NSA officials and National coaches and athletes alike lauded and grateful that POC President Abraham Tolentino appointed the former PBA 4-time MVP as the person in charge of the day-to-day needs and wants of the Philippine athletes since they felt his sincerity and commitment to whatever task assigned to him.
“I am happy & excited that he (Fernandez) is the CDM. He is the right chosen one for the position. Comm. Mon has a lot of new strategies to introduce (to) enable Team Philippines to maintain the top position this coming SEA Games. I have positive feedback for him and he really is commendable,” World Archery Philippines secretary general Rosendo “Dondon” Sombrio told iNews.Ph.
Rio Olympian Mary Joy Tabal is expecting Fernandez to exceed expectations, saying the former PBA superstar has a lot to offer to help athletes perform at their best.
“With the appointment of Comm. Mon Fernandez as CDM for 2021 SEAGAMES, the entire Philippine delegation is in the best hand. Comm. Mon has proven to care for the athletes as a Commissioner for the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). He has countless achievements, the latest of this was ensuring the welfare of athletes during this pandemic. With his new task, as the CDM, all factors of planning, preparations, and executions are in good hands.”
“As an athlete himself, the POC has appointed the right person for the job and I know Sir Mon will not view this as (a) basic job because excellence is his way of life. Lastly, I know a lot of us athletes will be inspired right now knowing Commissioner Mon is our CDM, we will now focus on training and prepare ourselves for the upcoming games,” the Philippine marathon queen added.
Champion gymnast and SEA Games 2019 Rhythmic Gymnastic gold medallist Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa also feeling optimistic about the chances of Team Philippines in Vietnam now that the “El Presidente” is now in charge of the affairs of the national athletes.
“I am very happy that Com. Fernandez will be our Chef de Mission because he can help a lot of athletes, and I am one of those. Com. Fernandez is very approachable and he can manage the Team Philippines well. He knows what the athletes feels and what are our needs because he was once an athlete and has represented the Philippines in international competitions. For sure we are in good hands with Com. Fernandez is on top of things. I am so excited and motivated,” said Dela Pisa who left for Manila Wednesday in preparation for her training camp in Hungary, after spending the holidays with her family in Cebu.
The 17-year old cancer survivor won the Hoops and Clubs gold medal for the Philippines at the Santa’s Cup in Budapest, Hungary last December. Last SEA Games, Dela Pisa won the gold medal in Hoops and bronze in Ball and Clubs competition in Manila.
Men’s Boxing Team head coach Ronald Chavez felt Team Philippines is in good hands with Fernandez on top of the situation.
“It is really good that Com. Fernandez is in-charge of Team Philippines. In my own opinion, we coaches and athletes are in good hands. Talagang mabuhay ang #AtletangPilipino,” said the 1996 Atlanta Olympics welterweight campaigner.
Although his appointment was unexpected Fernandez would be the right person for the job. He served as Deputy CDM along with the other PSC Commissioners Charles Raymund Maxey, Celia Kiram and Arnold Agustin during the overwhelming overall championship finish of the Philippine Team during the hosting of the 30th SEA Games last year.
If fuelled with the right preparations, support, budget and training, the PBA All-time leading scorer believed that the Philippines can make the Top 3 of the overall standings in the 40-event competition on Nov. 21-Dec. 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam. RCM