MANILA — The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) migrates the postponed National Sports Summit into a three-part program with a series of weekly online conference-type sessions starting January 27.
“We wanted to push through with this because we know it will be useful to know where we are now from where we were almost three decades ago. It will help see the road ahead of us and navigate it better,” explained PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez.
He refers to the 1st National Sports Summit held in 1992, where 38 resolutions were crafted in the hopes of a better national sports environment.
The 2021 edition, starting with a weekly conference-type online session, titled Sports Conversations, will cover 25 sports topics.
Ramirez shares that “data gathered from these sessions will be studied and processed, and shall be the foundation of a new set of resolutions hoped to be useful for our future sports leaders, legislators, and national officials who contribute to the betterment of sports in the country.”
With the summit’s primary aim of determining the present status of sports in the Philippines and then charting the path to achieve sports excellence, PSC taps recognized figures from the local to the international sports scene to deliver short lectures in the online conference.
The first batch of sessions brings together United Sports Academy (USSA) President T.J. Rosandich, Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) Dean of Philippine Sports Henry Daut, DAVNOR Sports Development Head Giovanni Gulanes, and UP professor Tessa Jazmines.
Rosandich, president of the USSA, opens the three-part summit with a lecture-forum on “Sports Success from a First World Perspective.”
The academy is home to the likes of American-Israeli Olympic figure skater Aimee Buchanan and two-time national coach of the year Mike Leach.
Davao del Norte’s Gulanes shares his expertise next on sports development programs in local government units (LGUs) this February 4. The long-time sports coordinator will also touch on youth training and hands-on management of their province’s sports program.
PSI’s Daut, who played a role in PSC’s Sports Mapping Action Research Talent Identification (Smart ID) program, explores the topic as well as grassroots development on February 11.
Veteran sportswriter and UP professor Jazmines completes the first roster as she delivers her lecture on the value of sports marketing on February 28.
“We believe that sports are a means to move forward despite taking a step back for months. We may continue to chart our path in bettering Philippine sports starting now, and with the help of these experts in the field to whom we are very grateful,” said Ramirez.
Almost 1000 registrants consisting of sports educators, athletes, coaches, LGU coordinators, national sports associations, and private stakeholders, have already registered.(pr)