I GOT a message from Rep. Samsam Gullas last Wednesday, a reaction to what I wrote last time (Politics will derail Talisay Sports Academy) and what the congressman said is music to a sports fan’s ear.
The Academy won’t be dependent on funds from Talisay City.
“I know politics will always play a part in the implementation of the sports academy, but for the funding, we could ask from the national government, which will be able to help us,” Samsam said in his message.
“If we will ask the funds from Talisay, it would be difficult even if the mayor is allied with me. They can help with the implementation of the policies, but in terms of funds for the infrastructure, we need to ask it from the national government, so it would be included in the GAA,” he said.
Now why did I say that Talisay politics would be a hindrance. Like I said, if you heard what Talisay City mayor said in his Soca last time, when he said that though Talisay was spared by Typhoon Yolanda, it wasn’t spared by Typhoon Alayon, then you’d know any project involving Samsam and JVR would be an exercise in futility.
But it’s good that Samsam says they can go around that roadblock because a Talisay Sports Academy and Training Center, funded by the national government could be the answer to Talisay sports woes.
What is the problem in Talisay City sports? Well, what is Talisay City sports aside from a basketball cup from the mayor?
I remember once, a coach formed a girls futsal team and went on to win a gold medal in the Batang Pinoy Visayas elimination sans support from the LGU. The coach visited JVR and was given P50--yes, Fifty freakin’ pesos