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5-year sports development plan formulated

By Kristel Satumbaga

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Education came up with a five-year sports development plan to jumpstart their collaboration in strengthening the country’s grassroots sports program.

The framework of the plan was finalized after two days of strategic planning attended by almost 60 officials from the two government agencies in Davao City.

The plan was centered on grassroots sports, governance and leadership of the agencies, human resource capacity building, infrastructure and facilities, collaboration and linkages locally and internationally, and research and development.

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez and DepEd Assistance Secretary Revsee Escobedo underscored the importance of these topics to arrive at their mission of having a formative physical education and sports program among the youth, and more effective governance with competent leaders in the two agencies, a more responsive educational and training programs for coaches and trainers and a standardized sports facilities.

“It’s not going to be smooth-sailing and fast, but in tackling these areas, we’ll have a clearer direction of our national sports development program,” said Ramirez.