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PSC to the rescue

By Nick Giongco

Lodging expenses to be incurred by the national athletes that will be relocated from government-owned facilities will be shouldered by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Executive Director Guillermo Iroy met with representatives of various national sports associations and assured them that PSC will take care of their temporary board and lodging as the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and Philsports in Pasig are set to undergo massive repairs.

The upgrading of facilities as well as rehabilitation is in line with the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games form Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

“They have to look for a place that is secured because their security is of paramount importance,” said Iroy, stressing that the PSC is mandated to look after their welfare especially that they are gearing for the 2019 SEAG.

Iroy likewise brushed off reports that the PSC is not lending a hand in searching for the athletes’ temporary shelter.

“The PSC will pay the expenses as long as the ones they have identified as their new homes meet our standards,” said Iroy, noting that while the agency won’t scrimp on spending, the national sports associations should come up with reasonable choices.

“We don’t expect them to rent luxury condominiums and we don’t expect them either to rent units in areas that will compromise their safety,” he added.

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