THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, will continue to push for grassroots sports development in Mindanao.
Last Tuesday, the PSC reached an agreement with the University of Mindanao, represented by President Dr. Guillermo Torres Jr. for cooperation on the creation and implementation of grassroots sports development in Mindanao through the University of Mindanao.
“I’m very happy with such a visionary leader like Dr. Torres. He’s an educator, racer, and former track and field athlete. I think we must respond to his vision.” said Ramirez during the formal signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Torres at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
“This is historic for us to partner with the Philippine Sports Commission. We initiated the grassroots development track and field oval. In fact, we already had several small meets for elementary and high school even before the pandemic and we had support from the PSC. We just want to expand it on a wider scale so that one of these days, it’ll be a track and field of champions and superstars from Davao and Mindanao” shared Torres.
Under the agreement, the PSC will provide the necessary technical and financial support for the creation and implementation of grassroots sports development policies, programs, projects, and activities for the University of Mindanao, and take necessary steps to ensure the sustainability of projects.
UM, for its part, will develop the policies, programs, projects, and activities for the University of Mindanao.
UM will also provide the training center/venues for the development and implementation of joint programs, projects, and activities to be undertaken and make resources available such as venues, local transportation, and other necessary assistance.
Ramirez and Torres also announced the holding of the Mindanao Invitational Athletics Tournament — a joint project to be held on May 30.
“We are very happy with this initiative,: Ramirez.
Also present during the MOU signing were PSC Commissioners Celia Kiram, Arnold Agustin, and Charles Raymond Maxey, along with Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr, Deputy Executive Director Merlita Ibay, Dir. Christine Abellana and Chief of Staff and National Training Director Marc Edward Velasco.