Siklab Atleta Foundation President and Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy join hands with 2019 SEAG OC Chairman and DFA Sec. Alan Cayetano, PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, POC President Ricky Vargas and other sports leaders during the foundation’s launch yesterday in Manila.

The Siklab Atletea Pilipinas Sports Foundation, a project aimed to gather support from the private sector to fund the athletes who have potential to bring home the first-ever Olympic gold for the country.

Phoenix Fuel Corporation and Presidential Adviser on Sports, Dennis Uy, is the man behind Siklab Atleta, cites the natural and admirable talent of the Filipino athlete on the global stage. He said that “the road towards bringing home the first Olympic gold is not easy, but with the support of everybody, we may have chance.”

2019 Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee Chairman and Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was also in attendance. “We may disagree, we may argue but for as long as we are united in the goal of helping our athletes, then we are good,” said Cayetano. He also touched on the subject of taking care of athletes who have passed their prime and are in very sad situations in life. “Yes the country will “use” you, but it is our commitment to you that we will never forget you. We will take care of you.”

So far, 16 corporate sponsors namely SM investments Corp., Belle Corporation, RFM Corporation, Alaska Milk Corp., Tanduay Distillery, JG Summit Holdings, Inc., Megawide Construction Corp., International Container Terminal Services, Inc., San Miguel Corporation, PLDT, Unilab, Ulticon Builders Inc., Phoenix Petroleum, 2Go, Megaworld Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation and Philippine International Air Terminal Corp., have pledged their support.

Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez expressed his gratitude towards the private sector “whose partnership is important to help our athletes succeed.”

Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas echoed Ramirez on his message of unity saying “it takes a whole community to support an athlete.” He also said that all sports stakeholders must unite to find the best athletes to represent the country.

The foundation has thirty athlete-recipients so far. Only fourteen of them, led by Rio Olympics Silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, were in attendance as the others are training overseas or participating in competitions.

Newly-elected POC Chairman, Congressman Bambol Tolentino intimated that the athletes’ “pusong pinoy” is what he feels when he watches a live sporting match, “but in this room, with all of you sports leaders and heroes, dama ang buong pusong pinoy”