REPRESENTATIVE Mikee Romero of 1Pacman Party list bared his plan to file a bill that seeks to create a Department of Sports, the agency he envisions to take the lead in the implementation of policies for the promotion and development of sports and health fitness programs in the country.
The 17th Congress will officially begin on Monday but Romero and 81 other lawmakers have already shown their enthusiasm by making their proposed measures known for possible enactment into laws.
The House Bill No. 287, according to Romero, will address various issues that confront Philippine sports.
In the event that a sports department is finally created, its head will hold the position of secretary and will regularly attend Cabinet meetings, something that the Philippine Sports Commission chairman doesn’t enjoy.
Romero said the PSC has failed to live up to its mandate of providing leadership and setting the priorities and direction for all national amateur sports, pointing to the lack of attention given to the grassroots level.
A Department of Sports will greatly benefit not only the athletes and coaches themselves but also their families, he added.
“Since Mansueto Velasco won a silver medal in boxing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Philippines has not won a single medal in the succeeding editions,” said Romero, adding that after the country won the overall championship in 2005 SEAG, “Philippine sports seemed to have reached its threshold.”
After the Manila SEA Games, the country’s showing in the biennial regional sportsfest has dropped drastically, finishing sixth in 2007 Thailand Games, sixth in 2009 Laos Games (Vietnam), sixth in 2011 Palembang Games (Indonesia), seventh in 2013 Myanmar Games and sixth again in the Singapore SEA Games last year.