SPEAKING at the opening ceremony of the Philippine Youth Games–Batang Pinoy 2019 National Championships, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he is pushing for the establishment of a National Academy of Sports for High School (NASHS).
Go advised young athletes the government is determined to further improve 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 Senate Bill 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. Go explained 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.
Go 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 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,” he added,
“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 tuluy-tuloy ang ating pag-unlad sa larangan ng sports,” Go stressed.
Go also reminded the participants of President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm stand against illegal drugs. “Galit si Pangulong Duterte sa mga kriminal. Galit din po ako sa mga kriminal. Galit si Pangulong Duterte sa mga durugista. Galit din po ako sa mga durugista,” he emphasized Go warned the athletes that drugs will destroy their lives. “Huwag po kayong tumikim ng droga. Kayo ang future natin. Kapag pumasok kayo diyan, wala na, sira na ang inyong pamilya,” he said.
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.
In an interview after the program, Go told reporters he is hoping for NASHS to become a reality in two years. He said he has also met with stakeholders, including the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) which handles the land where the academy will be built on.
“Sa ngayon, na-file na po ito. Pinag-aralan na namin. Nagkaroon po kami ng initial meeting with DepEd, PSC, BCDA, para sa building, sa lote at sa mga pasilidad. Most likely, within the next two years, maisakatuparan na po ito at magkakaroon na tayo ng kauna-unahang sports academy,” Go said.
Go clarified also that NASHS will admit Grade 7 to Grade 12 students, but the number of students is yet to be discussed with DepEd.
The senator also explained why the school is a groundbreaking project for student athletes. “Sa ngayon kasi, wala tayong school na primarily nakatutok sa mga atleta. So ibig sabihin, bata ka pa may potensiyal ka at gusto mo mag-aral, in time, tuturuan ka sa larangan ng palakasan.”
“Naroon na lahat sa New Clark City ang mga pasilidad. Habang nagti-training ka, di mo iiwanan ang iyong pag-aaral. Ang hirap kasi ngayon, habang nag-aaral ka, athlete ka pa, napapalayo ka sa iyong training. So, sa sports academy, iha-house sila sa isang building, condominium. Nag-aaral sila while training.” Go said.