THE powerful bicameral conference committee has approved a proposed legislation which seeks to establish a world-class sports training center in this developing Southeast Asian nation.
Described by many as “long overdue,” the setting up of the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC), we think, monuments government efforts to win the country’s first Olympic gold medal.
Sen. Joel Villanueva, vice chairman of the Senate committee on sports, hailed the approval of the consolidated measure, which is principally authored by Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
Villanueva also paid a glowing tribute to Sen. Sonny Angara and other authors of the measure in the Senate and the House of Representatives for pushing for the speedy passage of the bill.
Like other sports-loving Filipinos, we concede that the establishment of the proposed PSTC is not a guarantee that the country will produce its first gold medal in the next Olympic games.
But everybody agrees that it will go a long way in developing globally-competitive Filipino athletes, particularly our boxers, who are feared by even pugilists from European and other Asian nations.
The PSTC is envisioned to have modern training facilities for Olympic sports and other activities deemed significant and necessary by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
With a modern and fully-equipped training center and dedicated sports leaders and coaches, the “Pearl of the Orient Seas” is expected to produce an army of world-class athletes in the next few years.
And by approving the bill seeking the creation of the proposed PSTC, the bicameral conference committee is on track addressing some of the problems confronting Philippine sports.
Congress deserves the support of the public as it exerts its best efforts to help in developing great Filipino athletes.