Philippine Sports Commission

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The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is the government agency tasked to oversee and direct the country's sports development program. It came into being on January 24, 1990 when erstwhile President Corazon C. Aquino signed into law Republic Act 6847, which Declaration of Policy states the following:

"It is the policy of the State to promote physical education, encourage and sustain the development of sports in the country to foster physical fitness, self discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry through a unified and integrated national sports policy - making body."

The PSC, which is now headed by Chairman Ricardo S. Garcia, succeeded Project: Gintong Alay of the previous Marcos government in its functions and objectives for Philippine amateur sports.

Contents

The PSC Act (RA 6847) Provisions

Sec. 6. Objectives of the Commission

The Objectives of the Commission are:

(a) To provide the leadership, formulate the policies and set the priorities and direction of all national amateur sports promotion and development, particularly giving emphasis on grass-roots participation; (b) To encourage wide participation of all sectors, government and private, in amateur sports promotion and development; and (c) To supplement government appropriations for sports promotion and development.

Sec. 7. Functions of the Commission

The Commission shall have the following functions:

(a) Plan, implement and oversee an integrated amateur sports promotion and development program for the country, including the program for the Decade of Physical Fitness and Sports: 1990-2000, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 406, in coordination with various sectors involved in sports, including among others, the Philippine Olympic Committee, the National Sports Associations, the public and private schools, government corporations and entities, the local governments, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other sports organizations and private corporations; (b) Establish and maintain linkages with international sports associations, national sports commissions or organizations of other countries, and international nongovernmental organizations whose main objective is sports; (c) Plan and oversee a program to enable the Philippines to bid for and to host the Olympic Games at the earliest practicable time;chan robles virtual law library

(d) Establish, develop and maintain fully-equipped sports facilities and centers in strategic places in the country and, as far as practicable, such modern sports complexes adequate for major international competitions;

(e) Rationalize and regulate the establishment of publicly-funded sports complexes and supervise the management and maintenance thereof, excluding school or college-owned sports complexes;

(f) Plan and formulate programs and review or evaluate, from time to time, the organizational set-up, projects and programs of the Commission;

(g) Develop and promulgate rules and regulations to implement this Act, including rules to delineate and define areas of responsibilities of all sectors involved in sports promotion and development, respecting the individual set-up, priorities, structure and competence of the different government and private institutions;

(h) Assist the proper government agency in the formulation of an industry incentives program for the manufacture in the Philippines of sports equipment and supplies of international standard in quality;

(i) Provide such incentives, recognition and awards to deserving associations, athletes, referees, game officials, coaches, trainers and other persons or entities involved in or supporting sports development as may be permissible under the rules of amateurism;

(j) Recommend and propose to the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Department of Local Government and other government agencies and instrumentalities having sports programs, to incorporate in their respective annual budgets, a separate and specific budget for sports promotion and development;

(k) Conduct basic and applied research on sports development;

(l) Conduct promotion and fund-raising campaigns in accordance with existing laws to achieve the purposes of the Commission;

(m) Encourage, promote and sustain the creation and establishment of regional, provincial, municipal and barangay or school district sports promotion and development councils, composed of officials of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Department of Local Government, local government officials, and representatives of the private sector, which shall initiate, conduct and coordinate sports activities in their respective jurisdictions; and

(n) Exercise such other acts as are incident to or are appropriate and necessary in connection with the creation of the Commission.

Sec. 8. Composition of the Commission

The Commission shall be composed of a Chairman and four (4) Commissioners all of whom shall be appointed by the President.

Sec. 11. Powers of the Commission

The Commission has the power to do all acts and things necessary to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions, including:

(a) To appoint the officers and other personnel of the Commission and fix their compensation subject to existing laws, rules and regulations; chan robles virtual law library (b) To delegate authority for the performance of any function to officers and employees under its direction; (c) To enter into contracts;

(d) To acquire, use and control any land, building, facilities, equipment, instruments, tools and rights required or otherwise necessary for the accomplishment of the purposes of the Commission;

(e) To acquire, own, possess and dispose of any real or personal property;

(f) To regulate the acquisition, procurement, distribution and use of sportswear, equipment, instruments, tools and other sports necessities necessary and required for training of a national pool of athletes;

(g) To assist and support national associations in the implementation of Section 13 of this Act;

(h) To confer, extend and grant awards, benefits and privileges to athletes, coaches and officials for outstanding performances in national and international competitions;

(i) To confer, extend and grant support or assistance to sports associations which are in good standing with the Commission;

(j) To exercise supervisory and visitorial powers over the national sports associations in connection with their sports promotion and development programs with respect to which financial assistance is extended by the Commission;

(k) To accept donations, gifts, bequests, and grants for the purposes of the Commission; chan robles virtual law library;

(l) To ensure the implementation by various government departments and agencies of their sports promotion and development programs as indicated in their respective annual budgets;

(m) To impose sanctions upon any national sports association, institution, association, body, entity, team, athlete and sports official for violation of its policies, rules and regulations; and (n) To perform any and all other acts incident to or required by virtue of its creation.

Relation with the POC and the NSA's

The PSC, among its many functions, is largely recognized for its role as the main financial arm of Philippine amateur sports. It is known for assuming the following pecuniary responsibilites:

  1. Provide the monthly subsidies the Philippine Team athletes who are duly recommended by their respective National Sports Associations(NSA's);
  2. Finance the participation of the Philippine Olympic Committee delegates, e.g. athletes, coaches, team officials, and secretariat, to the various international amateur sporting events recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)like the Asian Games and Olympics; and
 3. Fund select activities of the NSA's for their elite athletes and grassroots development.

Reference

  • PSC Website(Accessed 8 December 2010)
  • Dayrit, Celso Limjuco. The Olympic Movement in the PhilippinesQuezon City: Hiyas Press, Inc., 2003.
  • [1]Chan Robles Virtual Law Library (Accessed 8 December 2010)

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