Solon pushes creation of Department of Sports

A lawmaker is pushing for the creation of the Department of Sports (DoS) to address various challenges and inadequacies in the sports programs and development in the country.

“It is now high time for the government to prioritize sports in the national agenda, and consider sports as an integral factor in nation building,” said 1-Pacman Partylist Representative Mikee Romero.

The solon stressed that House Bill 335 seeks to create the DoS, a Cabinet-level entity which would lead the implementation of policies on the promotion and development of the country’s sports and health fitness programs.

The DoS will be responsible for promulgating policies that would help the country improve its performance in international competition.

It would also be tasked to find solutions to the problems besetting Philippine sports including the lack of comprehensive national sports programs, the need to enhance the partnership with various sectors involved in sports, obsolete training methods, lack of modern and high quality training facilities, equipment and sports venues.

“The seeming deterioration of Philippine sports must be addressed for there was a time that our athletes were considered serious contenders in any sporting events we participated in, but unfortunately those times had passed,” Romero said.

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