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House ratifies Bicam Report on Proposed Creation of Philippine Sports Training Center

Date: 13 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the consolidation of House Bill 5615 and Senate Bill 1716, seeking to establish a modern and highly scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center.

House Bill 5615 is principally authored by Reps. Peter Ruwel Gonzaga (2nd District, Compostela Valley), Mark Aeron Sambar (Party-list, PBA), Bellaflor Angara-Castillo (Lone District, Aurora) and Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan) while Senate Bill 1716 is authored by Senators Sonny Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Emmanuel Pacquiao, and Joel Villanueva.

The PSTC shall serve as the official and primary venue for the development of athletes in the National Team and training of coaches and referees. It shall also host local and international competitions, if necessary.

The proposed “Philippine Sports Training Center Act” declares it is the State policy to promote and develop sports in the country, achieve excellence in international sports competitions, and ensure success in the country’s quest to achieve competitiveness in the Olympic Games and promote international amity among nations.

Pursuant to this policy is the establishment and construction of a national sports training facility that shall serve as the primary strategy to achieve the above objectives.

Moreover, under Article 14, Section 19 of the Constitution, the State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.

To advance this policy, the State shall establish and construct a modern and highly scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC).

After a period of planning within six months upon effectivity of the Act, the necessary sports facilities and amenities at par with international standards shall be built within 18 months in a location conducive to the high-level training of athletes, coaches and referees.

Among the objectives of the PSTC shall be to: 1) serve as the official home and primary venue for the development of athletes in the National Team and its corresponding training pools included in the list of sports contemplated therein, through the use of scientific principles and programs, proven training techniques, and modern equipment and facilities that are at par with international standards; 2) contribute to sports science and research as the national sports training institution to assisted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), through the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI), as mandated by Republic Ac No. 6847; 3) serve as venue for the training of coaches and referees’ 4) host local and international competitions, if necessary; and 5) for other purpose inherent and incidental for which the PSTC is created.

The PSTC shall include the following facilities and amenities: administration building; athletes and coaches dormitory; baseball field; beach volleyball courts; bowling center; conference and seminar hall; covered swimming and diving pool; football field; gymnastics center; multi-purpose gymnasium; multi-purpose field, including but not limited to, Archery range, BMX track, lawn balls and Petanque field; Rugby pitch; skeet and trap range; and softball field.

The PSTC shall also include a track and field oval, tennis courts, velodrome, villas for guests, sports science building, mess hall, reception hall (AV Room), library, weight training building, school buildings, medical center, and worship and meditation room.

The PSTC shall include sports facilities and amenities for the Olympic sports and other non-Olympic sports. Among these are Aquatics, Archery, Arnis, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Billiards and Snookers, Muay Thai, Sambo, Wushu, Weightlifting, Karatedo, Chess, Dancesport, Petanque, Lawn Tennis, Wrestling, Rugby, Taekwondo, Volleball, Futsai, Jiu-Jitsu, and PencakSilat.

The PSC shall have the authority to administer, manage, operate and maintain the PSTC, including the administration of incidental income, security of the complex, assignment of personnel and hiring of managers, specialists and other staff as maybe needed.

Likewise, the ownership of the PSTC shall be vested upon the PSC. The title of the land over which the PSTC is established shall be transferred to the PSC in accordance with law either by grant, donation, or payment of just compensation.

There shall be a Deputy Executive Director who shall be appointed by the PSC Chairperson, and shall direct and supervise the day-to-day PSTC operations. The Deputy Executive Director must be a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, of good moral character, a college graduate, and has at least five years experience in sports administration.

The amount of P3.5 billion shall hereby be appropriated for the establishment and construction of the PSTC, and the funding shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA). Thereafter, the amount necessary for the maintenance, operation , and management of the PSTC shall be included in the budget of the PSC in the GAA.

All incidental income that may be derived by the PSC in its management and operation of the PSTC shall form part of the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).

The PSC Chairman shall submit a report to the Chairperson of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development and the Senate Committee on Sports on a quarterly basis about the status of the PSTC construction until its completion.

The PSC shall, in consultation and coordination with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), promulgate the necessary implementing rules and regulations of the Act not later than 30 days upon its effectivity.

The bicam conferees of the House Representatives were Reps. Conrado Estrella III (Party-list, ABONO), Gonzaga, Sambar, Primicias-Agabas, Cristina Roa-Puno (1st District, Antipolo City), Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo (1st District, Lanao del Norte), and Abigail Fare Ferriol-Pascual (Party-list, KALINGA). The Senate conferees were Senators Angara, Pacquiao, Aquino and Villanueva.

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