With 277 votes, the Lower House has unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8700 authored by Baguio Rep. Mark Go, which seeks to create a specialized high school for sports in the city.
The specialized school for sports aims to provide scientific training to promising young athletes in Baguio and other parts of the Cordillera.
Under the bill, the school will offer a sports-focused curriculum complemented by the general academic curriculum.
The school shall be administered and supervised by the Department of Education, in close coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) that will help in policy and program formulation and implementation and provide technical assistance.
“There are so many aspiring young athletes in the country. Many promising talents do not receive adequate training and support and are not exposed to the proper opportunities to pursue their athletic dreams further. If we can provide them with the proper support, facilities, coaches and trainers, the future can only be brighter for Philippine sports,” Go said.
“Establishing a sports high school in Baguio will open many opportunities for young athletes in Baguio and the Cordillera, which may be replicated in many strategic locations nationwide. With added government support, these facilities could further be improved to meet international standards,” Go added.
The bill is set to be transmitted to the Senate for approval. – Press release