The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading five bills creating regional sports academies that would boost the grassroots sports development of the country.
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, sponsor of the five bills originated from the House of Representatives, said that the establishments of the sports academies would enhance the morale of the youth athletes and would develop their skills.
All the five measures have been passed unopposed by the 14 senators present.
These are House Bill no. 4292 or an act establishing the Misamis Occidental Sports Academy in Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental; House Bill No. 4308 or an act establishing the Davao Sports Regional Academy in Tagum, Davao del Norte; and House Bill no. 4307 or an act establishing the Siargao Island Sports Academy and Training Center in Dapa, Surigao del Norte.
The Senate also passed House Bill no. 4605 or an act establishing the Alfonso Sports Academy and Traning Center in Alfonso, Cavite and House Bill no. 4461 or an act establishing the Talisay Sports Academy and Training Center in Talisay, Cebu.
Angara said the academies would be the primary sports development and training centers for their respective provinces and neighboring towns.
He said the many talents of young athletes, especially those from the provinces, have remained untapped.
“We have so much potential, but we still lack the policies, facilities and personnel needed to hone the skills and raw talent of those far away from the big training centers in Metro Manila and other urban centers,” Angara said.
“I believe establishing sports academies like these shall jumpstart grassroots sports development all over the country. With these facilities, many young athletes could adequately prepare for a genuine career in sports, and eventually improve their chances in the local and international arena,” he added.
With proper coordination and implementation of the sports academies, Angara said the Philippines can hopefully produce more future Manny Pacquiaos, Elma Muroses and Lydia de Vegas.
The bills were originally authored in the House of Representatives by Representatives Jorge Almonte, Anthony del Rosario, Abraham Tolentino, Gerald Gullas and Francisco Matugas respectively.