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Go targets opening of National Academy  of Sports for High School in two years 

August 26, 2019 - Monday 12:08 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Bong Go speaks to a couple of athletes present at the opening ceremony of the Batang Pinoy National Championship in Puerto Princesa on Sunday.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY - Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go targets the completion of the National Academy of Sports for High School within the next two years, he said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the Philippine Youth Games--Batang Pinoy 2019 National Championships in Puerto Princesa Sunday afternoon.

Go said he has already spoken with stakeholders such as the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), which handles the land on which the academy will be built.

Go also advised young athletes that government is determined to improve further the country’s sports development program as a way to develop the youth into productive citizens and keep them away from illegal drugs.

“I filed a bill (Senate Bill No. 397) in the Senate para magkaroon tayo ng National Academy of Sports for High School,” Go said in his speech at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex. He explained that the school will be built in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac where the government is currently building a 50-hectare sports complex that contains a stadium, an aquatic center, national sports training center and athletes village.

The Senator added that with this bill, scholarships will be offered to promising athletes. The proposed school has the support of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). 

“Para din kayong nag-aaral ng high school, kaya lang may curriculum po na kasama na rin po ’yung pagiging atleta ninyo. Magiging iskolar po kayo. Suportado po ito ng DepEd at kasama rin po ang PSC,” Go told the athletes. 

Go said that the school is meant to help develop the youth aspiring to be professional athletes and to also develop sports science in the country. “Ang curriculum nito ay may special emphasis sa physical education at sports development. Makakatulong ang ganitong eskwelahan sa pagpaplano sa future career ng ating mga kabataan na nagnanais na maging professional athletes.”

“Sa pamamagitan din ng NASHS at iba pang programa, hangad kong mas mapahusay natin ang research at development ng sports science sa Pilipinas para masigurong tuloy-tuloy ang ating pag-unlad sa larangan ng sports.”

The national championships of Batang Pinoy 2019, which is open to in-school and out-of-school Filipino youth aged 15 and below, will run from August 25 to September 1, 2019.