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TWG formed to look into ‘Magna Carta of Student-Athletes’

Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:38

In line with efforts to promote the welfare of student-athletes, the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development, chaired by Abono Partylist Rep. Conrado M. Estrella III, has formed a technical working group (TWG) to study proposal which seeks to establish a “Magna Carta of Student-Athletes”.

The TWG, which will be tasked to fine-tune House Bill 583 which is aimed at promoting the welfare of student-athletes, will be headed by Antipolo 1st District Rep. Cristina Roa-Puno.

House Bill 583, is authored by Deputy Speaker and Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Pia Cayetano, seeks to address issues and concerns encountered for many years by many student-athletes, past and present, as there is no existing law that promotes and protects their overall welfare.

“The intention of the bill is to raise awareness among all stakeholders in the educational institutions of what these students go through and what they bring to their schools in terms of honor and prestige,” the lady politiko stressed.

“Yet, it must always be emphasized that they are students and not just athletes,” she added.

The bill also aims to provide appropriate recognition and protection to the rights and general welfare of student-athletes encompassing academic, amateur sports, and mental and physical aspects.

The bill also provides protection for student-athletes from discriminatory policies that may restrict their participation in any field of amateur sports which they have chosen to join and compete in and consequently hinder the development their full potential as athletes and well-rounded citizens of the country.

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