Towards a Philippine Football National League: The Second of a Series of Round Table Discussions on Football
The Center for Research and Communication, in cooperation with the Philippine Football Federation, held the Second Round Table Discussion on Football on September 17, 2013 at the Telengtan Hall of the University of Asia and the Pacific. The first RTD on Football was held on April 10, 2013, which focused on a roadmap for the Philippine football industry. The second RTD tackled the establishment of a Philippine Football National League.
The keynote speech delivered by Mr. Randy Roxas, President of the United Football League, was on the adjustments needed to realize the Football National League. Citing the experience of the United Football League which has grown in popularity in the last three years, Mr. Roxas gave examples of tournament formats, league structure, and media/business tie-ups which could be adapted at a national level.
Other speakers presented a wide range of perspectives on how a professionalized football industry could generate increased value. Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, UA&P President, emphasized football’s role in forming character. Atty. Edwin Gastanes of the Philippine Football Federation discussed the current situation of Philippine football which favors the creation of a national league. Mr. Flaviano Fucoy III of the Zamboanga Del Sur–Pagadian Football Association talked about improving the cooperation of football clubs with LGUs. Mr. Angelo Dwight Penson of the Stallion Football Club discussed the need for improvements in the administration of football tournaments. Mr. Miguel Celdran, Managing Director of Bootcamp / Green Tee, Inc., explained how clubs could increase their revenues particularly from sports merchandise. And Dr. Bernardo Villegas, UA&P co-founder, reiterated that football is more than a sport as it can strengthen parent-child relationships and enhance national unity.
The Round Table Discussion also brought together representatives from ABS-CBN Sports, the Henry V. Moran Foundation, MVP Sports Foundation, Stallion FC, the Swiss Football Team (SFV), and Team Socceroo FC. Also present were Ambassador Akinyemi Farounbi of Nigeria, and representatives from the Embassies of Australia, Chile, Indonesia, South Africa, Timor Leste, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.