CAPAS, Tarlac (Feb. 9, 2023) — The National Academy of Sports in New Clark City is set to expand with three potentially new campuses outside Tarlac.
Bataan, Leyte, and Baguio City are about to have high schools dedicated to sports of their own.
The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture approved, subject to amendments, House Bill 355 introduced by Bataan Rep. Maria Angela Garcia; HB 411 filed by Leyte Rep. Carl Nicolas Cari; and HB 987 authored by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go.
The proposed high schools for sports would be supervised and managed by the Department of Education (DepED) in close collaboration with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to formulate and implement policies and programs.
The National Academy of Sports (NAS) was created by virtue of Republic Act 11470 to “develop the athletic skills and talents of students in world-class sports facilities which are at par with international standards.”
Basic Education Chairperson and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo clarified that the NAS law (RA 11470) does not limit the creation of sports campuses.
“What the law is saying is that it must be harmonized and standardized, meaning that the curriculum of NAS headed by DepED and PSC must be the one heeded by the different sports high schools,” he explained.