Senator Manny Pacquiao has sought an inquiry on the current state of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) and other sports facilities amid calls to establish a “sustainable” sports facility development program in the country.
In filing Senate Resolution 688 asking the Committee on Sports to conduct the inquiry he noted that Republic Act 6847 or the Philippine Sports Commission Act of 1990 which promotes physical education and the development of sports.
“Proper sports facilities are necessary to train our athletes for various tournaments,” Pacquiao said.
“Access and exposure to quality facilities significantly contribute to an athlete’s overall development and preparedness to compete and excel on a global scale,” he said.
The Pambansang Kamao noted that RMSC used to serve as the training ground for home-grown athletes who were able to successfully represent the country in numerous sporting events.
“The RMSC is in dire need to be rehabilitated to keep up with the demands of training our potential world-class athletes,” the senator said.
Pacquiao said that based on reports and personal assessment that he conducted, “on various dates, last of which was on Dec. 12, 2017 the RMSC is in a state of continuous infrastructure decay.”
“Its halls and walls that once hosted historic sporting events stand as a grim reminder of the current state of Philippine sports–antiquated and lacking State funding,” he lamented.
“The current thrust of the government, as reflected by the State of the different sports facilities in the country, shows that sports does not rank on the top of its priority list,” Pacquiao said.
He added, “There is a need to rectify this situation and place sports again as a necessary program for the development of the holistic health of our citizens, especially of the youth.”