New PSC chairman Jose Emmanuel "Noli" Eala 

MANILA – Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Jose Emmanuel “Noli” Eala has been named chair of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Malacañang announced Tuesday.

“We confirm the appointment of Mr. Noli Eala as chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in a press statement.

The Office of the President also released an Aug. 30 letter confirming Eala’s appointment. It was signed by Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez.

Eala, who will be the PSC’s 11th chair, will replace William Ramirez.

Prior to his appointment, Eala was PBA commissioner from 2003 to 2007.

He is most known for allowing the PBA to send pro league players to international tournaments such as the FIBA.

Eala was also founding executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and play-by-play commentator.

He also became sports director at San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

Eala is currently vice-president for corporate affairs of JoyRide ride-hailing service.

The PSC is the top government sports body by virtue of Republic Act 6847 or The Philippine Sports Commission Act. (PNA)