MANILA – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will release P2 million for relief efforts in the "Odette"-devastated areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

PSC Chairman William Ramirez has tapped former PSC Executive Director and Commissioner Fr. Vicente Uy to spearhead the distribution of care packages in typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas and Mindanao. Uy served during Ramirez’s first term as PSC Chief and is now Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Region 7 President.

The relief operations will be supervised by Fr. Uy in coordination with concerned local government units, universities, and parishes.

PSC’s Philippine Sports Institute Deputy Director Marlon Malbog is organizing all sports coordinators in the area to assist Fr. Uy in the distribution of care packages.

“Fr. Uy has the leadership and integrity to be on top of this on the ground. We are directly coordinating with him. The PSC, archdioceses, universities, teachers, and the sports community will come together and help,” Ramirez said in a news release on Thursday.

“The PSC’s compassion for the calamity victims and passion for the cause of humanity is deeply appreciated,” said Fr. Uy on the PSC board’s action.

On Monday, the PSC partnered with the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the transport of about 10,000 bottled water and 900 units of mattresses to the local government of Bohol. Succeeding packages still being organized will also be sent.

The PSC Board also approved the release of PHP15,000 financial assistance for each of the 136 athletes and 31 coaches reported as affected by the typhoon. (PR)