By Billy Begas
The House Committees on Basic Education and Culture and on Sports and Youth Development have approved in a joint meeting the proposed establishment of Baguio City Sports High School.
Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, author of House Bill 9386 said establishing a sports high school in Baguio City would open a lot of opportunities for young athletes in northern Luzon, which may be replicated in many strategic locations across the archipelago.
Go also pointed out that many studies have shown that training in high altitudes improve athletic performance.
“With the creation of the Baguio City Sports High School, not only will the country raise generations of world class athletes, it will also raise sports awareness and interest among the Filipino youth,” Go said.
Go said the proposed school will be under the Department of Education (DepEd) but in the future its program can be made to align with that of the National Academy of Sports System.
The school would implement a general secondary curriculum, with special focus on the sports that would develop the athletic skills and potentials of high school students.
Isabela Rep. Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III, chairperson of the Sports and Youth Development panel said that Baguio City is ideal for altitude training because of its low temperature and high elevation of about 4,600 to 5,200 feet above sea level.
Philippine Sports Commission National Training Director Marc Velasco said the agency have no objection to the measure.