DC sports commission creation endures delay

Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President April Marie Dayap, committee chair, said she "could not see possibilities" that the ordinance will be carried out in the present 14th council whose term ends in June.

"We need to conduct one more committee hearing before it could be tackled in the floor. It would not be included anymore in the present council considering that there are lot of pending things to be discussed," Dayap said in an interview.

She said they will conduct the last and final committee hearing after the May 14 polls.

Two months ago, DCSC held its first public and committee hearing which was attended by William Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission.

In a separate interview, Councilor Peter Lavina, who volunteered to draft the commission's constitution and by-laws, expressed optimism that the proposed ordinance would be enacted before the council’s term ends.

" It's still possible. We will work on that after the election, " said Lavina, who is seeking reelection in the city's first district.

Citing time constraints, Davao City sports stakeholders composed of various public and sports groups here are doubtful that the ordinance would be approved before June.

With the limited time left, instead, they hope for the speedy entry and approval of the ordinance in the succeeding council, which opens two months from now.

“We are just hoping that the ordinance for the creation of the Davao City Sports Commission would be passed in the next council,” said Vic Sai, president of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc.

The Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) said “the present council will end in June and it’s impossible if it will be carried out in the present council.”

“I guess it's not in the agenda yet. Hopefully, (it will be tackled) in the next council,” DSA president Charles Maxey of SunStar Davao said.

Dayap, however, said they will do their best for the immediate passage of the ordinance in the next council.

Sai, a veteran sports leader and local paper sports editor, called on councilors who will be elected in the 24-seat city council in the May 14 polls to support the passage of the ordinance.

“The best thing for them to do is to support the passage of the Davao City Sports Commission,” said Sai, who pledged to give full support to the sports council, which is composed of National Sports Association (NSA) regional chapters.

The DCSC, according to the proposed ordinance, will be acting as an umbrella body for all sports associations, organizations and groups in the city, both from the public and private sectors.

Among the powers of the commission are to plan and implement an integrated program of physical fitness and sports development for the city as well as sustain sports training activities, particularly for outstanding athletes and help the city government to identify, plan and manage sports facilities required for the training of athletes and conduct of sports tournaments.

In a previous interview, Ramirez, former city sports coordinator, vowed to give P500,000 “as seed money” for the commission when the city council finally approves the ordinance.

The national sports agency chief gave birth to the DCSC with the blessings of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.