Philippine sports gets boost with National Academy of Sports Act

Philippine sports got a much-needed boost as President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11470 otherwise known as the National Academy of Sports (NAS) Act.

The ratification of the NAS act means that an educational facility meant for student-athletes will finally get to be created. Duterte formalized the development in a simple ceremony in Davao City on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

“I firmly believe that with this law, we will be able to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of sports development,” said Senator Bong Go, who was one of the principal authors.

Go added that the creation of the NAS in very close proximity to world-class facilities in New Clark City, student-athletes can enjoy a level of training which is at par with the best in the world and at the same time be given quality education.

“It is about time that we establish a learning institution focused on sports. Ngayon na magkakaroon na ng National Academy of Sports, sabay nang mabibigyan ang mga kabataang atleta ng pagkakataon na mag-training at makapag-aral sa isang world-class na pasilidad at eskwelahan,” Go said.

Under this law, the academy will have a secondary educational curriculum that is integrated with distinct sports programs that seeks to fully develop the athletic skills of young Filipino athletes. The campus will sit at the New Clark City Sports Complex in Tarlac and it will be fitted with sports facilities and a host of amenities that the student-athletes can use.

The academy will also be collaborating with both the Department of Education and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

"We are elated to see the hardwork of our leaders in Senate and Congress come to fruition with this law," said PSC Chairman William I. Ramirez, verbalizing the reaction he shares with the four PSC Commissioners, Ramon Fernandez, Arnold Agustin, Charles Maxey and Celia Kiram.

“The PSC commits its support and cooperation in the implementation of RA 11470's provisions, recognizing its success as a vital boost to the country's sports development and complementing the sports agency's efforts in line with its mandate to develop grassroots and elite sports,” he added. (JNP)