Newly-elected party-list representative Mikee Romero of One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals (1PACMAN) is pushing for the creation of the Department of Sports, as well as the building of a sports facility that will help in training and molding competitive Filipino athletes in the future.
Romero said that with the Department of Sports, they will be able to address pressing problems, such as inadequate budget for training, lack of grassroots program, and well-equipped sports facilities.
On Tuesday at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s in Malate, the sports patron said, “Let’s not take things for granted. We have to change Philippine sports.”
“If we have a seat in the Cabinet, you can air out your needs. We can resolve many issues. At this point in time, the plan is not yet tangible. But I believe creating a Department for Sports would make more pros rather than cons,” Romero said.
Romero added, “I will call on these [sports] ‘godfathers’ to a caucus or forum, invite them and let them commit—if we can come up with a seed money of P1 billion for the new training center.”
The congressman-elect is eyeing a 100 hectare-lot in Clark, Pampanga as the site of the sports training facility that will replace the three-decade old Rizal Memorial Complex where most athletes train for local and international sports fest.
Romero’s 1PACMAN was one of the top performers in the recently concluded polls in the party-list section. The party-list aims to prioritize sports development, education, and job creation.