MANILA-- The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure which seeks to create a National Sports Training Center (NSTC) in the Philippines to provide the best possible training opportunities for national athletes.
With 220 affirmative votes, the lower chamber unanimously approved House Bill 5615, otherwise known as the National Sports Training Center Act. The proposed training center will be located at the Clark Green City within the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) in Pampanga.
The modern sports complex will serve as a training center for athletes, coaches, and referees, and will provide a training environment that is conducive to the psychological preparation of athletes for international sports competition.
The NSTC shall also serve as the center for sports science and research development.
Compostella Valley Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, principal author of HB 5615, said the present training centers being used by national athletes are outdated and in poor condition.
"Our national athletes deserve the best possible training opportunities so they can excel in international competitions. Our expectations must be coupled with support and action," he said.
The establishment of the sports complex is in line with the policies of the State "to promote and develop elite sports in the country; achieve excellence in the international sports competitions; ensure success in its quest for Olympic medals; and promote international amity among nations."
Upon completion of the construction of sports facilities and amenities of the National Sports Training Center, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will gain ownership and authority over the training center.
The 50-hectare complex will serve as the official home of the national athletes who belong to the 32 Olympic sports and other non-Olympic sports.
These are aquatic, archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards and snookers, BMX and cycling, bowling, boxing, chess, dancesport, equestrian, fencing, football, futsal, handball, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, muay thai, pencak silat, petanque, rugby, shooting, softball, soft tennis, squash, table tennis, taekwando, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
The sports complex shall also have facilities and amenities for the administration building, dormitory for athletes, coaches and referees, sports and science building, dining hall, recreation hall, sports library, conference rooms, worship/medication room and medical and dental clinic.
The amount necessary for the establishment and construction of the National Sports Training Center, including its annual maintenance and operation and management, shall be included in the budget of the PSC in the General Appropriations Act (GAA). (Filane Mikee Cervantes with Jessa Sastrillo
Source: Philippines News Agency