House OKs creation of National Academy of Sports System

The National Academy of Sports System would serve as the premier training center for Filipino athletes and will be a catalyst that would ignite sports development in the country as it aims to create a "world-class grassroots sports program." 

House Bill No. 6312 establishing the National Academy of Sports (NAS) System has been approved by the House of Representatives on the third reading with 206 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and no abstention. The bill seeks to train high school students with strong athletic potential in a specialized school that would serve as the premier training institution for world-class Filipino athletes and future sports heroes.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, one of the co-authors of the bill, stated that NAS System would serve as the premier training center for Filipino athletes and will be a catalyst that would ignite sports development in the country as it aims to create a "world-class grassroots sports program."

“Sports is the best teacher of discipline. It instills passion, sacrifice, and patriotism among the youth and helps to bring positive transformation in the community. But more importantly, it is a potent tool to prevent young children from getting addicted to illegal drugs,” Cayetano said.

The bill mandates that NAS System would carry out an initial program for high school students by giving scholarships combined with a special curriculum regarding sports. The NAS System shall also be exempted from taxes and duties in the importation of sportswear, equipment, books, supplies, instruments, materials and goods, as well as school donations.

The academy’s main campus and its sports facilities and amenities are to be constructed at New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac which shall accommodate 20,000-seater athletics stadium, 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes’ village.

President Rodrigo Duterte identified the creation of NAS as one of the priority bills under the 18th Congress during his 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

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