Mindanao LGUs sign appeal to Duterte as they urge Pagcor to remit full allocation to PSC
PSC chairman Butch Ramirez welcomed the move by Mindanao LGUs to help urge Pagcor's full remittance. Jerome Ascano

THE Philippine Sports Commission found an ally in Mindanao local government officials in its efforts to gain its share of the gross income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

Tagum City mayor Allan Rellon along with some 150 representatives of governors and mayors said they will sign a resolution addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte as they urge Pagcor to remit five percent of its gross income as required by the Republic Act 6847 that created the PSC.

The PSC says it only gets 2.5 percent of the gross income from Pagcor, not 5 percent gross.

The move by the Mindanao LGUs was made during a meeting held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Davao City last Wednesday where the PSC briefed them about its functions as well as its Philippine Sports Institute, the government sports agency’s grassroots development program.

“Now that we are more aware of what the PSC does and PSI in promoting grassroots sports down to barangays, so those will require a lot of funds, which is why we are making this resolution,” said Rellon, the executive vice president of the League of Cities of the Philippines.

“This is a welcome development from my fellow Mindanaoans because nurturing grassroots sports requires a huge amount of money,” said PSC chairman William Ramirez. “This is part of our marching orders from President Duterte in promoting community sports development.”        

Ramirez noted the importance of local officials in promoting sports throughout the country.

“Governors and mayors are important in changing sports. We cannot have grassroots sports development without them. I’m quite happy with the enthusiastic response of our colleagues from Mindanao,” he said.

The meeting with Mindanao local officials is the second of a series of dialogues with LGU officials in the PSC’s move to promote sports throughout the country.

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