By Kristel Satumbaga
The Philippine Sports Commission welcomed the Senate’s Ratification of the Bicameral Report on the establishment of a National Academy for Sports (NAS), saying it a big boost to the country’s efforts to build a deeper grassroots program.
In a statement, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez thanked both houses for the work they invested in recognizing the importance of the NAS in building and providing opportunities for the youth.
“As a former athlete, the birth of the National Academy of Sports is indeed a welcome development,” he said.
“Affording our youth quality education and world class sports training is a very commendable move to say the least… This will definitely propel, prepare and encourage our athletes to compete creditably in the world stage.”
The four commissioners echoed the sentiment, saying that a strong grassroots program is essential in feeding the elite sports program.
“(It’s) a welcome development in the institutionalization of sports in the Philippines,” said Commissioner Ramon Fernandez.
“This will be an avenue for us to produce world-class Filipino athletes. Moreover, the athletes will also be academically adept while pursuing their dreams for sports excellence.”
Commissioner Celia Kiram also said the NAS “provides a clear direction for student-athletes” both in their academic and sporting careers.
“With this, student athletes will be properly guided in their chosen disciplines aside from enjoying the luxury of training in a world-class facility,” she said.