MANILA -- The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will hold a national consultative meeting for collegiate sports on Oct. 17-18 at the Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City.

In a statement released to the media on Saturday, the PSC said the purpose of the meeting is to help bolster university sports.

The PSC said representatives of about 140 schools, colleges, universities and athletic associations are expected to discuss how to strengthen school sports in line with the agency’s efforts to deepen sports engagement among the youth.

PSC Chairman William Ramirez said he has been actively campaigning for more partnerships with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DepEd) as he recognizes the unquestionable link between education and sports in the molding of a well-rounded citizen.

“Remember that no less than the President has instructed us to make sports accessible to all, to involve the youth more,” said Ramirez in the statement.

The PSC said the meeting is a follow-up to the school-based athletic associations gathering last November. The government sports agency was also hoping that from the first meeting, positive developments have opened up to allow more partnership between universities, colleges, athletic associations and the PSC.

Ramirez emphasized the importance of enriching the university athletic associations, which train future national and professional athletes.

“University sports has always played a big role in elite sports. It has been a rich ground of sports talent and we want to continue to support them,” Ramirez explained.

“PSC is very serious in strengthening grassroots sports. School sports is a pertinent component of that effort,” he added. (PNA)