SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go commended the Higher Education Commission for initiating CHEd Sports Day to promote the values of sports education to student-athletes, coaches and sports institutions.
The senator, in a video message, congratulated the committee’s sports management cell on Friday “for having successfully organized the CHEd Sports Day”.
“This activity is very timely given that hundreds of our athletes are in Hanoi, Vietnam today to compete in the 2021 SEA (South East Asia) Games with the aim of bringing glory to the country,” said declared Go.
“May their perseverance serve as an inspiration to all of the student-athletes who participate here today,” added the chairman of the Senate Athletics Committee.
Go said he wanted to prioritize the welfare of Filipino athletes and push for the development of the sport, noting that sport is an “underrated” part of nation building.
“Sport enhances our appreciation of laws, rules and regulations. It strengthens social bonds, brings communities together and promotes cohesion, tolerance and inclusiveness,” he added.
It has also been proven to reduce crime, drug use and other illegal activities, the senator explained.
“At the national level, sports enliven the collective spirit of the Filipino nation and push it towards unity and bayanihan (cooperation),” Go said.
He added that promoting sports development and education can help young people achieve a healthier future, especially amid the ongoing health crisis.
In keeping with his vision to provide a dedicated academy for promising young athletes, Go said he authored and co-sponsored Republic Act 11470, establishing the National Academy of Sports (NAS) in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac.
A government-run educational institution, NAS offers a secondary school curriculum with an integrated special sports curriculum, which was developed in close coordination with the Department of Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.
The academy is equipped with world-class sports facilities, accommodation and other amenities that meet international standards.
A sufficient number of classrooms and other facilities have also been built in the complex to provide a conducive learning environment for all students.
“To support all efforts to promote the development of sports in the country, I drafted and co-sponsored the National Sports Academy Act, which provides the country’s most promising student-athletes with a quality secondary education while helping them train in the sport,” Go said.
“Through our hard work and unity, I am confident that more Filipino athletes will put the country on the world stage and that sport will help us create a much better future for the whole nation,” he said. added.
Go in 2021 witnessed the signing of the deed of donation of the land on which the Philippine Sports Training Center will be built in Bagac, Bataan.
As vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, he also lobbied for the allocation of sufficient funds for a master development plan for the center.
The facility is expected to be completed by 2025.