A Master Plan for Philippine Racing and Breeding

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Atty. Joy Rojas speaks to the assembled horseowners and other industry members at the Thanksgiving Party.

Various horseowners and industry members delivered remarks at the Horseowners’ Thanksgiving Party last 10 January 2008:

MARHO president Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur C. Abalos thanked the supporters of the racing holiday and asked for the bayang karerista’s understanding for the recent events that transpired.  ”Humihingi ako ang paumanhin sa lahat ng bayang karerista at pag-unawa sa nangyari. Let’s now move forward.”

Mayor Abalos added that “everyone should learn from the lessons of the past, na kailangan ng dialogo at pagkakaisa,” especially as the industry works together with Philracom to craft a comprehensive racing program. He also thanked President Arroyo “for heeding our call to improve racing conditions – salamat po!”

Addressing the new Philracom OIC Atty. Joy Rojas and the assembled horseowners, trainers, and other industry people, Mayor Abalos proposed “that there be a council from all sectors where we can review all policies, and form a technical working team.”

He drew attention to the OTB (off-track betting station) situation which needs improvement in terms of numbers and reach, and warned of the threat to racing posed by jai-alai, which will start operations next month.

Mayor Abalos concluded by saying, “Because of our advocacy, we have made history…I propose (the formation of) a federation of horseowners.”

The idea of such a federation, a blanket or umbrella organization covering all the horseowners’ groups, has been touted for many years but snowballed in recent months as more and more horseowners united in a common cause. The formation of the federation, tentatively called “United Horseowners of the Philippines”, is to be further discussed by the four horseowners’ groups – MARHO, Philtobo, KDJM, and SHOP.

New Philracom OIC Atty. Joy Rojas thanked the horseowners for accepting him in his new role, and said that by entering into dialogue with various industry sectors, “naniniwala ako na maso-solve natin ito, and we can all move forward.”

He revealed that he intends to create a long-term “master plan” for horseracing and breeding, to be developed via multi-sectoral consultation, that will serve as a guide for future administrators of the Philracom, “para hindi pa-bago-bago ang policies.”

Philtobo director Francisco “Coco” Cayco, a former Philracom commissioner, observed, “Ngayon lang nagkaisa nang ganito; ibig sabihin, iisa ang layunin.” He went on to say, “The lesson here is that together we can make things happen. Let us keep this camaraderie to make bigger things happen for the whole industry. Let’s not stop, let’s maintain the momentum to move the entire industry forward.”

Other speakers – horseowners Aristeo G. Puyat (former MARHO president), Augusto “Ochie” Santos (former Philracom chairman), Eric Tagle (MARHO VP-Finance), Rellie de Leon (former head of SHOP), Sixto Esquivias (new head of SHOP), Rudy Pamintuan (KDJM president), Dante Arevalo (past president of KDJM), and Rogelio Catajan (trainers’ association head) – congratulated Atty. Rojas on his new responsibilities, and hailed the unity and camaraderie shown by the horseowners and other industry sectors in response to the recent crisis.

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2 Comments on A Master Plan for Philippine Racing and Breeding

  1. Caballero
    13 January 2008 at 8:43 am (4556 days ago)

    Marami pa rin sa ating mga kakosa ang hindi kumbinsido sa naging “ending” ng karera-novela na nauwi sa pagsibak kay Philracom chairman Popoy Fianza. In fact, karamihan sa mga nakausap nating mga klasmeyts sa mga OTB at sa pinakamalaking website ng Kareristang Pinoy-ang http://WWW.MANILAHORSEPOWER.COM ay hindi pabor sa ilang mga mga isyu. Eto, basahin:

    KAMPI SA DATING PHILRACOM CHAIRMAN: Dahil sa pupolar statement ng dating chairman “I’m just doing my job to protect the interest of the betting public”… “if the president wants to replace me for protecting the interest of the betting public so be it”. Subalit ang sagot naman ng iba “eh ano ba ang ginawa mo sa 2-taon mong panunungkulan?” Marami pa rin daw nakakalusot na biyaherong hinete, kapabayaan ng ilan sa mga BOS ng mga clubs regarding BAD CALLS or NON-CALLS sa mga questionable rides, delay sa largahan ng karera, decline in sales for 2006 & 2007, walang drug-testing, etcetera.

    HORSEOWNER NA NAMAN ANG IPINALIT: Bakit daw horseowner na naman ang ipinalit samantalang subok na raw ang mga dating horseowner noong nakaraang terms nila Dilag, Santos, Sanchez et al. Baka daw maging one-sided at pabor na naman sa mga horseowner ang mga magiging desisyon at panukala ng komisyon. Ang sagot naman ng mga kontra—eh ano nga ang ginawa nung ex-general na hindi nga horseowner pero wala naman alam sa karera? Umangat ba ang benta ng karera? May mga stewards ba na nasuspindi (meron…dahil sa celfon..hehe..), dahil sa “bad calls or non-calls”? At bakit bihira lang siya makita sa loob ng karerahan ng dalawang club para mapulsuhan personally ang mga kaganapan sa karera?

    DAPAT ISALI SA DISKUSYON ANG ORDINARYONG KARERISTA: Agree ako na dapat ay may konsultasyon din na ginagawa ang Philracom sa mga maliliit na Kareristang Pinoy. Ito ay madalas na nating naisulat sa kolum na ito na dapat ay magkaron ng isang GRAND RACING SUMMIT na lalahukan ng lahat ng players ng industriya including owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms, helpers, exercise riders, club operators, OTB operators, racing programs, club employees, trailer operators, breeders, veterinarians, businessmen/importers, racing media and the different organizations of racing fans like http://WWW.MANILAHORSEPOWER.COM et al.

    Sa ganitong paraan ay maririnig din nila ang mga suggestions ng maliliit na players ng industriya para sa gagawing mga adjustments sa batas ng Philracom. Madaling isipin pero tila hirap gawin at ipatupad ng mga dating nakaupo. Bakit kaya? Sana ay ikunsidera ito ni Atty Joy Rojas na kilala nating isang well-rounded person who always has an ear for those who have something credible to say.

    LET’S GIVE HIM A CHANCE: Ito naman ang mungkahi ng mga konserbatibo na dapat eh bigyan din ng pagkakataon ang bagong OIC para patunayan sa bayang karerista na may pag-asa pang maayos at umunlad ang ating paboritong libangan. Agree po ako sa mungkahing ito. Pipilitin nating ipararating sa kanya, sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, na bigyan din sana ng pansin ang boses ng maliliit na mananaya.Hindi rin naman natin masisi ang ilan sa ating mga klasmeyts sa kanilang mga negatibong opinion sanhi na rin siguro ng pangkalahatang nangyayari sa ating bansa na marahil ay nakakadagdag sa pagiging “praning” ng ating mga kababayan tuwing involved ang mga nakaupong maykapangyarihan sa bansa.

  2. ATTY. MARIO A. COSTO
    13 January 2008 at 11:58 am (4556 days ago)

    well, if there is something new that should be introduced in the billion peso horseracing industry, it is the etnry of the government into the world of horseracing industry. Just like the operation of Casinos in the Philippines is which under the direct control, management and supervision of thew PAGCOR, there should be a counterpart in the horseracing industry. Remember, this is a billion peso industry, just like the operation of Casino. and this industry requires lots and lots of space, investment, people, workers, etc. While operating the Casino has limited capital and resources. But why is the government not keen on creating an agency similar to PAGCOR in the horseracing industry. Well, it’s a puzzle, and will remain a puzzle forevermore.
    Well, let’s get back to the real world. How do you draft the laws, rules and regulations governing the implementations and operations of the Horseracing in the Philippines? easier said than done. There is a saying which has kept on reverberating, “ROME was not built in a day, my friend”.