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The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) determines to partner and give its full support on the grassroots sports programs of various national sports associations for 2020 has started discussing this with the different sports bodies as they start a series of consultations on their budget requirements.

On top of the agencies growing grassroots programs like the Children’s Games and Batang Pinoy, PSC Chairman William Ramirez said that the agency is open to supporting NSAs who intend to develop sports programs for the country’s grassroots.

“We want to help NSAs in their own grassroots sports programs for the country. When they conduct a strong, and effective grassroots program, they help us carry out our mandate to make sports accessible to every Filipino, and to develop a strong citizenry, not to mention creating a deep pool from which Elite sports could cull their future stars,” said Ramirez in the first day of the annual budget hearings yesterday at the PSC Administrative Bldg., Malate, Manila.

“Last year, we managed to conduct training and sports clinics across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao from our own pockets. We thank the PSC for this new development in promoting our sports in the country,” said Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation, Inc. (KPSFI) President Richard Lim.

Updates on NSA’s International Federation (IF) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) accreditation, and athlete’s profiles will also be tackled in the meetings to be headed by each PSC Commissioner in charge. The first two days of meetings will be led by Commissioner Ramon Fernandez's sports like Karate, Judo, Boxing, Muay, Pencak Silat and Wushu.

Despite his hectic schedule, the sports agency chief made it a point to be present in the budget meetings recognizing the importance of discussing issues and requirements with the different sports leaders. "We have limited resources, and we want to maximize use of it," explained Ramirez.

Meanwhile, Kiram formally received Tuesday the P470-million check remittance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), provided for in Republic Act 6847 as fund contribution for the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) in a simple turn-over ceremony.PR