Ramirez looks forward to 2 huge programs

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    THE National Academy of Sports and the Philippine Sports Training Center are two complementary projects that PSC chairman Butch Ramirez hopes to implement once the coronavirus crisis blows over.

    The two programs, based on Republic Acts 11214 and 11470, respectively, were among the future programs that Ramirez tackled during the Philippine Sportswriters Association online forum last Tuesday.

    “These two programs are complementary and are part of the PSC’s mandate of promoting both grassroots sports development as well making our elite sports program flourish,” he said.

    Republic Act 11470, also known as the National Academy of Sports Act, aims to set up a secondary institution for promising athletes whose sport-oriented curriculum will be geared at developing their talents and skills.

    The sports standouts enrolled at the NAS will all be state scholars.

    The main school campus will be at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac where the ultra-modern NCC Swimming Stadium and NCC Athletic Stadium, sites of the aquatics and athletic competitions in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December, are located.

    It was signed into law last June 10 by President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City.

    With party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella III as its principal author, Republic Act 11470, otherwise known as the Philippine Sports Training Center Act, was signed into law in 2018 and aims “to establish a state-of-the-art and highly scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center.”

    The law has earmarked P4.5 billion for the construction of the national training center that will be administered by the PSC, which will also be the lead agency for the NAS in cooperation with the Department of Education.