SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go congratulated President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for recognizing the country’s athletes and trailblazers during his inauguration last week.
The military-civic parade at the National Museum in the City of Manila included 25 wushu, sepak takraw, jiu-jitsu, judo, kurash, shooting, rowing and gymnastics athletes and coaches. Healthcare workers and other frontline responders also joined the parade.
Go said he’s always been for long-term grassroots athletic development. He served as chairman of the Senate Sports Committee and the Health and Demographics Committee for the 18th Congress which ended June 30.
He hopes to retain the chairmanship of both commissions at the 19th Congress.
“Let this also serve as a reminder of the continued sacrifices of our modern-day heroes: our healthcare workers and our many frontliners who put their lives on the line so that we can be protected from the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the senator. .
“As chairman of the Senate Athletics Committee, I stand at one with Chairman Marcos Jr. in emphasizing the importance of sport in nation building,” he said.
Go authored and co-sponsored Republic Act (RA) 11470 establishing the National Athletic Academy (NAS) system and main campus at the New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac.
The NAS is a government-run academy aimed at developing the nation’s future athletes by providing quality secondary education with a special sports curriculum.
The academy, which opened on September 13, 2021, has world-class sports facilities, housing and other amenities.
“It is an honor to help provide these opportunities for students who want to achieve more in their lives and help make a difference through proper athletic education and development,” said the senator.
He joined former President Rodrigo Duterte at the inauguration of the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) on June 17 in Bagac, Bataan.
The center is expected to be completed by 2024.
Signed by Duterte in 2019, RA 11214 or the “Philippine Sports Training Center Act” provided for the creation of the PSTC.
The PSTC will offer training in various sports, including swimming, basketball and volleyball.
Go said PSTC and NAS are government gifts to national athletes.