Lady solon pushes for creation of schools for sports

January 2, 2014 7:10 am 

MANILA, Jan. 1 — Following the success of Filipino athletes in international competition, a lawmaker has filed a bill creating a school for sports to develop world-class athletes.

Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla authored House Bill No. 2302 aimed to establish the Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS) to develop world class athletes who will represent the country in international tournaments as well as encourage the Filipino youth to excel in sports and in education.

“It will be founded on the basic philosophy of education, that sports and physical development are basic elements in the education and formation of the youth, especially on the level or stage of basic education,” Mercado-Revilla said in her explanatory note.

The Cavite solon said the basic strategy for sports development to enable the country to become competitive in international competitions is to have a two-pronged approach to talent and player development.

“This approach looks at grassroots development on the one hand and elite training on the other,” Revilla said.

“It will also allow the general development of the sport in terms of becoming more popular and widely played and followed,” she added.

Among the Filipino athletes who brings home the bacon were Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire who both showed their guts and talents in boxing defeating their opponents convincingly; Fidel Repizo, gold medalist in discus throw category; Arnold Villarube, Ralph Waldy Soguilon, Albert Salcedo and Henry Dagmil, who won gold in 400 meters relay all from the recent Southeast Asian Games (SEA) and many more unsung heroes in sports.

Smart Gilas Philippines also showed toughness in ASIA-FIBA Basketball placing second overall.

Under the bill, the school shall offer, on a free scholarship basis, a secondary course with special emphasis on developing the athletic skills of the students, with the end in view of training young Filipinos for international sports competitions.

The school will be headed by a director to be appointed by the President with a fixed term of eight years.

The bill will also create a Board of Trustees to be composed of the Secretary of Education, the Director of the Philippine High School for Sports and three representatives from accredited sports associations. (PNA)

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