Romero wants 1-million signatures to lobby for creation of ‘Department of Sports’
More News from Celest R. Flores
More News from INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines — The first step for the “permanent and winning” solution for all the troubles of Philippine Sports today is to get it heard.
Get 1 million signatures — that’s what young sportsman Dr. Mikee Romero plans to do first in his advocacy for reform, starting with the creation of Department of Sports (DOS).
“I, myself, want to undertake a one-million signature campaign program from the awareness of athletes asking for the creation of DOS,” said Romero in a speech late Saturday.
According to Romero, the DOS is the “permanent solution to the funding and infrastructure problems of the Philippine sports program.”
“It will serve as the new platform for Philippine sports, the foundation of which is to build the blocks of modern and result oriented sports program,” Romero added.
Romero was the guest speaker in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) awards night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel.
To get the ball rolling for the elaborate signature campaign, Romero said he is doling out P200,000 as “seed money.”
The dynamic businessman, who also owns GlobalPort in the PBA, spoke before all athletes being feted, National Sports Association (NSA) heads, and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair Richie Garcia and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr.
“I strongly believe this [that] we need structural reforms, meaning we have to reform with the indulgence of our PSA chair and POC heads,” said Romero.
Romero spent the first 10 minutes of his speech talking about the country’s medial drought in the Olympics and other international competitions.
“Philippines sports is the sole unifying factor in bringing together a diversified nation. We need a new platform, structure and organ to propel us to greater heights,” he said.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94