THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is coordinating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in handling cases against National Sports Associations with unliquidated government funds.
THE PSC on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement with the DOJ to better monitor and take action against delinquent NSAs.
“For the office to succeed, it needs inter-government collaboration. I welcome this MOA. It will reinforce our governance in Philippine sports,” said PSC chairman William Ramirez in a press conference on Wednesday.
The PSC has been handing out government funds to NSAs for expenses such as training and exposure in international competitions for their athletes. Since government resources are used, the NSAs must show proof that it has spent government money appropriately.
DOJ assistant secretary Margaret V. Castillo-Padilla assured the PSC of assistance such as prosecution and criminal investigation against NSAs.
“This memorandum of agreement will actually foster accountability among national sports associations and similar organizations regarding the financial assistance that the PSC have been granting to them,” said Castillo-Padilla.
Ramirez made it clear the MOA signing with DOJ is not a threat to the NSAs.
“We are not threatening our partners. Accountability is expected of them. We want governance of our partners. We want them to succeed,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez said the MOA with DOJ also covers issues such as sexual harassment and bullying of athletes.