SEN. Emmanuel Pacquiao has filed a bill providing for the establishment of community fitness center in every barangay (village) nationwide to serve as a venue for physical fitness, wellness program and sports activities of all residents of the community.
In filing Senate Bill 390, an “Act providing for the establishment of community fitness center in every barangay nationwide,” Pacquiao said the Constitution mandates the State to promote physical education; encourage sports programs, league competitions and amateur sports; and provide training for international competitions to foster self-discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of healthy alert citizens.
The collective health of the people affected, to a great extent, the success of its overall socioeconomic development, the senator said.
He explained that the state of health and mental fitness of every person is the controlling factor in the ability to take advantage of education, technical capabilities and business entrepreneurship.
One method of maintaining a good physical and mental health condition is by involving Filipinos in physical fitness activities and sports program, Pacquiao said.
Under the proposed measure, there shall be established, under the supervision of the municipal and city health officer, a community fitness center in every village nationwide.
This community fitness center shall provide physical fitness programs, training and sports activities.
It shall also provide free seminars to would-be physical fitness leaders and trainers in the barangay.
The municipal or city mayor shall, upon the recommendation of the local health board of the municipality or city where the center is located, appoint one full-time fitness instructor who will manage the center.
The fitness instructor, appointed to be the manager of the center, shall receive a monthly compensation of not less than P10,000 to be charged to the annual appropriations of the municipal or city health office where the center is located.
The fitness instructor shall perform the following functions: formulate criteria for the selection of qualified individuals for training accreditation as volunteer physical fitness instructor in the center; introduce and implement, upon approval by the Sangguniang Barangay (Village Council), various physical fitness and sports competitions within the barangay; conduct consultations with the residents of the barangay in identifying any physical fitness activity and sports program that shall be implemented by the centers; oversee and ensure the continuous and effective implementation of the physical fitness activities and sports program undertaken by the center; and disseminate proper information on the policy and objective of their physical fitness and sports activities to encourage the active participation of the residents.
The amount necessary for the initial implementation of the measure shall be charged to the appropriations of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Thereafter, such sum as may be necessary for the continued operations and maintenance of the community fitness centers shall be included in the annual budget of the city or municipality where the community fitness center is located.
Once enacted into law, the act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette and in at least two newspapers of general circulation.