The Philippines must act speedily to keep its athletes from searching for non-public and foreign aid by means of developing a Department of Sports, Antipolo City Representative Cristina “Chiqui” Roa-Puno advised on Tuesday.
“Our international-class athletes are a source of pleasure and harmony for us Filipinos. Isn’t it time we provided them with the support that is going beyond social media likes and stocks?” she asked.
“Year after 12 months, we have seen budding athletes conflict to advantage get right of entry to enough schooling, at the same time as forever suffering to scrape together funding for competitions here and abroad. It is not any marvel that we retain to lose them to personal entities or worse, overseas shoppers,” Roa-Puno lamented.
Such was the case when the Philippines lost chess grandmaster Wesley So to the US in 2017.
“We have to now not overlook that even as we’ve exceptional athletes representing our us of a, we’ve additionally lost so many of them due to meager authorities aid for sports,” reminded Roa-Puno.
The replacement bill to House Bill No. 3633 authored by way of Roa Puno seeks to create a Department of Sports-a single, unified corporation so that it will offer aid and funding to Filipino athletes. The proposed degree will even declare a national coverage for sports activities as “an engine for country building, social development, and promotion of overall human development”, and provide the management, path, company and national attain necessary for the promoting of youngsters participating in sports. The Committee on Youth and Sports has just approved the substituted invoice this Wednesday morning.
Roa Puno, who presently sits because the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Youth and Sports, is pushing for the passage of the bill. According to Roa-Puno, the Philippines is the best ASEAN member u. S. Without a cupboard-level sports activities branch as its associates both have a Ministry of Youth and Sports or a Ministry of Education and Sports or a Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
“While we do have a Philippine Sports Commission, we need to admit that it does not have the functionality and nationwide reach to oversee all of our efforts to perceive, expand, and nurture Filipinos who display the ability to turn out to be global-magnificence athletes at some point,” stated the lawmaker.
“When I speak about the development and nurturing of athletes, I am talking about making sure that authorities assist is available to help them attain Olympic-stage potentials-an not possible task if we can hold to ignore the Herculean demanding situations that Philippine sports activities keep to face,” Roa-Puno stated.
“Sports isn’t just an instrument to hone champion athletes, it also has the energy to educate the young people the values of self-control, fair play and teamwork. Our government have to consequently act as a catalyst for change so that our nearby skills, athletes who have so much capacity in them, need no longer appearance somewhere else for assist and funding in an effort to succeed,” she introduced.