THE House Committee on Youth and Sports Development created a technical working group to act on proposals to create a sports academy and a sports institute.

/ 25 March 2021

In a virtual hearing headed by its chair, Isabela Rep. Faustino Michael Dy III, the committee decided to integrate bills on the establishment of a sports academy.

House Bill 4736 filed by Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo and HB 6031 by Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez seek to establish the Philippine Institute of Sports (PIS).

Based on the bill, PIS aims to formulate a comprehensive training program for athletes, optimize the participation of all sectors in the development of athletes beginning at the grassroots level and lead in the developing and nurturing of a sporting culture. 

On the other hand, HB 2440 by Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda; HB 2646 by Zambales Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla; HB 2955 by Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing and Sultan Kudarat Rep. Horacio Suansing Jr.; as well as HB 3099 of Deputy Speaker Strike Revilla seek the creation of the Philippine Sports Academy (PSA).

The PSA would serve as the education and training arm of the Philippine Sports Commission for the development of athletes capable of winning gold and other medals as well as sports manpower. 

It would train and grant degrees, in coordination with the Department of Education, to educators in different levels of specialization through academic degree programs. 

The PSA will likewise train and accredit coaches, trainers, sports managers, referees, umpires, community sports psychologists, and sports medicine practitioners, through non-degree programs, among others.