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Mindanao execs back PSC in PAGCOR bid

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Sports Commission has found another formidable ally in its efforts to restore the full five percent gross income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to the PSC as mandated by law.

Led by Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, close to 150 representatives, including governors and mayors, of the local government units throughout Mindanao said they would sign a resolution addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte urging PAGCOR to remit the five percent due to the PSC as required by Republic Act 6847, the law creating the government sports agency.

The move was made during the PSC’s meeting with Mindanao LGU officials held at the Crystal Ballroom of the Pinnacle Hotel here where they were briefed on the role and functions of the PSC as well as how the Philippine Sports Institute can help them promote grassroots sports.

“Now that we are more aware of what the PSC does and PSI in promoting grassroots sports down to barangays, so those will require a lot of funds, which is why we are making this resolution,” said Rellon, executive vice president of the League of Cities of the Philippines.

He bared that like his fellow LGU Minandao officials have done, he would urge the LCP, composed of 140 members throughout the country, to also make its own resolution addressed to the Chief Executive.

“This is a welcome development from my fellow Mindanaoans because nurturing grassroots sports requires a huge amount of money,” noted Ramirez, a Davao City native, said following the talks coinciding with the 80th founding anniversary of the country’s biggest city by land area.

“Without funds for these projects, all that we are doing is merely lip service. This is part of our of marching orders from President Duterte in promoting community sports development.”