Mission Statement

To serve as the prime catalyst and advocate for the propagation and development of Philippine sports by helping shape policies and setting priorities through the following:

● coordinating and implementing a national sports program;

● creating equitable opportunities for participation in sports by all sectors;

● providing assistance to stakeholders and partners;

● supporting the specially talented athletes for high level competitions; and

● promoting the development of those physical qualities and moral values which is the basis of sports.

 Vision

A Commission with a unified sports program which will enhance the quality of life of the Filipinos, instill national pride and attain international prestige through excellence in sports.

●Increased participation in sports by Filipinos; and

●Excellence in sports performance by Filipinos.

Objective

In view of the foregoing guiding principles, vision and mission statement, the PSC will pursue two basic objectives :

● Increased participation in sports by Filipinos; and

● Excellence in sports performance by Filipinos.

 

Mission Statement

To serve as the prime catalyst and advocate for the propagation and development of Philippine sports by helping shape policies and setting priorities through the following:

● coordinating and implementing a national sports program;

● creating equitable opportunities for participation in sports by all sectors;

● providing assistance to stakeholders and partners;

● supporting the specially talented athletes for high level competitions; and

● promoting the development of those physical qualities and moral values which is the basis of sports.

 Vision

A Commission with a unified sports program which will enhance the quality of life of the Filipinos, instill national pride and attain international prestige through excellence in sports.

●Increased participation in sports by Filipinos; and

●Excellence in sports performance by Filipinos.

Objective

In view of the foregoing guiding principles, vision and mission statement, the PSC will pursue two basic objectives :

● Increased participation in sports by Filipinos; and

● Excellence in sports performance by Filipinos.

 

Profile

PSC Profile

The birth of the Philippine Sports Commission was championed in the 1987 Philippine Constitution declaring the importance of sports in forming a healthy and functioning citizenry.

But even at the onset of the 20th century, sports already posed as a vital component of the Filipino lifestyle as upheld by the formation of various governing sports bodies, which would later pave the way for the creation of a main umbrella organization that is PSC.

 

IN RETROSPECT: Early government sports bodies

The first known government sports organization was the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (PAAF), established in 1911 when the country was still under the American administration. The spirit behind the organization, as stated in the Federation’s Handbook, was to resolve the ongoing “menace of professionalism” and erosion in Philippine sports. The first set of officers was an all-American, including then U.S. Governor-General W. Cameron Forbes as its president.

With the proliferation of amateur sports in the country and in the wake of some developments in the international meets in the 1960s, the Association for the Advancement of Amateur Athletic (AAAA) came into existence. It was described to be a “kinetic and progressive” group of young sports leaders who thought that a change in the PAAF system was unavoidable and indispensable.

In order to map out ways of effecting the change deemed necessary, a historic meeting among AAAA representatives, leaders of different sports, the Press, and advocates of the PAAF was convened on November 18, 1960. This resulted to the forging of a composite bill passed by the Senate and House of Representatives and approved by the President of the Philippines. Consequently, a new PAAF Charter was created, which ensued the decentralization of the Federation’s activities and granting autonomy to the various National Sports Associations.

Another milestone in the Philippines sports history was the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 604 pursuing the establishment of the Department of Youth and Sports Development (DYSD) in 1974 as the new government sports authority under President Ferdinand Marcos’s regime. This abolished PAAF, transferring all its properties, assets, and functions to the Department.

When the Philippines took a parliamentary form of government, the DYSD was changed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (MYSD).

On October 31, 1979, a Letter of Instructions No. 955 was issued by President Marcos ordering the MYSD to implement what is now known as a ground-breaking and important sports endeavor in the Philippine sports history – the “Project: GINTONG ALAY” (PGA).

The primary goal of the project was to integrate and intensify all development programs of Athletics (Track & Field) in the country. Michael Keon, current PSC Training Director/Consultant, was tasked to head this undertaking. PGA adopted the concept of “training camp”, a first in Southeast Asia, which was situated in Baguio City. Track and Field athletes were the first batch who went through rigid trainings and focused development program aimed at improving performance in international competitions. Later on, the program was extended to include other sports.

Among the notable prodigies of the PGA are legendary tricksters Lydia De Vega, Isidro del Prado, Hector Begeo, and Elma Muros.

By the year 1990, massive developments in the international sporting world were already arousing. In the country, it was the time to strengthen the national sports structure as President Corazon C. Aquino signed into law the creation of a new government’s sports agency with fortified and more relevant objectives.

Hence, on January 24, 1990, the Philippine Sports Commission came into being.

THE COMMISSION LIVES ON:

PSC was created as the top government sports body by virtue of Republic Act 6847 or “The Philippine Sports Commission Act”. Since its birth in 1990, it has grown into one of the country’s formidable institutions, ennobled by its salient mission of transforming the Filipino people into a healthy citizenry through various commendable sports development programs.

For already sixteen years of productive service, the Commission has remarkably lived through the best and worst of times. It has tasted the sweetest of triumphs and gone to the lowest pits of controversies and intrigues. But through it all, its spirit has never gone out. Its sincere devotion towards sports promotion in the country has indeed kept its existence more and more meaningful as the years go by.

Today, the agency’s fortitude keeps on burning with the untiring commitment and dedication of its leaders and employees, who unceasingly fuel the agency’s passion for excellence. Until the foreseeable future, PSC continues to be ever dynamic, resilient, and responsive to the needs of the citizenry.

 

Chairmen

NOBLEMEN OF PHILIPPINE SPORTS: The PSC Chairmen Legacy

In the truest context of a noble organization, PSC would have not delivered the most genuine of public service if not because of its great leaders. While one leader proved to be unique in thinking and action to another, they were altogether sportsmen in intentions.

Hon. Ricardo R. Garcia

Amb. Harry C. Angping (2009-2010)

William I. Ramirez (2005-2009)

Eric R. Buhain (2001-2005)

Carlos D. Tuason (1998-2001)

Philip Ella Juico (1996-1998)

Gemiliano C. Lopez Jr. (1993-1996)

Aparicio H. Mequi (1992-1993)

Cecilio G. Hechanova (1990-1992)

 

AMBASSADOR HARRY C. ANGPING (2009-2010)

WILLIAM I. RAMIREZ (2005-2009)

In only five (5) months’ stay as Officer-in-Charge and now Chairman, Ramirez, with the help of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo brokered the signing of the RP-China Sports Agreement in which China vowed to help in the training of Filipino athletes in 14 focus sports as we vie for the 2005 SEAG’s overall championship, and in the long run, the country’s first Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

Recently, Chairman Ramirez also facilitated the transfer of national athletes to a modern Athletes’ Dormitory in Philsports which was also re-launched to serve as the national training institute for athletes, coaches, and trainors. He further reinstated Class C athletes’ monthly stipends and food allowances, now bringing the number of PSC-funded athletes to 1,033 besides some 243 coaches, trainors and masseurs.

The agency’s first Chairman from Mindanao has been tasked by the President to re-engineer and reorganize the PSC’s Organizational Structure, including the streamlining of excess employees, while improving the agency’s services to the athletes. With the Philippines’ hosting of the 23rd SEA Games on 27 November to 05 December 2005, Ramirez is working to refurbish SEAG venues and facilities with no additional budget for the purpose.

ERIC R. BUHAIN (2001-2005)

Being an athlete himself, Chairman Buhain started his tenure with an athlete-centered approach by having regular dialogues with the athletes and setting up dormitories and an Athletes’ Lounge. He also established linkages with private companies and agencies to provide athletes with benefits ranging from health (like vitamins from Wyeth Health Care), uniforms, career education courtesy of STI and travel discounts from WG&A, Air Philippines and Philtranco. He also pursued for the further training and education of Filipino coaches.

Chairman Buhain also spearheaded the implementation of Republic Act 9064 or the “Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001”, the first sports bill signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which grants incentives to Filipino medalists of the Olympics, Asian Games, quadrennial World Championships and SEA Games.

His administration also implemented Republic Act 9155 which transferred the Palarong Pambansa from the Department of Education (DepEd) to the PSC. The most prestigious national sports event brings together some 8,000 elementary and secondary level student-athletes from the country’s 16 regions. The PSC managed two (2) Palarong Pambansa stagings in Naga City (2003) and Tubod, Lanao del Norte (2004). It was under Buhain’s time that the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendship Games, a venue of cultural and sporting exchange for EAGA member focus areas, was revived.

He piloted the Trainers and Officials Program-Scientific Training for Athletes (TOP-START), a program that empowers and encourages more people and Local Government Units to be our partners and stakeholders in sports; continued the PNYG-Batang Pinoy program; and set up the Mindanao Institute of Sports. He also conceptualized the Alay at Suporta sa Atletang Pilipino (ASAP) Program to partly address the financial requirements of elite sports development in the country through corporate sponsorships.

Realizing the importance of sustaining sports awareness and education nationwide thru the media, he forged a Memorandum of Agreement with the Bureau of Broadcast/Sports Radio to air “Ang Inyong PSC”, the PSC’s weekly radio program with free airtime over DZSR 918 KHZ. It aims to develop sports at the grassroots level and promoting elite sports thru broadcast media. Nationwide sports exhibits coinciding with PSC programs and a revived PSC.

 CARLOS D. TUASON (1998 - 2001)

Chairman Tuason’s policy echoed the Vision-Mission of the Commission—that all Filipinos should live active, healthy, and productive lives through physical fitness and participation in sports towards the attainment of national unity, progress and recognition for the country as well as the promotion of world peace and brotherhood among nations.

He implemented Administrative Order 352 approving and directing the Implementation of the Gratuity and Monthly Incentives Allowance Plan (GMIAP) for all living bemedalled athletes who participated in the Olympics, Asian Games and world championships. Under his administration, Tuason also launched the Philippine National Youth Games - Batang Pinoy Program (PNYG-BP), the government’s centerpiece sports program for children 12 years and under. He also conceptualized the ATLETA Program to monitor and ensure PSC funding for NSAs.

He also initiated three annual Summer Camps in Cebu City, Philsports (Pasig City), and Laoag City. The program was aimed at developing potential athletes and helping them attain their best athletic performances through specialized training, lectures and team-building activities.

Also during his term, special advocacy was given to Mindanao through the holding of the 1st Mindanao Sports Summit, which redirected Mindanao sports leaders’ paths towards a unified program while providing equitable opportunities for every sports organization and people. The summit formulated a Sports Covenant which included the creation of the 1st Mindanao Sports Council and launching of the 1st Mindanao Friendship Games.

Also launched by his administration was the Philippine Sports Talent Identification Program (PSTIP), a systematic and scientific procedure on a nationwide search for young Filipino boys and girls with the physical, motor and genetic qualifications to be selected for training and future participation in local and international sports. It is currently conducted by the PCSM.

PHILIP ELLA JUICO (1996 - 1998)

As part of the government’s efforts in human development and people empowerment, Chairman Juico focused his efforts on upgrading PSC officials’ management skills and sent its first level managers to two month-long seminars, namely Program and Project Development Management and Program for Development Managers (by the Asian Institute of Management), as well as other seminars by top management groups during which the PSC Vision-Mission-Objectives were formed.

Juico also instituted measures to professionalize the bureaucracy and encouraged the culture of excellence within the organization. He institutionalized the Performance Evaluation System and establishment of the PSC Selection Board which screens applicants for permanent (regular) items under the PSC plantilla.

With the assistance of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Chairman Juico’s administration organized three (3) Sports Summits on Philippine Sports Development which aimed to define and identify roles and responsibilities of all sectors concerned in the promotion and development of Philippine sports; to consolidate efforts of the private and public sectors in developing Philippine sports; and to review further the gains of the government in the field of sports.

During the second Summit, President Ramos issued a Presidential Directive creating the Philippine National Institute for Sports (PHILSPORTS) which answered the long standing need of the Philippine sports community for a training institute catering to athletes, coaches and trainors. This Summit was highlighted by His Excellency’s instruction to implement the Partnership Program for Philippine Sports (PPSA), a resource mobilization program that seeks the greater participation of the corporate private sector in sports development.

It was also under Juico’s leadership that the inaugural Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendship Games was held in 1996, with then President Fidel V. Ramos gracing the opening ceremonies in General Santos City.

Recognizing the importance of initiating the completion of Philippine sports records, he negotiated with a private group to produce the first audio-visual compact disc on Philippine sports towards the implementation of a Philippine sports databank. Aware of the importance of sports education thru information and communications, he launched the PSC Newsletter for distribution to sports coordinators and practitioners, and colleges and universities nationwide.

GEMILIANO C. LOPEZ JR. (1993 - 1996)

Chairman Lopez’ administration is best remembered for the provision of retirement pay for “Project: Gintong Alay” employees. He also focused on the improvement of the national boxing program which is responsible for the world class and Olympic medal winning performances of Leopoldo Serrantes, Leopoldo Cantancio, Roel Velasco and Mansueto Velasco, Jr.

Seeing the need to enshrine Filipino sports legends and perpetuate their legacy to serve as inspiration for both current athletes and the Filipino youth, he initiated attempts at forming the Hall of Fame but funding problems hampered the project. Initial negotiations were also made to put up a Philippine Sports Academy but funding also prevented the project’s launch.

During his term, the PSC staged the Philippine National Games (PNG), an open-style local Olympics which celebrated Philippine sports as an arena for the display of athletic excellence.

The PCSM was given ample funding and salaries of its personnel were upgraded to allow a highly professional team of medical practitioners to serve the Filipino athletes.

 APARICIO H. MEQUI (1992-1993)

Chairman Mequi focused on mass-based sports during his term by setting up sports clinics at the barangay level. It was under his administration that the 1st Philippine Sports Summit was held in Baguio City, which aimed to inform the country that sports is not only a competitive activity but also a way of developing a healthy and alert citizenry.

Two offshoots of the summit were: Executive Order 63 creating the national regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay physical fitness and sports development councils (PFSDC); and Executive Order 64, which adopted the national policy and program of ‘Sports for All’ by all concerned agencies based on the Sports Covenant forged during the said summit.

Consistent with the concept of unifying the direction of the Philippine sports program, he organized a Tripartite Meet involving the PSC, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and various national sports associations (NSAs)

 CECILIO G. HECHANOVA (1990-1992)

As its founding Chairman, Hechanova formulated the PSC’s Organizational Structure and Plantilla. During his administration, he focused on further developing the National Athletes’ Pool, adopted a System of Athletes’ Classification, and provided allowance adjustments for the national athletes. He also opened a trust account known as the National Sports Development Fund where funding for athletes is deposited.

Prior to the 1991 South East Asian Games (SEAG), he implemented PSC’s visitorial rights to NSA venues and offices within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC), as provided under RA 6847. He created the PSC Monitoring Team to monitor athletes’ training and implementation of their physical fitness prior to participation in the games. These events contributed to the successful hosting of the 1991 Manila SEAG, dubbed as the “Miracle of 1991” where the country placed second to Indonesia with 91 medals in spite of calamities that struck the Philippines in the early months of that year. Also held in the country was the World Chess Olympiad of 1992 which brought over 200 participants to Manila to dispute the world’s top ranks in chess.

Under his term, the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine (PCSM) was launched as a separate entity from the Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines, a private organization of medical practitioners.

He also initiated the establishment of the National Institute of Sports and revived the Private School Athletics Association (PRISAA). 

Legal Mandate

PSC Legal Mandate 

The 1987 Constitution

Republic Act 6847

   ●Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 6847

Republic Act 7160

Republic Act 7549

Republic Act 9064

Republic Act 9155

   ●Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9155

Executive Order No.44

Executive Order No.63

Executive Order No.79

Executive Order No.81

   ●Implementing Rules and Regulations of Executive Oroder No.  81

Executive Order No.535

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