To help improve the professional development of Filipino student athletes and coaches, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Wednesday, March 10, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the Tertiary School Sports Development Program.
“We welcome this memorandum of agreement as it will allow us to join forces with the PSC in joint projects that we can initiate,” said CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III during the MoA signing held at the CHED Main Office in Quezon City. “We commit the support of CHED in all the undertakings on higher education sports development and wellness,” he added.
Among the objectives of the MoA is to maximize the engagement and collaboration of CHED and PSC in the formulation of a unified tertiary school sports development program. This is also to ensure that the Sports Development Plans higher education institutions (HEIs) are aligned with the “national agenda and of the highest international standards.”
Both CHED and PSC also aim to work together to provide training for student-athletes, coaches, and sports officials on higher education through professional development and continuing education. This is to ensure that the highest coaching and training skills will be given to tertiary athletes.
During the press conference, De Vera shared that among the priority projects under the program include upgrading skills of coaches in various sports – particularly in higher education institutions and secondary education. The creation of short-term certificate programs like sports medicine, among others, will also be prioritized.
De Vera noted that CHED has been “seriously pushing for sports and wellness programs for higher education institutions” – not only for students but also for faculty and school personnel at the tertiary level.
For PSC Chairman William Ramirez, the MoA signing is a “happy” development which may improve Philippine sports in about three years.
If successful, CHED and PSC may also tap the Department of Education (DepEd) bring the program to younger students or those under the age of 18 – including those at the elementary level.
For Ramirez, the partnership would pave the way for more excellent and competitive athletes and coaches in the collegiate level. “This gives us the missing link in providing a professional development in continuous sports education and will cater more to the educational aspect of our teachers in coaching,” he added.
Asked how will the program be implemented amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, De Vera explained that the Commission is in constant communication with stakeholders and experts so sports competitions and other related activities “may eventually resume” amid vaccine rollout and efforts of the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.