The Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Armed Forces of the Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement recently in a joint effort to strengthen the participation of the athletes belonging to the military.
Signing the new agreement were PSC Chairman Richie Garcia, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, AFP Chief of Staff General Jessie Dellosa, PSC Commissioner Salvador Andrada, MGen Gregorio Macapagal, AFPDeputy Chief of Staff, MGen Raoul Reyes, AFP J1 DCS for Personnel and POC Board of Director member, Col. Antonio Tamayo.
Garcia said the MOA was also aimed at enhancing the role of athletes-soldiers as a vital part to help improve the performance of national athletes.
“We thank General Jessie Dellosa and Rear Admiral Philip L. Cacayan, Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy in discussing with us the role of the AFP as a significant part of the national sports development,” said Garcia, who noted that this was the first time that the highest-ranking officers of the AFP have joined hands with the PSC for the good of sports.
The partnership among the PSC, POC, the national sports associations and the AFP is expected to boost the development of world-class athletes from different military units, with its main goal of finding potential gold medalists for various international competitions.
The MOA partners also agreed to create an Executive Committee, composed of the Gen. Jessie Dellosa, representing the Office of the Special Services of the AFP, PSC Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy and Col. Jeff Tamayo, representing the POC
Aside from the ExCom, a technical working group will also be formed which will be made up of representatives from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, and a representative each from the PSC and the POC.
Under the new MOA, soldier-athletes and their coaches will be required to undergo Basic Military Training even while under the care of the PSC and maintain discipline and proper decorum as military enlisted personnel. They are also required to immediately report to their mother units after participating in an international events or overseas training.
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