New Year’s resolution: Yul Servo vows to work harder to pass bills on sports dev’t

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Manila Rep. Yul Servo has vowed to work double time this year to pass bills that will help both aspiring and professional athletes.

Nieto, the chairman of the House committee on youth and sports development, said he will prioritize bills on anti-doping in sports, sustainability of sports development in the country, Philippine athletes in military services, as well as the construction of multi-purpose gyms in all cities and municipalities.

The lawmaker said he will also focus on legislative measures on retirement, healthcare and death benefits for world champion athletes, determination of banned performance substances used in competition, athlete’s rights to try out and train in international competitions, as well as financial assistance to young athletes, indigenous games and e-sports.

Despite the pandemic, Nieto’s committee helped pass into law 12 consolidated house bills, jointly referred to it and the House Committee on Basic Education, which led the deliberations.

One of the panel’s significant achievements is the passage into law of Republic Act 11470 establishing the National Academy of Sports.