All 76 universities, colleges, sports and athletic organizations from across the country agree that there is a need to have a unified body on collegiate sports, as the National Consultative Meeting for Collegiate Sports in Philsports Complex in Pasig City came to a close yesterday.


Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez thanked everyone in attendance and as convenor, announced that the body shall meet again in November to organize its structure, bylaws, guidelines and vote-in officers. "In the meantime, the PSC shall take the initiative to write each of your organizations’ President to formally report on the consensus reached in this 2-day meeting."


Ramirez reiterated the intention of the PSC in bridging the gap between elementary, high school and college level for athletes, “most times, our children do not have much options after elementary or high school. They should have a clear direction on what option they have in the university level." He continued saying that the tertiary level is a part of the agency's pyramid of sports development and that it shoud get equal attention as the grassroots level because this feeds into the elite level of sports."


Aside from this development, the body also agreed to actively pursue collaboration on sports research, scientific coaching and grassroots sports among many suggestions. One important point raised was on protection of coaches against pirating of athletes. Dems Toledo, Sports Director for University of San Agustin said that “we need the safeguarding of local home-grown athletes. Kung kailan sila hinog, tsaka sila kinukuha…nawawala.”


There was a lively exchange of views and opinions but the event ended on a positive note with participants looking forward to the November reconvention.


Manuel Paster Jr. of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) addressed the plenary saying, “kung tayo ay Pilipino, kung mahal natin ng Pilipinas, we have to move and legislate a national federation without losing other organization’s identity.” The body gave its agreement with a loud round of applause.


Chairman Ramirez ended the two-day meeting on a high note saying in closing that “we came here because of character and leadership. Let’s make a difference.”