Top officials from the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) are expected to convene with athletes and coaches in the "unity meeting" scheduled today at the Malacañang Palace.
Among those are PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, Philippine Olympian Association Chief Akiko Thomson, PHISGOC Chairman and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Bong Go, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy.
Ramirez said the meeting is set to show a cohesive force for the country's hosting and participating in the 30th SEA Games in late November.
"If we want to win as one, we should embrace a united front," said Ramirez.
All presidents of different National Sports Associations and the Philippine Paralympic Committee, as well as select national athletes are also expected to attend in the 10 a.m. assembly.
Meanwhile, Ramirez thanked President Duterte for backing the proposed national sports academy for high school students during Monday's State of the Nation Address.
"We are very happy that it was mentioned," said Ramirez, adding that having the academy is the way to level up sports education and science in the country.
Although no details were discussed during President Duterte's fourth SONA, rarely does sports are ever mentioned during present and previous administrations until now.
Ramirez said they have been strengthening sports education and grassroots development through sports linkages like the Korean Institute of Sports, United States Sports Academy and 10 other countries that partner with the PSC.
University of the Philippines' Human Kinetics, the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education have also been working with the PSC