HOR COMPLEX, Quezon City (DWDD) – The House of Representatives has passed on second reading a bill seeking to require higher education institutions (HEIs) to report participation and program support expenditures in all college athletic programs.
House Bill 5152 or the proposed “Athletic Programs Report Act” aims to: help develop a healthy and competitive citizenry through sports and athletics; provide a database of information containing athletic program participation rate and financial support; and ensure that HEIs shall provide equal opportunities to both female and male student athletes in sports activities.
Rep. Mark Aeron H. Sambar (Party-list,PBA), principal author of the bill, said it is the State policy to promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence towards the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.
All educational institutions are also mandated to undertake regular sports activities throughout the country in cooperation with athletic clubs and other sectors, Sambar said. “In line with these objectives, both male and female athletes shall be given equal opportunities to receive proper training and participate in sports activities and competitions,” he added.
He said active participation in sports teaches the youth values such as teamwork, handling challenges, and overcoming obstacles, keeps the mind sharp and maintains physical fitness.
Sambar said the bill requires institution of higher education to disclose participation and program support expenditures in college athletic programs. “Learning institutions should inform prospective students of the college’s or university’s athletic programs in order for prospective students to make an informed judgment of whether to enroll in the school or not,” said Sambar.
The bill mandates HEIs to participate in any athletic programs recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The HEIs shall submit an annual report to the CHED chairperson regarding their intercollegiate athletic programs containing the following: the total number of participants in the athletic program and their gender; the ratio of male participants to female participants in the entire athletic program; the total operating expenses for the sports program; the total scholarship expenditures vis-a-vis the total number of participants; the ratio of male scholarship expenses to female scholarship expenses in the entire athletic program and the number of contests participated in by the team, and the ratio of participants to coaches among others.
On the part of the CHED, it shall compile and publish annually the information collected from HEIs, including the athletic conferences recognized by intercollegiate athletic associations and participated in by the HEIs.
The CHED shall also impose disciplinary action on HEIs and their personnel who will not comply with the said requirement.
The bill refers to college athletic programs refer as “college or university sports programs, league competitions, amateur sports, and other sports activities, including training for international competitions, organized by the HEI or participated in by a team of students representing a college or university.”
It refers to National Sports Associations (NSAs) as “various national sports associations accredited by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).”
It refers to program support expenditures as “operating, scholarship and other expenditures incurred by the HEI in organizing an athletic team and participating in an athletic program.”
The measure mandates the disclosure of athletic program participation rate and financial support, including the level of participation of NSAs and number of athletes registered with the different NSAs.
The HEIs shall also make available to the public the information contained in the report submitted to the CHED through publication through any of the following public information outlets: online, via the website of the institution; the local school paper; bulletin boards in campus premises; and other schemes to disseminate information.
Lastly, it provides that within 60 days upon the effectivity of the Act, the CHED, in coordination with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations, the Association of Local Colleges and Universities, and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), shall issue the necessary Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
Other authors of the bill are Reps. Ben P. Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar), Rose Marie J. Arenas (3rd District, Pangasinan), Christopher Vera Perez De Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan), Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla (2nd District, Zambales), Jonas C, Cortez (6th District, Cebu), Renato J. Unico Jr. (1st District, Camarines Norte), Carlito S. Marquez (Lone District, Aklan), Divina Grace C. Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur), Tricia Nicole Q. Velasco-Catera (Party-list, MATA), Gary C. Alejano (Party-list,MAGDALO), Alfredo A. Garbin Jr. (Party-list, AKO BICOL), Conrado M. Estrella III (Party-list, ABONO), Amado T. Espino, Jr.(5th District, Pangasinan), and Leopoldo N. Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan ). CONGRESS / MCAG