A new system has been adopted by the Philippine Sports Commission in allocating financial assistance to the 73 national sports associations that are under its supervision.
In the past, the government sports body has used historical data to determine how much of its annual budget is allotted to each NSA.
PSC chairman Richard Bachmann said the board approved the use of new system this time, after the NSAs that they are monitoring have increased from 43 in 2019 to 73 this year.
Bachmann talked about their expenditures for the NSAs during Tuesday’s weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Conference Hall of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
The new system of financial assistance was approved by the PSC with less than a month left before the 32nd Southeast Asian Games gets going in May in Cambodia.
Bachmann said that in the past, NSAs got assistance based on the performances of their athletes in national and international meets.
This time, they have set a criteria based on their status as an Olympic and non-Olympic sport, their athletes being in individual or team sports, along with being medallists and non-medallists in international and national meets as well.
“Under the matrix, there will be certain points for certain criteria for Olympic sports and non-Olympic sports. Is the NSA self-sufficient because some of them have sponsors? For individual and team sports there will be certain points,” he said.
“And for medals in the Olympics, Asian Games or SEA Games there will be certain points. Do they have good governance, may grassroots ba? They earn certain points totalling 100 percent,” Bachmann said during the forum presented by San Miguel Corporation, PSC, MILO, Philippine Olympic Committee, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
He further explained that for NSAs that want bigger financial assistance from the government, they have to deliver the medals especially in the international arena.
“They have to perform. If they perform they get more money from the (overall PSC) budget for next year. We will not base it on historical data,” said Bachmann.
He said the PSC is leaving no stone unturned that the close to 900 athletes as well as their coaches and trainers will have everything they need as they bid to improve on the country’s fourth-place finish last year in Hanoi.