GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero aims to become voice of athletes in Congress

Determined to expand his reach among the country’s sports programs, Dr. Mikee Romero assured on Saturday that 1Pacman party-list will stay true to its promise of putting the national sports development as its top priority.

A staunch supporter of several sports disciplines, including basketball, in the country, Romero, 45, said he aims to fulfill his promise of giving back to the sporting community which helped raised him as a successful sports and business leader.

Romero, one of the country’s youngest sports leaders, has been supporting sports through his Globalport Batang Pier team in the Philippine Basketball Association and Manila Sharks polo team.

He was also involved in shooting, a sport he practiced among other disciplines.

“I’ve always loved and supported sports development in the country. What we need is a comprehensive grassroots plan to tap the youth in sports starting in schools and barangays,” he said.

1Pacman, No. 25 on the ballot, through Romero, has been endorsed by different sports personalities such as Gilas Pilipinas stars like Jayson Castro, Marc Pingris and Terrence Romero, two-time PBA MVP James Yap and volleyball standouts like Rachel Anne Daquis and Aby Maraño.

“Through 1Pacman, I am seeking to represent the marginalized sectors of our society in Congress, aiming to focus not only in sports but also in education and job creation,” Romero explained.

Romero was a former varsity player at De La Salle U where he earned his Management degree. He has a masters degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management, and two doctorate degrees in Business Administration and Political Economics from the International Academy of Management and Economics-Philippines and De La Salle University.

Romero is convinced the Philippines can produce more world-class athletes like Manny Pacquiao, Lydia de Vega, Paeng Nepomuceno and Arianne Cerdena if more funds will be allotted for sports development and training.

“What we need is for the government to focus on developing young athletes and providing them venues to compete like the Palarong Pambansa. Many of our youth have the talent and skills but what they need is extensive training and opportunities to compete in high level tournaments” Romero said.

Once elected, Romero said, he will seek to provide more funding for school and barangay-based sports programs.

“I want to give back to the Philippine youth community,” reiterating his stand for equal opportunities to all through sports. – By Jerome Lagunzad

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