New tact for settling NSA disputes

Philipine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI) president Atty. Raymund Tan (2nd from left) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chief Ricky Vargas (3rd from left) seal a memorandum of understanding that would lessen disputes among national sports associations. With them are PDRCI secretary general Atty. Robert Dio and POC first vice president Joey Romasanta, PDRCI vice president Salvador Panga, POC arbitrations committee member Charlie Ho, POC legal counsel Al Agra and POC communications director Ed Picson. (Contributed photo)

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) formally reached an agreement with the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI) in an effort to resolve conflicts among the national sports associations (NSA).

POC president Ricky Vargas and PDRCI chief Atty. Edmund Tan sealed a memorandum of understanding that would pave the way for the creation of a new Alternative Dispute Resolution framework that would untangle intra-corporate disputes in the Olympic family.

So far, a handful of NSA are being hampered by leadership trouble, including swimming, which is a mandatory sport that is crucial to the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games this November.

“We are following the model of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sports,” said Vargas, who will raise the matter before the POC executive council and the POC general assembly.

“As soon as this is approved by the POC board and general assembly, the PDRCI will conduct seminars for NSAs to better understand the workings of mediation and arbitration.”

Tan said they are happy to back the POC in its bid of getting rid, or at least reducing, internal problems.

“We are very proud to be a significant part in this milestone in Philippine sports,” he said in a press statement.

“We hope to assist the POC in streamlining their programs without the distraction of troublesome disputes.”

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