By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Alan Peter Cayetano urged lawmakers to view the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) budget as an investment in both the youth of the Philippines and its sports industry.
In order to develop future athletes and expand the market for more professional leagues in various sports, he also called for increased state funding of grassroots sports initiatives.
“There comes a point wherein sports become so integrated into a society that the money from commercial sources will take over. Ngayon ang problema natin kasi is mahina yung grassroots training dahil walang pera,” Cayetano said.
“Pero dadating ang time na kapag sobrang part na of daily life ang sports dito sa atin, mag-aagawan ang advertisters kung sino ang popondo nito,” the senator added.
Cayetano requested that Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the head of the Senate Committee on Sports, and representatives from the PSC present a thorough grassroots campaign sports development program that should be reflected in upcoming budget proposals.
“Give us a plan and the figures that go with it para maintindihan ng ating mga kababayan na hindi lang dapat elite athletes [ang sinusuportahan]. Dapat kung may nakitaan ka pa lang na galing, may pondong nakahanda na,” Cayetano said.