AFTER two member-schools made budget adjustments that affected their sports programs, the NCAA disclosed the eight other members have also been badly hit when the season was halted.
Letran and Perpetual have previously been reported to have done cost-cutting measures to their athletic programs. It turns out, other members schools have also tightened their belts and based on the data given by the NCAA, a total of 5,175 players, coaches and officials has been affected by the cancellation of Season 95 and the postponement of Season 96.
The NCAA has vowed to help 50 percent of those, or at least 2,180 individuals.
"Upon our survey, there are about 50-percent displaced players, coaches, and officials, and that includes the referees in all events, securities, table officials, and others na totally involved sa NCAA," NCAA Management Committee chair Fr. Vic Calvo of Letran said in the online Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.
"We're sure to help our players, coaches, and officials na kasama natin sa NCAA. We know na pagdating sa budget ng schools, we depend sa enrolment, so a few also means few income and limited budget distributed, and pag nabawasan (ang budget), ang unang victim is sports. May mga schools na 80-percent, 75-percent decrease," he added.
"That's why as much as possible, we try to maintain as many athletes as we can. We're maintaining for the interest of the institution, for the players, and for the coaches as well."