PH education system entering ‘new normal’ with stronger support for Filipino athletes — Gatchalian

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Friday said the Philippine education system is entering a “new normal” with stronger support for Filipino athletes.

Gatchalian issued the statement after hailing President Duterte’s signing of the National Academy of Sports (NAS) Act that will finally institutionalize financial, infrastructural, and policy support for aspiring Filipino athletes.

Gatchalian, who co-authored and sponsored the law, said the NAS gives aspiring athletes a boost in unlocking their full potential through a quality secondary education program and a special curriculum on sports.

With the creation of a sports academy, the Olympic gold medal will no longer be elusive to Filipino athletes, he said.

“The National Academy of Sports is where we will raise future generations of Filipino athletes who will be the source of our country’s pride. More than the cheers and applause for their stellar performance and unfaltering determination, our athletes deserve the kind of government support that responds to their needs and pushes them to excel,” Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, said.

Gatchalian said that aside from giving aspiring athletes robust training in world-class facilities, the NAS will ensure holistic quality education so that young athletes can succeed in their chosen professions, whether these are sports-related or not.

The main campus of NAS will rise at the existing New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac, where students will have priority access to world-class facilities.

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will construct the main campus.

The law also mandates the construction of nationally-funded regional high schools for sports, a move that will foster the development of young athletes in other parts of the country.

The NAS will be attached to the Department of Education (DepEd), which will closely coordinate with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in the school’s administration.

Gatchalian also thanked his colleagues who co-authored and co-sponsored the measure. They are Senators Pia Cayetano, Juan Edgardo “Sonny’’ M. Angara, and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

Date: June 13, 2020 | By: Mario Casayuran | Newspaper: Manila Bulletin | Source: