Bill recognizing athletes’ right to try out, participate in int’l competitions pushed

Published July 12, 2018, 10:54 AM

by iManila Developer

By Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Two women lawmakers want to make unlawful the act of directly or indirectly threatening or denying an athlete from participating in try outs,  training programs and/or representing the country in sports competitions.


Bill recognizing athletes’ right to try out, participate in int’l competitions pushed

Antipolo Rep.  Cristina “Chiqui” Roa-Puno and Taguig City Rep.  Pia Cayetano said it is right of an eligible athlete to try out,  train, and participate in international sports competitions and represent the country as part of the national team.

They filed House Bill 7470 to emphasize that it is the obligation of employers, educational institutions, athletic associations,  sports organizations and clubs, whether amateur,  semi-professional and professional,  as well as their officials to allow an athlete to try out,  train and participate in international sports competitions.

“To allow greater access to the untapped pool of gifted individuals and to showcase the talents of Filipino athletes to the world,  this bill recognizes their right to participate in training programs and to represent the country in international sports competitions, ” Puno and Cayetano said.

HB 7470 prohibits and penalizes any act that curtails the right of an athlete to try out for,  and train with, the national team,  and thereafter participate in international competitions representing the country.

“Through the passage of this bill,  nationalism would be promoted and the significant role played by athletes in nation-building shall be recognized, ” the authors of the bill said.

Under the bill,  a written complaint for violations of the proposed Act may be filed with the following bodies: Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)  for violations committed to amateur sports and national sports associations (NSAs);  Games and Amusement Board (GAB)  for violations committed in professional sports;  Department of Education (DepEd)  or Commission on Higher Education (CHED)  for violations committed in educational institutions and school athletic associations;  and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)  for violations committed in the workplace.

HB 7470 provides that upon notice and hearing,  the PSC,  DepEd,  CHED,  GAB and DOLE may impose a fine ranging from P100,000 to P1 million depending on the gravity of the offense,  and the suspension of GAB license or permit, if applicable for violations of this Act.

The measure tasks the PSC,  GAB,  CHED,  DepEd,  and DOLE,  together with athletic associatiobs,  NSAs and the Philippine Olympic Committee,  to issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.