The provincial government is pushing for the creation of a Palawan Sports Academy and Training Center (PSATC) through Senate legislation, with hopes of developing the sports skills of promising young athletes and preparing them for international competitions.
According to main proponent Board Member Ryan Maminta, who authored the resolution, the recent victories by Filipino athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was one of the reasons why he is pushing for the national government’s consideration.
The approved resolution cited the passage of several laws that aided in the construction of five other provincial sports academies in different areas of the country, and the creation of the Philippine Sports Training Center to be built in Bataan province.
Maminta added that there are plenty of talented and promising athletes in the province, but lack access to proper training facilities, programs, and routines that will help them achieve their full potential and be eligible for international competitions.
“It was just one of the reasons. Marami kasi talagang talented na mga athletes dito, ‘yong mga iba nakikita ang galing on a regional level. Hopefully, kung pagbibigyan tayo ng national government, through Senator Sonny Angara, para magkaroon ng legislation to build our own sports academy and training center,” Maminta said in an interview on Tuesday.
Maminta explained that the school will be offering full-time classes to its enrollees, if its creation is approved.
Other provinces were able to establish their own sports academies and training centers through passed laws in various years.
The resolution cited legislation that instituted the creation of the Siargao Island Sports Academy, the Misamis Occidental Sports Academy, the Alfonso Sports Academy and Training Center in Cavite, the Davao del Norte Sports Academy, and the Talisay Sports Academy and Training Center in Negros Occidental.
Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial, and Carlo Paalam recently garnered attention not only for their feats in the Tokyo Olympics, but also shedding light on the lack of support for athletes in both the public and private sector.
They chronicled their struggles on securing sponsorships and the poor state of sports facilities while undergoing training, and only being lauded for their efforts until after winning in their respective sports.