Name of Organization. Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF) doing business under the name of Obstacle Sports Pilipinas (Note: “Pilipinas” is the Filipino term for “Philippines”)
Address. POSF official address is at No. 1238 Emilio Jacinto Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City 1212, Philippines.
Juridical Personality. POSF is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-profit and non-stock corporation under Company Registration No. CN201702429. (refer to Certificate of Incorporation)
Governance Documents. POSF is governed by its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. These were the documents submitted to and approved by the SEC. (refer to Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws)
The POSF Board of Trustees has adopted the Code of Ethics, Anti-Doping, Competition, Medical and Transgender Rules of the International Obstacle Sports Federation (OSF), as required under its Articles of Incorporation. It will also adopt rules that provide the following:
- Compliance with rules of the OSF, including the undertaking to abide by rules and decisions of the OSF Executive Board, insert in POSF rules such provisions as may be required by the OSF Constitution and Rules, pay all fees that may be imposed by OSF, and submit reports to OSF;
- If there is divergence between the rules of the POSF and OSF, the latter will prevail; and
- Independence of POSF from third parties, government included.
Current Accreditation. POSF has been accredited as the National Sports Association by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the government agency on Philippine Sports. (refer to PSC Board Resolution)
If and when it secures accreditation from the OSF, it will seek accreditation as a recognized member of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
POSF is the only legitimate and governing sports association for Obstacle Sports/ Obstacle Course Racing in the Philippines with a nationwide membership base. As a requirement of the POC, it will publish in three newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines a notice to this effect with the proviso which states that “If there is any other sports body who claims to likewise represent obstacle sports in the Philippines, an objection to the application of POSF should be presented before the POC Membership Commission.”
POSF’s Purpose. Under its Articles of Incorporation, POSF’s primary purpose is “[t]o promote and lead Obstacle Sports, Obstacle Course Racing and related sports and disciplines throughout the Philippines and among Filipinos, and meet the requirements as specified by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Paralympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and the International Obstacle Sports Federation (OSF).”
Its secondary purposes are as follows:
- “To promote and generally advance Obstacle Sports, Obstacle Course Racing and related sports and disciplines nationwide and act as its national governing body in the Philippines.
- To attain official recognition as a sport, and to support the aims, ideals and principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements and for inclusion of Obstacle Sports, Obstacle Course Racing and related sports in multi-sport Games.
- To act as the umbrella organization of all Obstacle Sports and Obstacle Course Racing associations in the Philippines and of Filipinos, and to represent them before the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Paralympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and the International Obstacle Sports Federation (OSF).
- To enact and enforce rules governing Obstacle Sports, Obstacle Course Racing and related Sports and to ensure in all competitions, whether sanctioned by the (OSF) or other sporting associations or federations, that such rules shall be applied in accordance with their terms.
- To supervise the strict application of the Constitution, Code of Ethics, and Anti-Doping Rules, and other rules and regulations.
- To aid the interests and well-being of its Members, and to supervise and enforce the obligations of its Members.
- To strive to ensure that no gender, race, religious, political or other kind of unfair discrimination exists or is allowed to develop in Obstacle Sports, Obstacle Course Racing and related Sports in any form, and that all may participate regardless of their gender, race, religious or political views or any other such irrelevant factor.
- To foster and develop links with other National Associations, National Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations in order to promote the interests of sport in general, and Obstacle Sports and Obstacle Course Racing in particular, at all levels throughout the Philippines and the world.
- To adopt and enforce the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules and develop and maintain programs of detection, deterrence and education.
- To develop sponsorship and marketing opportunities and commercial arrangements in relation to the corporation’s intellectual property, as are appropriate with the purpose of creating a sustainable income stream to further its mission and objects.
- To raise funds for the purpose of promoting and conducting obstacle course racing events, and related activities.
- To undertake and/or do all such things or activities as are necessary, incidental or conducive to the advancement of its mission and objects.”
(refer to Articles of Incorporation)
POSF’s definition of Obstacle Sports/ Obstacle Course Racing. Under its By-Laws, POSF defines Obstacle Sports/ Obstacle Course Racing as a “sport in which a competitor, traveling on foot, must overcome various physical challenges that are in the form of obstacles. Obstacles include, but are not limited to, climbing ropes and over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, crawling under barbed wire, and jumping through fire. It includes obstacle runs and races, functional fitness competitions and adventure racing, mud runs, hybrid races, challenges, themed runs and extreme endurance events, among others. Obstacle Sports and Obstacle Course Racing should be athletic and skill-based, and includes a minimum number and type of obstacles which test endurance, strength, speed and dexterity. Obstacles that are fear or daredevil in nature are not a part of the Obstacle Sports and Obstacle Course Racing.” (refer to By-Laws)
Structure. POSF has a Board of Trustees, where the trustees are the incorporators, an Executive Committee and Working Committees.
Officers/ Executive Committee
President Alberto C. Agra
Vice-President Jan Raven D. Quan
Secretary General James Paul S. Bungubung
Treasurer Carlos Miguel T. Paca
Secretary Mary Jacquelyne S. Cañiza
Technical Jan Raven D. Quan
Athletes James Paul S. Bungubung
Women’s Mary Jacquelyne S. Cañiza
Medical Rholand C. Adaya
Para-Athletes Mark Lester B. Parilla
Board of Trustees
- Rholand C. Adaya
- Alberto C. Agra
- James Paul S. Bungubung
- Mary Jacquelyne S. Cañiza
- Patricia Anne Punzalan Castillo
- Shane Bradley O. Fernandez
- Evaristo Manalo Fonacier
- Carlos Miguel T. Paca
- Mark Lester B. Parilla
- Jan Raven D. Quan
- Zapiro Dante N. Requinala
(refer to Articles of Incorporation)
Representation. At present, one of five of the members of the Executive Committee (20%), one of five Working Committee Heads (20%), two of the 11 Trustees/ Incorporators (18%), and 13 of 35 regular members (37%) are women.
Membership Classification and Rules. To date, POSF is composed of two associations (i.e., Drago-Fort Rock Spartans and Justice Leaguers) and 35 regular members. (refer to List of Members as of February 14, 2017)
The By-Laws provide:
a.) “Classes of Membership – Membership in the corporation shall be classified into Regular and Special, Individual and Group.
i. Regular Membership is reserved for any individual or group who has, within five (5) years immediately preceding the date of admission, participated in an obstacle course racing event duly approved by the Executive Board, as a competitor or judge. On matters requiring the vote of the corporation’s Members, Regular Individual Members are entitled to one (1) vote, while Regular Group Members are entitled to five (5) votes, which may be applied cumulatively or otherwise.
ii. Special Membership may be granted to individuals or groups, who, not having participated in a duly approved obstacle course racing event within five (5) years immediately preceding the date of admission, but has shown support for the sport of obstacle course racing and are willing to pay the required membership dues. Special members are not entitled to vote on the corporation’s Constitution, policies, and other rules and regulations.
b.) Application for Membership – Any individual or group who wishes to seek admission into the corporation shall submit the required application form and supporting documents, and pay the corresponding membership dues as determined by the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall approve membership applications once a month, during its regularly scheduled meetings.
c.) Retention of Regular Membership Status – Regular Membership shall be maintained by participating as a competitor or judge in at least one OCR event duly approved by the Executive Board every three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of admission. Failure to participate in a duly approved OCR event during the prescribed period shall automatically result in the change of status from Regular to Special, provided that the Member pays the membership dues for Special Members.
d.) Termination of Membership – Membership may be terminated for the following causes:
i. Non-payment of membership dues.
ii. Violation of the corporation’s by-laws.
iii. Flagrant violation of the rules of obstacle course racing, including violation of anti-doping laws.
iv. Conviction of a crime punishable by law in the Philippines.”
Financial Status. Since POSF was only incorporated only last January 24, 2017, no financial statement has been prepared. Per its Articles of Incorporation, the total contribution is Twenty-Two Thousand Pesos (Php 22,000), equivalent to USD 440 (at USD1: Php 50).
POSF intends to raise funds. The POSF secondary purposes state that it shall “develop sponsorship and marketing opportunities and commercial arrangements in relation to the corporation’s intellectual property, as are appropriate with the purpose of creating a sustainable income stream to further its mission and objects” and “raise funds for the purpose of promoting and conducting obstacle course racing events, and related activities.” (refer to Articles of Incorporation)
Activities. In 2017, POSF intends to organize or co-organize two obstacle course races, two community workouts, and a series of school visits and Spartan kids training. It will actively support obstacle sports competition in the country. The members shall continue to participate in obstacle course races abroad.
Website. The official website of POSF is https://www.posf.ph
Prepared and submitted by:
Alberto C. Agra
February 14, 2017