MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law a bill establishing a primary sports development and training center for the province of Sarangani.
Duterte signed Republic Act 11224 on Feb. 22 but a copy of which was released to media on Saturday (March 2).
“The Provincial Government of Sarangani and municipal government of Alabel, in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), shall take the necessary steps to upgrade, improve, and modernize existing facilities, equipment and personnel and integrate them into the newly created sports training center,” the law reads.
"The provincial government of Sarangani and the municipal government of Alabel, in coordination with the PSC, shall create the necessary training programs, appropriate tournaments, and competition, as well as the system by which the facilities shall be maintained and managed in order to accomplish the objectives and purpose of this Act,” it added.
Under the law, the provincial government of Sarangani and the municipal government of Alabel will fund the construction, establishment and operation of the Sarangani Sports Training Center.
Funds will be granted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). In addition, grants and endowments may be obtained from local or foreign sources and intended for sports development.
This act will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
This Act was passed by the House of Representatives as House Bill 6130 on Aug. 23, 2017 and adopted by the Senate as an amendment to Senate Bill 1712 on Nov. 28, 2018.
On Feb. 14, Duterte signed RA 11214 otherwise known as Philippine Sports Training Center Act establishing a state-of-the-art and highly-scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC).
The proposed PSTC will have a budget of PHP3.5 billion for the construction of the sports training center which will serve as “official home and primary venue” of the national teams and its correspondent training pools. (PNA)