports For Peace board of director Atty. Ruben Abarquez and supporters from the religious, sports and academe.
“This is it. I have made the decision to enter politics and serve the people of Davao more intimately as member of the council. I bring with me my wealth of experience in the academe and in sports administration,” Ramirez said.
The former Ateneo de Davao sports director will join seven others who will be picked by Mayor Duterte in the first district slate. Ramirez served as the Mayor’s sports consultant before accepting the post as PSC Commissioner and later became the agency’s first chairman from Mindanao.
Ramirez recently finished the International Olympic Committee sports leadership course in the United States. As PSC chairman, he was responsible for fostering ties with the China, Cuba and the Northern Territory Institute of Sports in Darwin, Australia, improving the athlete’s dorm facilities and increase in allowances, and the revival of the Philippine Institute of Sports. It was during his tenure that the Philippines captured the overall title in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Manila.
He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Ateneo de Davao University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree.
Ramirez’s decision to make a run for the council was welcomed by the sports community here with much anticipation.
Councilor Peter Lavina, who is also the President of the Davao City Sports Council, said “he is qualified and he has proven himself as a dedicated sports leader and educator. He can contribute a lot to the City Council.”
Christopher “Bong” Go, executive assistant to the Mayor, in a text message also says Butch “will be an asset to the City Council.”
Meantime, sports coordinators of two of the city’s biggest schools—Joaquin Sarabia of the University of Mindanao and Cholo Elegino of Ateneo de Davao University—will be joining today’s caravan. (NJB-DSA)
Even after serving the Philippine Sports Commission, William “Butch” Ramirez has drawn praises from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
IOC member Francisco J. Elizalde said he is happy that Ramirez has continued his involvment in sports.
“We need people like you that are not only knowledgeable about international and local sports but also have taken the time to learn about the Olympic Movement itself is a reflection on the fact that you truly possess the Olympic Spirit,” said Elizalde.
Elizalde congratulated Ramirez for a job well done during his mandate as chairman of the PSC for not only raising the level of the national athletes performance in many sports and for setting up educational facility, the Philippine Sports Institute.
“My admiration also goes out to you for having done your work in a humble and cooperative mangger in spite of many personal conflicts with Government entities, recalcitrant NSAs and even the POC which were usually resolved in an amicable and fair manner,” said Elizalde.
Ramirez, former PSC chairman, is busy with the upcoming Archdiocese of Davao-Sports for Peace event in celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Archiocese next month.
Ramirez will discuss various topics like physical education and sports to children who will be contributors to nation building, scientific basketball teaching skills program, anatomy of the human body, significance of physical education and sports to children and adults, among others.
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.
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.
The 2008 Inter-Faculty/Employee Basketball Tournament opens on December 13 at the Ladislawa Club gym.
Seeing action are teams from Cor Jesu College of Digos City, St.Mary’s College of Tagum City, Holy Cross of Davao College, San Pedro College, St.Peter’s College of Toril, Davao Doctor’s College, Ateneo de Davao University, Brokenshire College, University of Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception while the Davao Clergy-Archdiocese of Davao and a squad from the Davao City-Local Government Unit led by General Services Officer Atty.Marvin Melodias and City Treasurer Rodrigo Riola will also be invited to be part of the friendly competition.
Tournament director is Helino D. Abrahan Jr. with assistants Diosdado Sodusta and Billy Cruzada.
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who will be playing also for the guest PSC Team, will lead officials in the opening ceremony at 2 p.m.