SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go wants to institutionalize the Philippine National Games (PNG) to support aspiring national athletes and develop grassroots sports.
The senator filed on January 21 Senate Bill (SB) 2001, or the “Philippine National Games Act,” to promote sports development program nationwide.
“I continue my advocacy to promote sports in the country with this bill that, I know, will further the development of our sports programs and eventually shape more athletes into champions,” Go said.
SB 2001 aims to institutionalize a comprehensive national sports program linking grassroots sports promotion to elite sports development initiatives.
Go noted that the Constitution mandates the State to promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions and amateur sports to foster self-discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of the nation. This also includes training for international competitions.
“I believe that sports is one way of protecting our youth from bad vices like illegal drugs. We want them to be disciplined, helpful and nationalistic. I know that they’ll find these [values] in sports,” the senator said.
The PNG aims to be a more inclusive national sports competition that will widen the base for talent identification, selection and recruitment of athletes, including those who are not enrolled in schools.
This will constitute the national pool to be trained for international sports competition, Go said. “Patuloy kong hinihimok ang ating mga kabataan na pumasok sa (I continue to encourage our youth to enter) sports.”
Date: January 25, 2021 | By: Bernadette Tamayo | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source: https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/01/25/news/national/go-wants-to-institutionalize-philippine-national-games/832240/amp/?fbclid=IwAR1ihztI1gjeJVOIeNpvuAnwTnO1ktNX_ztgOz6RMXXCHIryfIEe20Xlq_U