Butch Ramirez returns as PSC chairman

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2016 07:56 PM
Butch Ramirez returns as PSC chairman
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Butch Ramirez returns as chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission. (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo's Instagram account @dyancastillejo)

The development of sports in the country and further promotion of the grassroots program are the marching orders for incoming Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez.

Ramirez accepted the position given to him by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte two days ago making him a returning chair of the country’s sports department after holding the position during the term of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2005 to 2008.

“Sino ba ang makakatanggi sa President especially if it’s for the country and for him. Saka sports is very close to my heart,” said Ramirez, who resigned from the PSC positon back in 2008 after the Beijing Olympics and served as Ateneo de Davao’s athletic director.

Under Ramirez’s watch, the country successfully hosted the 2005 Southeast Asian Games where the Philippines also became the overall champion with a total of 113 gold medals. He stepped down from his position after the PHI team’s unsuccessful campaign in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Part of his master plan is to revive the creation of the Philippine Sports Institute in Ultra and to set up provincial training centers to scour the country of potential talents that will fill the national pool of athletes.

“This will be the center of sports education for coaches, sports science, officiating and accreditation,” added Ramirez, who will replace Richie Garcia.

He added that he will put up satellite training centers in different regions of the country to develop and scout athletes.

“For example, we are planning to put nine training centers in Luzon, in Visayas four or five, and in Mindanao seven. So with this program we’ll be able to give athletes to the NSAs (national sports associations) who are training in the center,” said Ramirez.

Ramirez also wanted to give athletes as much international exposure as possible to sharpen their skills, the PSC to receive a mandated 5% fund from PAGCOR – which has a gross income of P2 billion a month,   and stronger partnership with the corporate sector and the need for modern sports facilities.

The new PSC head tapped PBA legend Mon Fernandez as one of his commissioners while the other three will be named soon.

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