Evaluation of the 2012 Advocacy Plan for PATAFA

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An advocacy plan was presented now several years ago by the said individuals Misael Perez, Manny Calpes, and Renato Unso. Three UAAP coaches and the later an athletic legend of Track and Field.

I ask you dear reader? after reviewing this.

It is now safe for me to write this as I am no longer being constrained by the PSC management. And can no longer be accused of the rather mythical ‘Government Interference’..

  1. Are we heading in the right direction?
  2. What changes have been made and what can you  observe?
  3. How many of the promises in the advocacy plan came about?

I will write more on this in my next article. delving into further details. Some of these details may now be irrelevant as 2011, 2013 has come and gone. but i will evaluate what happened in 2011 and 2013 in my next write up.

The three coaches called for an advocacy plan which involved meeting with GTK to discuss reformation and gradual changes within the athletic community. And called for a meeting of the athletic community in the Philippines which is still in the process. Read about it here.


However there are some elements in the Philippines that think more radical reforms are needed by PATAFA within the next few years not spread out over a decade on ways the dwindling sport of Track and Field in the Philippines needs to move forward towards more positive expectations and greater results.

It is not merely enough just to replace the current administration. But you need to ensure the new administration can meet the needs of the people who support it by having well thought out plans and promises they can deliver.  Whoever ends up as the new administration will have a difficult task ahead summed up in the words of medivieval political scientist Nicolo Machiavelli

“To retain power, the hereditary prince must carefully maintain the socio-political institutions to which the people are accustomed; whereas a new prince has the more difficult task in ruling, since he must first stabilize his new-found power in order to build an enduring political structure”


Critique Action Plan

 While the action plan has a very well thought out set of morals. It doesn’t exactly explain how some of these changes are going to come about.

And perhaps can delve into further details to satisfy a curious public?.

Or perhaps these questions will be answered at the mass based forum?


Selection Policy Fair Selection

SEA Games

  1. Bronze Medal Standard last sea games mandatory
  2. Selection Period Jan 1 to 2 months before sea games or set in advance by NSA and PSC/POC all agreeing upon and made known to the athletic community
  3. If more two athletes make bronze medal standard top 2 performances will be selected
  4. For events 100,200,400,100/110H, 400H events must be electronically timed and for 100/200/100/110H also requires a wind gauge present and that the wind reading be below +2.0 m/s in conjunction with the IAAF by laws.
  5. All events standards must be achieved at IAAF sanctioned meets. Performances from unofficial ‘Timed Trials’ will not be counted towards qualification.Suggestions for a Fair Selection process for RP Track and Field at SEA Games

Qualification Dates

In regards to selection, I would like to suggest the qualification period for the SEA Games be extended from 2011 SEA Games date (November 12-16) until September 2013 (over one month before the SEA Games scheduled date allows adequate time to finalize team).

Because if the medalists last SEA games are automatically included then anyone else who makes qf performances from that date onwards should be included aswell its only fair why should a bronze medalist from dec 2011 be allowed an extra year to have a performance when a young/new athlete who has never competed at sea games have to do the performance in less than a year the current system makes it harder for young athletes who make the standard harder to get into the team.

This by no way disadvantages previous SEA Games medalists as they are secured in the team as there performances make the SEA Games performance required. The only way an existing medalist would concede there spot is if within the qualification period two athletes in the same event exceeded there performance during the SEA Games.


Bronze Medal minimal

The Bronze medal standard from last SEA Games should definitely be the minimal standard set. As the SEA Games is the least competitive multi-sports event the Philippines participates in we should not accept a standard lower than this for entry into the SEA Games. If this is allowed it does not set clear enough and consistent guidelines in regards to selection and can lead to disputes and conflict in the athletic community.

We should also definitely not be selecting athletes who have not made the standard over those who have already made the standard in the time frame specified. By honoring a set standard such as the SEA Games bronze medal it sets the expectations that there is a concrete/definitive performance that the athletes are aware they need to achieve. This would further motivate the athletic community and domestic depth as they will now know they all have a fair chance to qualify.

A Bronze medal is the minimal standard and not something were concessions should be allowed for selection. By expecting anything less we are merely lowering the bar of expectations and hence not raising the level of our athletes against those from other SEA Nations.


The Training Pool

One gray area right now is the training pool, members of the national team are those who medalled at the last SEA Games. However the Training pool does not seem to have clear and definite guidelines in place for what merits selection. A suggestion is that the Training pool should only comprise of athletes who have made the bronze standard from the last sea games during the qualification period,  but did not medal last SEA games.


Where can performances be achieved

We also should allow athletes to achieve performances at any meets not just at the Philippine National Games. As there are no meets leading up to the PNG it is very difficult for athletes to perform optimally. The ideal would be to create competitions leading up to the PNG if the PNG is to serve as the primary selection meet. While i strongly feel the importance of the National Games as the primary selection meet I don’t believe it should be the only selection meet.

The reason I say this is because other SEA Nations do not restrict selection to just the National meet and allow overseas performances to count towards selection of their SEA Games lineups as well as this they also host more local meets. If we allow the PNG to be the only selection meet this will handicap us again our SEA Games rivals.

Fair enough the National Championships/Games should be the premier/prestigious meet of the Philippine athletic season, right now it seems the UAAP gets better attendance and performances. The National Championships should include all the best athletes in the country including all the UAAP athletes and would be better powered with domestic meets leading up to it.



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