THE clock is ticking for all national sports associations which have so far failed to account for the financial assistance given them by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)

The message is very clear: liquidate or face suspension by Sept. 30.

“There will be no compromise. They (NSAs) have to liquidate by the end of the month to meet the requirements of the Commission on Audit (CIA). Otherwise, all financial support from the PSC will be suspended,” said PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.

“It’s the law, so we have to implement it. We have to suspend financial assistance. Sayang naman yun preparation nila para sa SEA Games,” explained Ramirez.

“The would like to clarify that as private entities being supported by the government, funding is not a right, but a privilege.”

Ramirez also urged Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas to ask the NSAs to follow the law and submit the requirements needed to get the COA clearance.

He also explained that providing financial assistance directly to the athletes defeats the purpose of following the law of liquidation by the NSAs.

“Yan ang ginagawa natin at diretso na nakikipag-usap sa mga atleta. Pero hindi ito sapat para matugunan ng mga NSAs ang sinasabi sa batas, na tamang pag-liquidate,” explained Ramirez.

In a Ripples Daily report by Randy Caluag, the PSC identified the NSAs which have failed to account for the financial aid which they received from the government and supposedly used for training of athletes and competitions abroad.

Included in the list of the more than 50 NSAs with unliquidated accounts are athletics, baseball, billiards, boardsailing, bowling, chess, cycling, football, judo, karate, little league , sailing, softball, swimming, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, windsurfing and wrestling,.

Of the list, sailing, is on top with unliquidated amount of P14 million.

The Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) is second on the list with P12.262 million.

Also in the list are Wrestling Association of the Philippines, Philippine Karatedo Association, National Chess Federation of the Philippines and Philippine Volleyball Association.

Severals NSAs, on the hand, have already been cleared by the PSC.

Leading the NSAs which have already complied with the COA requirements are the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, Philippine Sepak Takraw Federation, Gymnastics Association of the Philippines and Philippine National Shooting Association.



Date: September 10, 2018 | By: Ed Andaya | Newspaper: Tonight | Source: