PHILIPPINE Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia agrees with former senator Freddie Webb that the PSC law should be amended to grant a fixed six-year term to its head.
Garcia said calls for the amendment of Republic Act 6847 mainly in the aspect of having a fixed term for the chairman have already reached the halls of both the Congress and Senate.
“Fixed term is one of the amendments that we want to put into law to make the function of a chairman better,” said Garcia. “Definitely, tama yung sinabi ni Senator Webb, plus ‘yung other amendments pa na sinusulong natin.”
Webb made the call during his speech at the PBA Press Corps awards night last Monday.
“I have to tell you, that law has to be amended. I see it now because whoever sits as chairman must have a term limit, must have a specific term that he has to serve dahil 'pag walang term, this guy will always be at the mercy of politicians,” said Webb in his speech.
Garcia said that several other provisions of the PSC law also need to be amended. He cited the inclusion of differently-abled athletes in the coverage of the law as well as the matter of incentives for athletes who win glory in international events.
“So far, tatlong laro lang ang nasa batas, Olympics, Asian Games at Southeast Asian Games. Meron na ring iba’t ibang games na hindi included sa batas na kailangan na ring idagdag para mabigyang pansin din sila,” Garcia said.
Garcia seconded Webb's view that a fixed term will spare the PSC chairman from politics in government and allow him to pursue his programs without having to worry about his job.
“The rationale behind that is that hindi ka puwedeng tanggalin ng influential person. [As it is], you are always under political pressure na anytime puwede kang tanggalin,” Garcia said.
“But if you have a term, you can work better because you won’t be worried of being removed. But of course, you can still be removed but with [due] cause.”