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THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will care for sports like no other.

With this assurance, newly-appointed PSC Chairman Noli Eala marked his first day of office (Sept.1) since his appointment as head of the government sports agency by President Marcos last Tuesday.

The well-known sportscaster-turned- sports leader vowed to sustain the success of the past PSC officials, develop and promote sports in the grassroots and reach out to the private sector, similar to the golden years of the Gintong Alay program.

“We have made great strides in the last few years in sports,” Eala said in a statement.

The 59-year-old official, who also served as PBA Commissioner, assured the PSC will have a new face and a new energy after meeting with different officers of the sports agency.

On Friday, Eala also joined PSC Commissioner Bong Coo, executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy and other employees during the first Friday mass inside the PSC Office at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Eala’s full statement:

“Sports has always been my passion. My involvement in sports for the last 33 years is a testimony to this. Never did it cross my mind that I would be given this honor and privilege to lead the PSC and our country’s sports agenda. I would like to thank the President for this opportunity to serve Philippine sports again.

We have made great strides in the last few years in sports. My new administration will seek to ensure sustainability of the success of our programs for the long term.

I will carry out the mandates of the PSC to develop and promote sports in the grassroots as a tool towards nation building and unity, and ensure full and enhanced support for our national athletes in their continued quest to bring honor and glory to our country.

We will continue with programs that will further strengthen our sports initiatives. We will create pathways for all to get involved in sports while ensuring that elite athletes are provided with all they need to be successful. We will reach out to the private sector, similar to the golden years of the Gintong Alay program, to harness their support for all stakeholders of sports.

Today, I reported for work and had an initial meeting with officers of the agency discussing matters from basic housekeeping to urgent pending matters needing immediate attention and action.

We target to have all these clarified and studied in preparation for the formal convening of the board.

It was a productive first day at the office. There are many things to be done, but I am hopeful and eager to start working.

The PSC will have a new face and new energy.

The PSC, under my watch, will care for sports like no other.”

Meanwhile, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol: Tolentino said he hopes to work harmoniously with Eala in pushing for sports development.

“A wonderful choice by our President BBM (Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.) because he (Eala) is a sportsman himself and has been involved in sports for many decades,” said Tolentino in a Facebook post.

“He surely knows the needs of athletes and coaches in all sports federations.”

Both Eala and Tolentino are expected to work together to duplicate, if not surpass, the country’s historic gold-medal achievement in Tokyo courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the world championships of gymnast Caloy Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, karateka Junna Tsukii and the World Cup-bound Philippine women’s football team.


Date: September 3, 2022 | By:  Ed Andaya  | Newspaper: Journal News | Source: