‘We need Pagcor budget’ – Garcia

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is eyeing ‘Godfather’ from both the House and Senate to help the agency regain the whole five percent share from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pacgor) and other remittances from income-generating agencies.

Garcia said he set to meet with Senator Edgardo Angara today to discuss among other the current financial status of the agency even as it face a significant decreased for its 2011 budget from the General Appropriations Act (GA).

Earlier, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) endorsed P165 million budget, a huge slashed from P750M proposed by Garcia’s predecessor Harry Angping.

“We need to explain the details of our expenses for the next year. Kulang ang P165 million since the we set to participate in the SEA Games and we have to prepare our athletes for the Olympics in London in 2012,” said Garcia.

Angara chaired the Education, Arts and Culture as well as Science Technology Committees in the Senate and member of the powerful budget committee.

“We need Godfather in both the House and Senate to lobby for our budget. If not we need their help as well to regain our share in Pagcor and other income-generating agency,” added Garcia.

Under epublic Act 6847, the law that created the PSC, the agency is entitled to 5% shares from monthly gross income of Pagcor. But the PSC is getting only 2.5%, roghly P30 to P40 million.

The budget is  used for the training and other expenses of the athletes which currently around 600.

Also Garcia said he also set a meeting with officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Racing Commission and the Bureau of Customs for possible fund allocation.

“Under the law, mayroon din kaming dapat makuhang shares sa mga ahensiya itong,” Garcia said.

Customs commissioner Lito Alvarez said during yesterday’s No Hold Barred forum at the NPC building that he will asked the finance office for the review of said budget allocations.

“Kami sa Customs ay handing ibigya kung ano ang budget na kailangan naming ibigay ayon sa batas,” said Alvarez.

The PSC used to receive roughly P3 to P6 million from Customs duties and taxes from imported sports apparel and equipment. Edwin Rollon

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