Resignations in the sports council

As President of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc., I sent this message out early this morning in reaction to this news.

This is to confirm media reports that Rommel Tan of AAK has sent an email letter of resignation yesterday (September 10, 2009) and earlier sent a text message of resigning from the Davao City Sports Council, Inc.

No such message was received regarding the reported resignation of Salvador Paholio, Jr. of cycling.

I am surprised by their resignation.

They are active members of the Sports Council and have been undertaking various activities in their respective sports here and in participating in tournaments on the national and international levels.

I am calling for an emergency meeting of the Sports Council as soon as possible to calendar these matters.

We are not aware of any problems with their membership in this sports coordinating body, although their national sports associations are having leadership problems. The same can be said of other sports bodies at the national level. However, I am happy to note that leadership problems hounding a number of NSAs have not affected the local sports body.

The Davao City Sports Council is primarily a coordinating council. It is not a policy-making body or a funding agency and it fully allows its member national sports associations to undertake their own programs, projects and activities.

Part of the Sports Council’s role is to be the NSAs link with the City Government in coordinating annual sports activities such as during the Araw ng Dabaw, Kadayawan and Paskuhan sports competitions. It also links with the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and civil society groups such as the Sports for Peace Foundation of former PSC chair William “Butch” Ramirez.

The Davao City Sports Council also undertakes the annual So Kim Cheng Awards, now going on its 16th year in partnership with the So Kim Cheng Foundation, and the new Vic Sai Sports Journalism Awards, now going on its 2nd year.

The Sports Council just recently held its election of officers and there were no indication at all of any of these resignations. Mr. Paholio was in fact re-elected as an officer.

We respect the individual decisions of NSA officials on their membership in the Davao City Sports Council. We wish that they would continue to be of service to the sports community of the city.”

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