Chair Butch’s Words of Wisdom
ANYONE who is named chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) should take it from William “Butch” Ramirez whose six-year administration at the government sports agency ends alongside President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on 30 June.
And though Ramirez is being touted as a potential “renowned” by President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for his unprecedented accomplishments, Davaoeño’s two-term CPS chairman shared words of wisdom for his successor and council. commissioners.
“The new president and his commissioners must be aware of the environment, their role and their partnership with NSAs [national sports associations] and the COP [Philippine Olympic Committee]said Ramirez, 72. “Because if he’s not forgiving and humble, there will always be conflict.”
Ramirez pointed out that “being forgiving and humble” are the ingredients to underpin the success of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 when weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won for the country its first Olympic gold medal – a historic achievement that every president of the PSC would like.
He too stressed that the next president “should learn to be patient with those around him and know how to manage the mandate of the commission”.
Politics, he says, is a component that goes with the territory. But a solid approach could handle that.
“There is always politics in sports – wherever there is politics – but it has to be managed very well so that the unifying factor is above the dynamic,” Ramirez added, noting that the new President and new President Marcos Jr.’s commissioners must also understand their role very well.
“The PSC’s mandate is to support grassroots programs by working with local government units and the Ministry of Education,” he said. “NSAs need to increase their focus on training their athletes.”
The commission’s mandate, Ramirez said, is to allocate funds to all NSAs — about five dozen of them — based on their performance and the funds spent on them over the past six to 10 years.
“We should be able to allocate funds to all these NSAs based on their performance and the money they have already spent,” he said. “They can also get money from the private sector.”
Ramirez was first named PSC president from 2004 to 2008, the year 16-year-old Hidilyn Diaz made her Olympic debut as an innocent-looking joker. He was reappointed in 2016 when President Rodrigo Duterte was elected president.
Ramirez said that 2004, when he first took charge of the PSC, and 2016 are polar opposites.
“It’s totally different. We didn’t have the experience before, but now we already have that experience and the money,” Ramirez said.
The money meant more contributions from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., the PSC’s main funder for its National Sports Development Fund.
Ramirez said the success of the Tokyo Olympics was purely “hard-won” and it took huge preparations over the years to achieve it.
“We hope this can be maintained. The performance of athletes is the evolution of the last years and it has just reached its peak in our time,” said Ramirez. “We will provide them [new PSC upcoming appointees] with guidelines to maintain the momentum and momentum of what has happened over the past six years.
We asked him if he would make a recall to the PSC?
“For me, it’s definitely time to go, but if there’s a call to hold me back, I might accept it,” he said. “But we have to give someone a chance to lead the PSC. It’s time for me to leave.
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