Beyond Filipino Pride

Filipinos truly love sports. We have been there when Manny Pacquiao scores a knock out on his opponents. We support football after Azkals made its goals on the net and basketball can seen everywhere in the country. When it comes come to passion and talent to craft, surely Filipinos have a lot of that, but beyond the dedication, external problems takes its place. We are into sports; are we ?

Lack of sports facilities is one of the main reasons why athletes and sporty at heart negates the chance to improve their skills on the sport they love. The government not fully supporting the sports industry is also another huge hindrance to its success.

The Philippine Sports Commission tackles all sports – related concerns in the country, but it only receives lower than 200 million as its annual budget from the congress. ( Philstar Global) short enough to fund only its continuous operation, not the renovation. One being the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Built in 1930’s RMSC is considered one of the oldest pre-war structures in the country. Even though it is old and was recently put to b sold on a group of businessman and was halted, thanks to PSC, the facility was considered a heritage site and have housed many sporting events up to now.

In an interview with former senator Nikki Coseteng on Manila Times, she mentioned the urgency to create sports facilities, stadium and sports quarters. She also described the Filipino sports  as “messy” for having the development of sports itself in some areas are weak, invisible, underdeveloped and well- developed.

We may have big arenas like Mall of Asia Arena and Araneta Coliseum but are owned by private sectors. The Philippine Arena and Philippine Sports Stadium who are owned by the religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo. Coseteng added that we should have a sports complex that every athletes and Filipinos can own to themselves.

In schools, the subject Physical Education is a subject that should be energizing the students and teach them the importance of physical fitness only cuts a half or two in the class’ time and we have to admit that there are some schools who do not give much importance about sport.

There are sports documentaries showing the struggles of athletes on their everyday training. No safety gadgets while playing and lack of sports materials; this post as a bigger problem to the athletes who resides on the rural areas where in fact produces the more competent and strong athletes.

Furthermore, the government and other private sectors secures their continuous help to fasten the development of the sport industry in the country. Like the two facilities under the construction in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac that will be used to host the 2019 SEA Games.

Even those who are not into sports we can be of any help to the improvement of the industry ! By simply donating to even the smallest amount you  can give or just by helping the athletes maintain the facilities they have by cleaning. One thing is for sure, even though we lack facilities needed, Filipinos heart for sports will never falter !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons Why The Philippines Remains a Third World Country

1. The Philippines was once a Colony of Spain.

2 . The Philippines Lacks in Advanced Infrastructure
3. The Philippines is Developing Economy.

 

4. The Philippines has Low Quality of Life .
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5. The Philippines suffers from Political instability such as Insurgency.
6. The Philippines has High Rates of Poverty Incidence.

 

7. The Philippines has Overpopulation

 

8. The Philippines Suffers from low level of Sanitation.
9. The Philippines generally doesn’t have access to Quality Health Care .

 

10.The Philippines is still a Low Income Country.
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ASEAN

ASEAN unity is crucial, period. We can’t genuinely progress in political integration if we lack an institutional security architecture and political vehicles to better this security structure.

In the so-called ASEAN roadmap, we have the ASEAN Political-Security Community as the pillar for common political & security challenges in Southeast Asia, particularly the South China Sea disputes. The SCS fiasco’s commenced a de facto arms race among claimant states, and now we’re witnessing 100%+ increase in defense spending of some of them like Vietnam.

As an appendage to the dangerous arms race, the threats to fishermen are also equally concerning. In 2000, one Chinese fisherman was shot dead by the Philippines near Palawan Island, while for the last 3 years we witnessed Chinese naval ships deliberately attacking and sinking Vietnamese fishing vessels in both Paracel and Spratly Islands. Many of the claimants, despite their worries about their fishermen’s safety, encourage continued fishing activities in the most contentious areas of the disputed waters in order to reiterate firmly their sovereignty claims.

The seemingly unceasing onslaught against fishermen -who’re not all guilty of illegal fishing and poaching- is barely jointly tackled by ASEAN+3 summits. Although we have both the Fisheries Consultative Forum and the Strategic Plan of Action Cooperation on Fisheries 2016-2020, ASEAN still has no mechanism concerned about attacks on fishermen in South China Sea, most especially if the attacker’s from an outside state like China. We have to set ASEAN ad hoc committees concerned with all tangible activities in SCS, and the review that they will conduct must be submitted to ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for serious discussion.

We need to have a common policy and approach on both the conspicuous militarization of SCS and armed threats against civilian life & fishing industry at large.