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PSC opens Mindanao satellite office

by RG Alama

Davao City (1 March) -- Digging from his own pockets, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez has initiated his plan into reality with the opening of the PSC Satellite office in Mindanao.

Located in a rented house along Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City, the office is the first extension center in Mindanao of the Sports office since it was established in 1990.

"Dugay na ni na plano "(it was planned long ago) Ramirez said. The PSC chair admitted that some of his colleagues were not enthusiastic in creating the satellite office. To expedite his initiative Ramirez dug in from his own pockets to purchase essential office equipment like a personal computer, a TV set, office tables and chairs.

The Chairman said he will seek for reimbursements later, saying that the purchases were duly approved by the board, except that he cannot wait for the budget to come in. Ramirez also takes pride in renting the house located in a prime suburb in the city which he said can double as a lodging center for visiting PSC officials and staff instead of the visitors going to hotels.

The five-man Mindanao office will be headed by Joseph Encabo. He envisions the office to facilitate the easier coordination with various Local Government Units in Mindanao. "They (LGUs) can approach us here in our office" Ramirez said. Collaboration for various programs like coaches' education symposium, sports congress, summits and sports activities can be partnered through the satellite office.

Ramirez admitted the office here of the PSC is also meant to correct the Sports Commission's flaws. "For many years the existence of PSC was not really clear to the LGUs. They did not feel our presence. There is neither a sportsmap nor a blueprint for sports here in Mindanao." Ramirez said.

With the satellite office the PSC and the LGUs can now outline the direction of sports here in the island at the same time help implement the country's grassroots sports development program.

Although currently the PSC is operating on a very meager budget mostly coming from the Chair's own money, Ramirez who was once an Ateneo de Davao basketball coach and Davao City Sports Consultant before joining the PSC, said he will try to link up with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to ask for help in the operations of the PSC Satellite office. (PIA) [top]

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