National Games is a multi-sporting event organized by the Philippine Sports Commission
(PSC) aimed to find possible composition of the national team which will
represent the country in international sports events such as the Southeast
Asian Games, Asian Games, and the Olympic Games. By virtue of Executive Order
No. 163, creating the Philippine National Games (PNG) as “the centerpiece
program of the government’s national physical fitness and sports development.”
signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on March 3, 1994.
The EO envisioned the PNG to effectively address the country’s need for a truly comprehensive grassroots sports development program, generating sports activities in the countryside and harnessing the full potential of our people towards athletic excellence. Through this program, local government units (LGUs) and non-governmental organizations such as; the Philippine Olympic Committee, the National Sports Associations and the private sectors were united in support of the games.
PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez envisions that in the next years, the games will serve as a unified sports development program, bringing together all sectors of the community in sports. Discussions on House Bill No. 4594 are now being made in line with the institutionalizing “a truly comprehensive national grassroots sports program, centered on the Philippine National Games, that will harness the vast potentials of the citizenry in discovering and developing champion athletes.” Through these expansions, the PSC working hand-in-hand with the Philippine government, is one step closer in linking grassroots sports promotion to elite sports development.