ONE of the primary authors of the bill that created the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said its high time that Republic Act 6847 be amended to pave the way for a fixed term in office for its future leaders.
Former Senator Freddie Webb pointed out that politicization of the government sports agency has become an accepted norm as its chairman and commissioners usually come and go at the pleasure of the appointing person -- the President.
Webb admitted losing such foresight when he first authored the bill in 1990 along with Senators Aquilino Pimentel and Joey Lina, together with Congressman Victorico Chavez.
That’s the reason why he’s calling on the present lawmakers to look into it, correct the flaw, and give the PSC officials at least a six-year term in office.
“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 as guest of honor and speaker during the annual PBA Press Corps Awards rites on Monday night at Kamayan Edsa.
“Pag may nagalit diyan (chairman) isusumbong kay President, palitan mo yan. Pati `yung kanyang foresight of being able to spread the study that he wants to make for Philippine sports nawawalan na ng continuity.”
Richie Garcia is the current PSC chairman, appointed to the post by President Aquino since 2010.
In the 22 years since it was established, no PSC chairman has lasted for six years in office, with only Butch Ramirez (2005-08), and the late Butch Tuason (1998-2001) owning the distinction of having the longest tenure out of the nine heads it previously had.
Webb believes a fixed six-year term would be sufficient for a sports official to implement whatever programs he has in mind.
“If you have a chairman that will be appointed for a six-year term, he can go to the drawing board, plan everything, and then come up with something that is feasible and unpoliticized,” said Webb, a former Olympian, PBA player and coach.
“The position has to seek you, not you seeking the position. What am I saying? That the guy can afford to lose his job. But once you’re there primarily for the job, then you will come across, you will make deals, make almost everything in your power to stay in that position.”