Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary-general Patrick Gregorio exhorted the national athletes to play more active role in shaping up the future of the country’s sports scene.
Speaking before representatives of the various National Sports Associations (NSAs), Gregorio said it’s about time the national athletes to be given more voice in Philippine sports even as he assured the support of the POC in all their endeavors.
“We’d like to let you know that we care, that you have our full support and we like what you are doing. Maraming pwede pang gawin to improve, but it’s not just the role of the POC,” said Gregorio during the 2019 National Athletes Forum organized by the POC Athletes Commission recently at the Ultra in Pasig City.
“If you have ideas, share with us and we will help you realize (those ideas). Together, let’s do this all at the same time.”
Gregorio graced the event, attended by 68 national athletes, along with POC deputy secretary-general Karen Caballero, Philippine Olympians Association president Akiko Thompson-Guevarra and board member Ramon Aldea.
Caballero reaffirmed POC’s commitment and also urged the athletes to make their intentions and their requests for further training known to their respective NSAs to help them prepare well for the 2019 SEA Games which the country is hosting in Nov. 30-Dec. 11.
Short of saying that the national athletes must go for no less than the gold in the coming biennial event, Caballero insists: “You have to help us talk with your NSAs, what do you really need for your training. We want you to be more prepared. We want to give optimum advantage to Team Philippines.”
During the forum, the athletes were also apprised by POC head of marketing Dyna Remolacio about the context of Olympic Solidarity and how they can benefit from it.
“You can apply for grants and scholarship for further knowledge in the sport which can prepare you for your post-athlete career and future sports leaders,” said Remolacio, who manages the Olympic Solidarity program in the Philippines.
This event was sponsored by Summit Natural drinking water and Komida Foods (IG: @komida.foods) co-owned by Olympic weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.