PSC programs to go full blast in Mindanao

 PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez has directed commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey to go full blast in promoting the agency’s grassroots sports development programs in Mindanao.

Ramirez, in a recent meeting here with Maxey, oversight commissioner for Mindanao, said: “We must take a move and make our programs felt in Mindanao.”

The PSC chief said Mindanao has long been neglected in previous administrations. Thus, its people must experience the PSC programs under the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

“Plan for your programs and calendar of activities for 2018 and present it during the upcoming coordinators meeting,” he told Maxey and the rest of the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) Davao coordinators who were also present during the meeting held at Cafe Demitasse along F. Torres here.

Ramirez said that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) committed to support the PSC’s grassroots sport programs.

“I have talked to DILG Usec (Austere) Panadero and Deped Usec (Tonisito) Umali and they are very much willing to help and support our grassroots programs. Mas klaro na jud atong partnerships karon (Our partnerships are clearer now),” Ramirez added.

Two days later after that meeting with Ramirez, Maxey met with PSI national deputy training director Henry Daut and PSI Davao coordinators at the Ateneo de Davao University Community Center along Emilio Jacinto Street to discuss that direction of PSC in Mindanao.

“We will revive the Mindanao Friendship Games starting next year and we will start the open water swimming program in March,” Maxey said, adding that they will map out schedule on LGU visits before the relaunch of the MFG that only had three editions staged in the past – Tubod, Lanao del Norte in 2001, Cagayan de Oro City in 2002 anbd Mati City in 2003.

In line with the launching of the Mindanao open water swimming program to be held in Davao City in March, a train the trainers program in open water swimming, diving, beach volleyball and beach football, among others, will be conducted sometime in February. Details of which will be presented during the PSI Coordinators Annual Evaluation Session set today and tomorrow at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.

The PSC and PSI will still continue holding consultative meetings, Children’s Games, tribal games, coaches’ education programs and Smart ID testing in Mindanao as well as in other parts of the country. PSC-PSI

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