Gatchalian bats for strong gov’t, private support to train the next generation of athletes

Published December 11, 2019, 5:41 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Hannah Torregoza 

As the Philippines claims the overall championship finish in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said it is important for all stakeholders to sustain their support for Filipino athletes.

Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian
(SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Gatchalian said it is vital that all sectors—including the government, academe, and the private sector—maintain their support in terms of infrastructure, finances, and policy for all the athletes in consideration of their role in fostering national unity and boosting national pride.

“Nakita natin sa SEA Games kung paanong nagkaisa ang ating mga kababayan sa pagsuporta sa ating mga atleta. Ngunit hindi dapat dito sa SEA Games nagtatapos ang pagkakaisa natin para sa ating mga manlalaro (We saw how during the SEA Games our people were united in supporting our athletes. But our support for our athletes should not end with the SEA Games),” said Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts, and culture.

“Sa puntong ito, mahalagang magkaisa rin tayo sa paghubog ng mga susunod pang henerasyon ng mga atletang magbibigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa (At this point, it’s important that we also unite to mold the next generation of athletes that will bring glory to our country),” Gatchalian said.

The senator said he believes the Philippines is blessed with talented and skillful players who can perform well on the international stage. The country is prepared to provide its athletes with world-class training in state-of-the-art facilities at New Clark City.

“Pagkatapos ng SEA Games, maaari nang gamitin ang mga pasilidad na ito para sa pagsasanay ng ating mga atleta (After the SEA Games, we can now use these facilities for training our athletes),” he said.

At the same time, Gatchalian emphasized the need to establish a Philippine High School for Sports as a crucial step for the grassroots development of sports. The school will be built at New Clark City to develop future generations of Filipino athletes through physical education and sports development subjects.

The lawmaker said corporate sponsors and international donors will complement the efforts of the government to institutionalize academic support for sports. He also said local government units (LGUs) should boost their sports programs and facilities while being on the lookout for potential talents.

In strengthening the nation’s sports development, Gatchalian said it is imperative for the government to have a holistic approach so it can also provide for the needs of its athletes every step of the way.

“Hindi lang natin susuportahan ang mga atleta natin pag sumabak na sila sa laban, sisimulan natin ang pagsuporta sa pinakamaagang pagkakataon (We will not only support our athletes during competitions, we will start supporting them at the earliest opportunity),” Gatchalian said.

 
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Gatchalian bats for strong gov’t, private support to train the next generation of athletes

Published December 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Hannah Torregoza 

As the Philippines claims the overall championship finish in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said it is important for all stakeholders to sustain their support for Filipino athletes.

Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian
(SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Gatchalian said it is vital that all sectors—including the government, academe, and the private sector—maintain their support in terms of infrastructure, finances, and policy for all the athletes in consideration of their role in fostering national unity and boosting national pride.

“Nakita natin sa SEA Games kung paanong nagkaisa ang ating mga kababayan sa pagsuporta sa ating mga atleta. Ngunit hindi dapat dito sa SEA Games nagtatapos ang pagkakaisa natin para sa ating mga manlalaro (We saw how during the SEA Games our people were united in supporting our athletes. But our support for our athletes should not end with the SEA Games),” said Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts, and culture.

“Sa puntong ito, mahalagang magkaisa rin tayo sa paghubog ng mga susunod pang henerasyon ng mga atletang magbibigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa (At this point, it’s important that we also unite to mold the next generation of athletes that will bring glory to our country),” Gatchalian said.

The senator said he believes the Philippines is blessed with talented and skillful players who can perform well on the international stage. The country is prepared to provide its athletes with world-class training in state-of-the-art facilities at New Clark City.

“Pagkatapos ng SEA Games, maaari nang gamitin ang mga pasilidad na ito para sa pagsasanay ng ating mga atleta (After the SEA Games, we can now use these facilities for training our athletes),” he said.

At the same time, Gatchalian emphasized the need to establish a Philippine High School for Sports as a crucial step for the grassroots development of sports. The school will be built at New Clark City to develop future generations of Filipino athletes through physical education and sports development subjects.

The lawmaker said corporate sponsors and international donors will complement the efforts of the government to institutionalize academic support for sports. He also said local government units (LGUs) should boost their sports programs and facilities while being on the lookout for potential talents.

In strengthening the nation’s sports development, Gatchalian said it is imperative for the government to have a holistic approach so it can also provide for the needs of its athletes every step of the way.

“Hindi lang natin susuportahan ang mga atleta natin pag sumabak na sila sa laban, sisimulan natin ang pagsuporta sa pinakamaagang pagkakataon (We will not only support our athletes during competitions, we will start supporting them at the earliest opportunity),” Gatchalian said.

 
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