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Solon Calls for Promotion of Philippine Games and Allocation of Budget for Athletes

9 May 2012 No Comment

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May 7, 2012

Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio participated in the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan today to join student athletes, coaches and teachers from various private and public schools across the country. With this year’s theme, “Clean, Green and Hi-tech,” Rep. Tinio called on the Department of Education to create programs that would promote sports among the youth amidst other activities that are currently popular among them such as social media and internet gaming. He urged the DepEd and other funding agencies to allot a decent budget for our student athletes to be spent for trainings, facilities, uniforms and stipends for students to be inspired and encouraged.

Engaging in sports will foster the development of Filipino virtues such as camaraderie and collective effort among the youth. In this age of technology where the youth is currently engrossed in social media and high-tech gadgets, it is but right to promote and preserve the Filipino youth’s innate talent in sports.

“What we must strive for is a genuine and long term sports development. We should veer away from relying on imported talent, national teams whose members basically grew up and trained abroad especially in the field of football and basketball. We must tap the huge potential and talents of the Filipino youth in the public school system through the Palarong Pamabansa. However, none of these can be done with a measly budget,” Rep. Tinio said.

Rep. Tinio called on the Department of Education to allot funds for the development and the improvement of sports training among the youth. “We have heard of success stories—of student athletes who won in competitions with only a meagre budget. While it is good that the DepEd has allotted P8.5 Million for special sports program, it must be ensured that the funds be distributed to student athletes even from far flung areas of the country. Funds must also be used not only to subsidize training but also to promote interest in sports among the youth,” Rep. Tinio said. The funding for student athletes have a limited scope as a few schools were only selected as recipients. #