Finally, LVPI moves to fast-track release of ITCs for PVL imports, sorts out password issue
Acting LVPI president Peter Cayco, pictured right with president Joey Romasanta, assures the ITCs of PVL imports will be released soon. Jerome Ascano

THE Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) assured on Wednesday that it has been working on the international transfer certificates (ITCs) of Premier Volleyball League (PVL) imports which it expects to be released anytime soon.

LVPI acting president Peter Cayco made the assurance amid a war of words between Philippine Super Liga head Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara and PVL president Ricky Palou over the long delay in the issuance of ITCs for the PVL Reinforced Conference.

Suzara, who is also an official of the Asian Volleyball Federation, denied accusations that he had a hand in the delay. However, Palou pointed out that the username and password for access to the FIVB database, from where requests for ITCS are coursed, are controlled not by the LVPI but by a Suzara aide.

Cayco assured the LVPI has regained access to the FIVB database and had in fact coursed the requests for ITCS for PVL imports manually to fast-track the process.

“A little more patience because it’s not as easy," said Cayco. "We are already doing it manually. The password is a non-issue anymore."

[See Ricky Palou hits back at Suzara, debunks point for point PSL head's claim on ITC mess]

Cayco said the issue with regards to the ITC password being in the possession of an aide of Suzara is a non-issue already as LVPI has already requested for a new password.

“Nag-request na ako ng bago (password) and the FIVB granted the request,” said Cayco, adding the requests for ITCS were done manually even before the request for a new password was granted.

Cayco said the ITCs of PVL imports are already on the table of FIVB president Ary Graca awaiting approval. FIVB has actually issued ITCs to two PVL imports but the international federation didn’t allow the two to play to be fair to the other PVL teams.

“It was a transaction na hindi na kailangan ng password kasi nag-manual override ako, dumeretso na ako sa FIVB… ‘Yung request natin for ITC, nandun na. ‘Yung Thai and Japanese (imports), okay na kaya lang ayaw palaruin kasi unfair sa ibang teams. That is right,” said Cayco.

[See Suzara denies hand in delay of issuance of ITCs to PVL imports]

Cayco said there are still imports who have yet to secure ITCs because they haven’t been released by their club teams.

“’Yung mga problematic na lang ‘yung iba kasi lagpas sa tournament ‘yung tournament days sa allowable ng FIVB kasi sa FIVB calendar, you can’t play overseas between May 15 to October 15 every year because they reserve it to national teams," said Cayco.

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"‘Yung PVL, lagpas so we requested for an extension hanggang June 15. Sabi sa akin ni Carlos De Asis [FIVB person in-charge of ITC] kagabi, a letter for extension is on the table of the FIVB president. Once he signs, tuluy-tuloy na ‘yun,” Cayco added.

Cayco said the recognition issue between the LVPI and the Philippine Volleyball Federation which was only resolved recently during the FIVB Congress added to the delay.

“Kaya tayo nagka-problema dahil sa PVF (issue). Before May 5, ang sabi ng FIVB please wait for the communiqué kasi status quo muna. ‘Yung kanilang board meeting, nag-decide na sila na LVPI na and suspended ang PVF. Dun lang gumalaw ‘yung proseso, Nung sinulatan na tayo ng May 11, saka lang umandar."

Cayco also claimed the FIVB president was on a holiday break when the ITC requests were made, causing more eelay.

But now that Graca has returned, Cayco said he expects the ITC to be ready anytime. He plans to call the FIVB office anytime on Wednesday to follow up.

“Napigil naman kasi nag-holiday si Mr. Graca. Na-prepare na ‘yung letter, kailangan na lang ng pirma ni Mr. Graca. Hopefully, kahapon napirmahan na. As of 11 p.m. Manila time, nasa meeting pa raw si Mr. Graca so hindi pa pumipirma,” said Cayco.

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