MANILA -- The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) reiterated its stand, recognizing the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as the sole authority on amateur sports in the country, and as such, PSC has the power to endorse organizations seeking endorsement and recognition as a team representing the country in international sports competitions.
In a letter to Department of Education Assistant Secretary Tony Umali, in-charge of Legislative Affairs, Partnerships and External Linkages, and School Sports, Ched chairperson Patricia Licuanan said that requests to endorse sports organizations to represent the country in various international sports competitions, organization and governing bodies should be directed to the PSC and not the Ched.
“These are powers belonging to the PSC,” Licuanan said in the letter, pertaining to the provisions of Republic Act 6847, the law which created the PSC in 1990.
This developed after several groups were referred to the Ched to seek endorsement to represent the country in various sports-related events and which were consequently turned down by the said agency.
PSC Chairman William Ramirez expressed his appreciation of the Ched's acknowledgment of the government sports agency’s role and authority in amateur sports.
“We thank Ched for this nod. When we put things in order, it is easier for us to work together for development. Both Ched and Deped are valuable partners of the PSC in sports development among the youth,” Ramirez said.
The PSC will hold a National Consultative Meeting for Collegiate Sports at the Philsports Multipurpose Arena in Pasig City on October 17 and 18 to help bolster support for sports in the collegiate level.
“University sports has always played a big role in elite sports. It has been a rich ground of sports talent and we want to continue to support them,” the PSC chief added.
The meeting serves as a follow-up to the previous gathering with school-based athletic associations held in November last year.
“PSC is very serious in strengthening grassroots sports. School sports is a pertinent component of that effort,” he said. (PR)