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Romero wants 1-million signatures to lobby for creation of ‘Department of Sports’


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.

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  • Karlo Silverio Sevilla III

    Here in the Quezon City Sports Division, we’ve begun coordinating with our city’s Division of City Schools (under DepEd), the NSAs and the PSC in producing talented athletes for the city and, ultimately, for the country. Beginning last year, most of our winning athletes in the Palarong Pambansa are the same ones competing for the regional and national games of the PSC (currently the Batang Pinoy and the PHL National Games). It is up to the PSC and NSAs of the different sports to take notice of our winning athletes, to record in their data banks the profiles and competition backgrounds of each, and to organize competitions which will serve as try-outs for the recruitment of their respective national teams.

    We want to do our part in giving the authorities of Philippine sports the chance to cast a wider net to a wider pool of talents, and to maximize the probability of catching future elite athletes. And, upon recruitment by the national teams of the different sports, to be supported by the PSC as mandated by our government — whether financial support is sufficient (as hoped for) or otherwise (sadly).

    For funding, the financial support provided by the PSC and LGUs will never be enough. Indeed, the support of the private sector is needed — unless our government truly prioritizes sports and follows the national sports policies and programs of Cuba and China.

    Clarification: The POC, unlike the PSC, is NOT a government agency. Rather, it’s a private organization which functions as our country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), as a duly-recognized member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

  • labcu

    I totally disagree with this proposal because the creation of another department will allot another budget, alloting another budget is creating another milking cow. Strengthening the sports program of the DECS is enough. during the 70’s n 80’s the Philippines produces international athletes through the Palarong Pambansa in which the best athletes from the different schools compete for supremacy to represent the country in international sports competion like Lydia de Vega and Elma Muros in athletics, the group of Akiko Thompson in swimming and those that represent the country in equestrian, fencing, taekwondo and boxing. Today what is happening in the government through the NSA, PSC and POC is to train other people instead of the Palarong Pambansa winners. The sad thing is despite the creation of these 3 agencies nothing happened, Philippine sports become a laughing stock in the international scene. Their output/outcome never commensurate with the budget alloted for the purpose. The best thing to do is to abolish these 3 agencies strengthen the sports pogram of DECS by institutionalizing the Physical Education subject/program, provision of complete international standard sports facilities and equipment in every schools or even in just every provinces of the country and the provision of full incentive program to these young athletes. Raw and potential athletes are found in the provinces those farmers and fishermen who at a young age their physical bodies and endurance are tested by hardwork in the farm and at sea. NO NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER LAW, NO NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER DEPARTMENT NO NEED TO ALLOT ANOTHER BUDGET!

  • ern

    We do not need another department for that. Republic act lang ang kailangan nyan para magkaroon ng stable funding/financing. Tumatakbo ba kayo sa partylist? Kung hindi e you are not serious about your turf at pera lang talaga ang gusto nyo.

    Ipahawak na lang yang sports as a bureau sa DILG

  • Mamerto

    hindi pa itong ‘Sports Department’…, eh…, ang dami na nang anomaliya.
    Eh, lalo mas malaki ang budgit, mas malaki din ang ‘kupit’…, di ba…?

  • markus32

    Tumpak yan! kahit ako na lang pipirma ng 1 million, di ako mangagawit..:-) i-abolish na ang PSC, POC, at tanggaling na ang “S” s DECS, for there should be one governing body for all of sports. Binubuwaya lang ni Peping ang mga atletang pinoy. This is what Mikee wants, mapalitan ang matagal ng nghahari sa Sports Commision, pero wala rin namang ngyayari.

  • Jane Tan

    Is this happening because the department of agriculture is no longer a safe department to use in the embezzlement of funds?

  • speedstream2

    Any proposal to create a new department, well-intentioned it may be, will meet rough sailing because the prevailing mindset in government and among the citizenry is to trim the bureaucracy, not add to it. What can probably be done, in the case of sports development, are a few tweaks to set things right in the existing concerned department and simultaneously ratchet up private sector participation.

  • mon key

    to get Philippine Sports on track, DepEd or who ever manages the Regional Athletic Competitions should look into the rigging of games in the city, province and regional levels.

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