SEN. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara on Monday said the establishment of a Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS) will help the country in coming up with a pool of world-class athletes.

The senator earlier filed Senate Bill (SB) 330 seeking the creation of PHSS dedicated to developing budding young athletes while providing them with quality secondary education.

Admission to the PHSS, including the grant of scholarships, will be on the basis of "try outs" and other examinations as determined by the school's board of trustees.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22, backed the creation of a national academy for sports for high school students.

"For a country that is crazy about sports in general, it has a shortage of elite athletes who can compete with the best in the world," Angara said.

In order to produce world-class athletes, he said that training should start at an early age and should be focused and well-funded.

"We are all waiting for the day when we will be able to watch more of our homegrown athletes competing at the world stage and seeing them bring home glory for the country," Angara said.

In the previous 17th Congress, Angara worked for the approval of Republic Act (RA) 11214, which created the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC).

Under the supervision of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the PSTC will have training facilities for Olympic sports and other sports activities deemed necessary by the PSC.

Unlike the PSTC, the proposed PHSS will provide student athletes with the same quality education as regular high schools but with special emphasis on developing athletic skills of the students through subjects pertaining to physical education and sports development.

SB 330 aims to prepare "students who have shown their early potential of excelling in sports for a sports-related career while undergoing quality secondary education."

Angara noted how public school students are at a disadvantage compared to their private school counterparts in terms of exposure to sporting activities, "not only because PE (physical education) is treated as a separate academic subject, but also because of the active development of varsity teams that participate in inter-school leagues across the country."

Angara also authored and sponsored RA 10699, which increased the cash incentives and expanded the benefits given to winning athletes, coaches and trainers.




Date: August 13, 2019 | By: Bernadette Tamayo | Newspaper: The Manila Times | Source: