SPORTSMAN-businessman Mikee Romero is providing a seed money of P200,000 to get the ball rolling for his proposal to create a Department of Sports.
Romero made the offer during the PSA-MILO Annual Awards Night Saturday where he was special guest of honor and speaker in a well-attended affair at the grand ballroom of the Manila Hotel honoring the best and brightest of the year 2012 led by Athlete of the Year co-winners Nonito Donaire Jr, Josie Gabuco, Ateneo Blue Eagles, and the Manila women’s softball team.
In his speech, Romero stressed the need to put up a department solely for sports which he believes would be "the permanent solution to the funding and infrastructure problems of the country’s sports programs."
“A Department of Sports will serve as the new platform for Philippine sports, the foundation on which to build the blocks of a modern and results-oriented sports program,” said the owner of Globalport 900 Inc.
Citing the case of India which made significant gains after setting up a similar Ministry of Sports in 1982, Romero said the creation of such a department should be a boost for Philippine sports five or 10 years from now.
“For the next five, 10, and 25 years of Philippine sports, we need a new platform and a new organization to propel our sports programs to greater heights. We need to help create the Department of Sports, not tomorrow but today,” added the former basketball godfather during the glittery, two-hour rite presented by San Miguel Corp., Smart, Meralco, Rain or Shine, LBC, ICTSI and Philippine Golf Tour, Globalport 900, SM Prime Holdings, Senator Chiz Escudero, Philippine Basketball Association, and Philippine Sports Commission.
Aside from the seed money, Romero himself is spearheading a signature campaign for its approval.
“Please join me in my campaign to generate one million signatures so that our voices would be heard throughout the country.”
The country’s top sports officials led by Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ritchie Garcia, and former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde later joined Romero and PSA president Rey Bancod of Tempo in presenting the Athlete of the Year award to Gabuco, the Manila softbelles, and the Ateneo team.
Donaire failed to make it as he is currently in the thick of training for his world title fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux.