With the recent wins of Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and the growing popularity of the Pinoy football team Azkals, lawmakers feel the need for a school system focused on training young athletic talents.
Senator Pia Cayetano, author of the Senate Bill 2620 or the “Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS) Act of 2001”, feels there is a need for a focused educational system particularly for young Pinoy athletes.
The school will be aimed at providing training programs that specifically prepare its students to compete in national, regional and Olympic levels. The PHSS is modeled after the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) and the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), which have focused programs for its students.
Cayetano explains that she wants to fuel young athletes’ passion for sports and excellence, especially with the popularity of Manny Pacquiao and the Azkals. “The creation of the PHSS is long overdue. We need to breed new generations of homegrown sports heroes to elevate the country's performance in regional and international sports competitions in the long-term, and at the same time, serve as an inspiration for our people, especially the youth.”
Senator Ed Angara believes that it is high time that our country follows suit after our ASEAN neighbors Singapore, Malaysia, India and Thailand, who have all set up such a school for athletes. He added as well that countries winning Olympic gold medals are those which have institutionalized training for the sports competitions.
Source: • May 15, 2011. “Lawmakers push high school for Filipino athletes” Ph.News.Yahoo.com