by Nick Giongco
While the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is mandated by law to provide financial assistance to national sports associations, commissioner Mon Fernandez stressed that such “is a privilege and not a right.”
“I am urging not only NSA heads but everyone to read RA 6847 to know that the PSC can withhold assistance if there are issues involving an NSA,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez made the declaration as the country is getting ready to send a delegation to the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Fernandez said that if an NSA has liquidations issues, the PSC can withhold help pending its resolution.
“If an NSA also has leadership problems, the PSC can also withhold,” said Fernandez, noting the government agency’s supervisory powers.
It is the Philippine Olympic Committee, in coordination with the NSAs that assembles, and the PSC funds not only their participation in international events but their training as well.
Still, Fernandez said the PSC has the option not to help a certain NSAs if it could not properly manage its finances.
The Indonesia Asiad is scheduled Aug. 18-Sept. 2 in Jakarta and Palembang.
The Philippines aims to improve on its one gold medal finish in the 2014 edition in Incheon.