Harley B. Aglosolos, Region XI student journalist
“Kulang ang kamalayan sa kahalagahan ng isports hindi lamang sa mga tao sa labas ng DepEd, kung ‘di sa DepEd mismo.”
This was the analysis of Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali on the support given to sports not only by the stakeholders but by the personnel within DepEd.
“Reports have reached our office that school heads and teachers themselves do not support our athletes especially with their studies. That is because they are not aware of the State’s mandate on sports anchored on Section 19 of Article XIV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution,” Umali explained during the Sports Journalism Seminar held at NSCC in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur on April 13, 2018.
Umali cited the provision of the Constitution stating that “The State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competition and amateur sports,” and that “all education sectors shall undertake regular sports activities throughout the country.”
“Marami talaga ang nagsasabi na sana matalo na lang ang mga atleta dahil sa tingin nila gastos lang ‘pag nanalo sila at abala ang isports sa pag-aaral,” Umali noted.
The Undersecretary added that students are hesitant to join sports because they could fail in their academics since they may be out of the class for trainings.
“Teachers can help our athletes by giving them modular learning so they could catch up with the lessons they have missed during the trainings,” Umali added.
According to him, sports should be supported since it is a means of fostering self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.