Published on Monday, 04 March 2013 23:00 Written by BONG PEDRALVEZ .
Source: Malaya Business Insight
TWO leading figures in the local volleyball scene yesterday called for a change of leadership in the Philippine Volleyball Federation headed by embattled PVF president Gener Dungo.
“Dapat na palitan kasi wala namang nakikitang programa for the past two years,” noted Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou, a former association board member when it was still known as the Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association.
“Having a national women’s team tryouts for the Myanmar Southeast Games without the PVF spending a single centavo is a good thing and yet the president seems indifferent to the move, and even wants to scrap it,” added Palou, one of the founders of the highly-successful Shakey’s V-League. “What kind of leadership is that?”
He disclosed there was a time when the Shakey’s V-League sought PVF sanction “but we are no longer interested since we have shown that we can independently run a league successfully without it (PVF).”
Palou said that Dungo might want to consider stepping down “for the good of Philippine volleyball.”
Dungo will have the chance to air his side when he graces today’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Well-respected veteran coach Dulce Pante, who has handled Adamson University for 16 years before retiring this year, noted that when the PVF conducted its tryouts under Dungo “wala halos sumisipot. Something must be wrong (about the PVF leadership).”
Pante, who also heads the country’s biggest volleyball referees association, said she found nothing wrong in the help being offered by long-time international volleyball official Tats Suzara who is spearheading another set of tryouts for the country’s volley team to the Myanmar Games.
“Wala namang mamawala kung makakatulong sila ng malaki. Buti nga matutuloy ang national team,” Pante said.
She added that since Dungo took over two years ago “ang tagal na kaming naghihintay, sige lang ng sige pero wala namang pinatutunguhan. Marso na, kailan pa sila (PVF) kikilos, wala namang programa para sa national team.”
With standouts from the UAAP and NCAA coming in droves for the tryouts being conducted by Suzara, “yes we can still form a competitive team for the SEA Games. Kung makaka-select tayo, we can compete abroad. You have seen how strong these players are,” Pante said.
“Maganda ang patutunguhan ng national team. Di na kailangang hintayin ang PVF,” she added.
Suzara has been appointed as national team consultant by PVF secretary-general Vangie de Jesus but his appointment was not recognized by Dungo.