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Go files bill for Nat’l Academy of Sports for High School

August 09, 2019 - Friday 10:08 AM by MDM

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The country will soon have a national school intended for young athletes, similar to Philippine Science High School and Philippine High School for the Arts, as Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go has filed a bill seeking to create a National Academy of Sports for High School (NASHS).

Senate Bill No. 397 provides that the NASHS “will serve as the premier training center to develop the athletic skills and talents of high school students.” Based on the proposal, it will be built in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, with an initial proposed funding of P150 million. 

Go said that the academy is a gift to athletes and the youth. “Regalo natin ito sa ating mga atleta at mga kabataan,” he said. 

The Senator shared that as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sports, he aims to bring the country back to its former glory in the world of sports, saying “Kailangan nating maibalik ang pagiging sports powerhouse ng Pilipinas sa Asya.”

For the NASHS to be accessible to athletes from different parts of the country, SB 397 “mandates the grant of scholarships, stipends and such other allowances to deserving students.” Scholarships may be in full or partial, and paying students may also be accepted, according to the rules that the board of trustees to be created may promulgate.

Go said that enrolled students will have the best training possible because the academy will be built in Phase 1A of the New Clark City Government Administrative Center (NGAC), which includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an Athletes’ Village, surrounded by a 1.4-kilometer river park development with bikeways and jogging paths.

They will be given “proper exposure to world-class sport facilities and possibly join the National Athletes Pool in various events,” SB 397 states.

The world-class sports complex in New Clark City is expected to be completed by August 2019, in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games, to be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019.

Based bill filed by Go, the proposed initial P150 million for the academy “shall be made available from the funds of the National Treasury,” and the amount to be used for additional expenses “shall be provided in the annual General Appropriation Act.”

The bill also grants the board of trustees the power “to identify satellite branches of the NASHS” so that in the future, the academy can cater to more athletes in the different regions of the country.

According to the bill, the board of trustees of the NASHS will be composed of representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Sports Commission, both houses of Congress and other accredited national sports associations. The board shall have the exclusive power to exercise the corporate powers of the academy.