Solon pushes for additional PSC budget for int’l tournaments

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — A lawmaker is pushing to increase the budget of the Philippine Sports Commission to better prepare athletes for international tournaments next year.

Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino raised his concern over the budget of the PSC during the House of Representatives’ plenary debates on Wednesday, which was slashed to ₱171.88 million from ₱944.96 million in 2020.

He said this is a concern especially with four international tournaments scheduled for next year, which include the Tokyo Olympics, Vietnam SEA Games, Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games, and the Asian Youth Games. The Philippines is also aiming to have its first Olympic gold medal, he said.

Surigao del Norte Rep. Bingo Matugas, the sponsor of PSC’s budget, said the agency originally requested for a budget of ₱150 million to specifically fund support for the Tokyo Olympics, but this was not included for next year’s allocation.

Matugas added that PSC had requested for an additional ₱1.6 billion to fund its programs, including payment for infrastructure projects that were already started prior to the pandemic. He noted that funding this year was realigned to the government’s COVID-19 response.