Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go, chairman of the Senate sports committee, co-sponsored the bill creating the Philippine High School for Sports.
If passed into law, Go said a specialized curriculum to be developed by the Department of Education, will allow the youth to study core subjects such as Mathematics and Science, while simultaneously developing their athletic skills.
Senate Bill (SB) 1086, otherwise known as the “Philippine High School for Sports Act of 2019”, provides for the establishment of PHSS. This would enable student-athletes to be enrolled in a sports high school, where they are provided with full or partial scholarships by the government.
Go, who has been a staunch advocate of long-term and grassroots sports development in the country, said in his previous statements that the proposed bill will provide opportunities for students to complete high school, while excelling in their chosen sports.
They will be trained using the world-class sports facilities in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac which will also serve as the site for the proposed high school.
“With the (establishment) of the PHSS in very close proximity to world-class facilities, our student-athletes can enjoy a level of training which is at par with the best in the world,” he said. “This type of training and education can catapult our student-athletes to illustrious careers in sports, whether as athletes, coaches, managers, or any other sports-related profession.”
In previous statements, Go also mentioned that his advocacy is also shared by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
In his 2019 State of the Nation Address, the President expressed his support for the passage of the bill establishing the nation’s sports academy.