Every province in the country needs to have a grassroots sports development program.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Noli Eala said this after they have finalized the agency’s two programs involving elite athletes and those at the mainstream level.
“We are focusing on regional sports. We’re making sure that it will be nationwide (in scope) and that every province will have a grassroots program,” said Eala.
The program will soon be available for the private sector, which will play a big role in its implementation, according to Eala.
The agency seeks to tap the help of corporations, companies and private individuals when two programs involving elite athletes and grassroots development is finally unveiled by the PSC.
Eala believes that sponsors with a generous heart should be involved in supporting these two undertakings.
The PSC is set to unveil “Duyan ng Magiting” and “Gintong Laban”, offshoots of the Project: Gintong Alay, an elite-level national sports program in the past.
The two programs are seen as a tweak of Gintong Alay, which was a plan of action for sports that the Philippine government of former President Ferdinand Marcos implemented from 1979 until 1986.
Eala said the programs are now out of the planning stages and are slated to be launched soon.
“Duyan ng Magiting” (Cradle of the Brave), the first component of the PSC program, is described as a whole range of initiatives composed of entry level events that lead to the Philippine National Games.
“Gintong Laban” (Golden Fight) is about the high performance aspect of elite athletes, those who are capable of winning in top-level competitions such as the Olympic Games, Asian Games and world tournaments.