Para mailayo sa bisyo: Lito Atienza bats for revival of school-based sports program

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza has proposed the revival of school-based sports programs to keep the youth away from illegal drugs and encourage physical activity.

Atienza urged Congress to quickly restore comprehensive sports programs across all public as well as private elementary and high schools by bringing back the Bureau of Physical Education and School Sports (BPESS).

The BPESS was abolished in 2001 when Congress passed the Governance of Basic Education Act, which reorganized the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) into what is now the Department of Education (DepEd).

“There’s no question highly dynamic school-based individual and team sports will keep many of our children away from drugs, while allowing us to spot and develop future athletes at an early age,” Atienza said.

The Philippines has the second-highest proportion of school-going children aged 11 to 17 lacking physical activity at 93.4 percent, according to a global study by the London-based independent journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

Atienza has filed House Bill 1108, which seeks to rebuild the BPESS under a reinstated DECS in lieu of the DepEd.

“Vigorous school sports will also help address the utter lack of physical activity among Filipino children,” he said.